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Community News wins 7 AFCP awards

Jun 01, 2016 06:45AM, Published by Community News Service, Categories: Today, Community, News



Community News Service, publishers of the Bordentown Current, won seven awards in the 2016 Association of Free Community Papers’ Best of the Best competition.

The AFCP unveiled award-winners April 29 at its annual convention, held this year in San Diego, California. It received more than 1,400 entries from across North America.

CNS took first and second place in the “Column Written to Entertain” category. Managing editor Joe Emanski won first with “The hell of middle school never fades,” which appeared in the January 2015 edition of the Hamilton Post. Senior community editor Rob Anthes won second with “Pet’s passing doesn’t weaken bond between man and his dog,” which also appeared in the January 2015 edition of the Hamilton Post.

It is the fourth AFCP award for Emanski, and the ninth for Anthes.

In the sportswriting category, sports editor Samantha Sciarrotta won first place for “Schools tackle injuries,” a look at the injury protocols for local high school sports programs that ran in the November 2015 issue of the Ewing Observer and the Hamilton Post. It is Sciarrotta’s first AFCP honor.

Graphic artist Norine Longo and senior community editor Bill Sanservino took third place in the feature story layout category for their work designing “The Vinyl Frontier,” a feature on the Princeton Record Exchange in the April 2015 edition of the Princeton Echo. Longo and Sanservino are first-time AFCP winners.

Longo also won second place in the AFCP’s advertising design contest, which asked artists to create, from scratch, an advertising campaign for a fictional business.

The AFCP honored other CNS production staff members, as well. Ad traffic coordinator Stephanie Jeronis won first place in the “Fitness, Fashion and Beauty Spot Color Ad” category. Graphic artist Vaughan Burton earned a honorable mention in the “Color Ad - More than 12 inches in depth” category. It is Jeronis’ first AFCP award, and Burton’s second.

Based in Lawrence, Community News Service has won awards in seven of the last eight years, gaining recognition for its editorial content and design, advertising design and overall excellence of its publications. CNS publishes the Bordentown Current, Ewing Observer, Hamilton Post, Hopewell Express, Lawrence Gazette, Princeton Echo, Robbinsville Advance, Trenton Downtowner, West Windsor-Plainsboro News and U.S. 1 newspaper. For more information about CNS, visit communitynewsnj.com.

For more information about the AFCP, go online to afcp.org.


Community News Service Association of Free Community Papers


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