RED BANK – The Two River Times™ won six awards in the New Jersey Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for 2012.
In advertising, the paper’s production manager, Chris Draper, won a first place award in the Best Restaurant/ Entertainment Ads category for weekly newspapers, under 6,500 circulation, for an ad called “Just Restaurants.” Draper also won third place in the Best Home Furnishings/Appliances Ad category with an advertisement called “Serving Up Savings.”
The Two River Times™’ Paint the Town Pink special section, which was published May 4, 2012, received two awards. Draper won second place for his work on the section in the category Best External Promotional Piece or Media Kit. Cyndy Mernick, head of The Two River Times™ layout and design, and the newspaper’s staff won second place for the Packaging the News – Special Section category.
Mernick and the staff also won a third place for Packaging the News – Features Section Layout and Content for the Sept. 28 features section.
Joan Ellis, the paper’s film critic, won a third place award in the Reporting, Writing and Illustration – Arts and Entertainment Writing category for her review of the movie Arbitrage.
Eligible entries were published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012. The contest is judged by professionals who are independent of the New Jersey Press Association.
The awards were presented in the editorial categories at Press Night on Thursday, April 25, 2013 and the advertising awards were presented Thursday, April 11, during the Spring Awards Celebration in Hamilton.