Passantino Wins Eight Awards from Annual Statewide Journalism Contest

Sad Day
Just Super
A Tale of Two Bridges
My Turn
May I Help You?
Snow Daze

BAYONNE, NJ (May 3, 2017) – Former TAPinto Bayonne Town Editor Joseph Passantino won eight awards from the Garden State Journalism Association in its 70th Annual Memorial Journalism Awards Competition.

Five of the awards were for photojournalism work done for TAPinto Bayonne.

Passantino won for TAP in the photography categories of Spot News, General News, and Portraits & Personalities.

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In “Photography, Spot News,” he won first place for his photo titled “Sad Day,” taken following an apparent suicide. 

In “Photography, General News,” Passantino took both first and second places for “Just Super,” a shot of a super moon over The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, and “A Tale of Two Bridges,” which showcased the construction of a Bayonne-area crossing.

In “Photography, Portraits & Personalities,” he again took the two top spots, for “My Turn,” capturing a child waiting anxiously for ice cream from his father, and “May I Help You?,” his shot of a dog “manning” the customer counter in a veterinarian office. 

Passantino also won three awards for work at his previous employer, the Bayonne-based Hudson Reporter newspaper group.

He received a first-place writing award for his story, “Smack Surges in Hudson County,” which appeared in The Weehawken Reporter. This garnered him the Hildy Johnson Award, which recognizes the “outstanding print or broadcast news story of the year.”

Along with co-author Al Sullivan, Passantino also took home a second-place writing award in the “Print/Investigative Reporting” category for “Electronic Cheating? School District Investigates Possible Smart Phone Cheats,” which appeared in the Bayonne Community News

Passantino won second place in the “Photography, Essay” category for “Snow Daze; After the Blizzard,” which also ran in the Bayonne Community News. The photo series chronicled Bayonne happenings following a 20-plus inch snowfall.

The honors were for work completed in 2016.

Passantino will receive his awards at the GSJA’s annual dinner later this month.


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