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South Jersey Observer Editor Winner of the 2017 Society Professional Journalist Tim O'Brien Award

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BELLMAWR, NJ (May 19, 2017)(CNBNewsnet)--Congratulations to Bellmawr resident Anne Forline, editor of the South Jersey Observer who won the 2017 Society of Professional Journalist Tim O’Brien Award for Best Use of the NJ Open Public Records Law.

This award honors the best reporting that uses the N.J. Open Public Records Act to expose issues of public significance. The award is made jointly by the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, a non-profit, non-partisan group that advocates for government transparency and free access to government information, and the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Among the judging criteria are: significance of the issues to the audience for which the reporting was done; impact of the reporting, if any; creativity and ingenuity shown in finding and using public records to document matters of public importance; persistence needed to overcome obstacles to release the records, if any; integrity and honesty in presenting results.

AWARD: First Place, WINNER: Anne Forline, ENTRY TITLE: “South Jersey Observer Works to Provide Transparency & Accountability in Bellmawr”, NEWS OUTLET: South Jersey Observer, JUDGES COMMENT: This enterprising reporter saw a need for transparency in local government and did what was necessary to fulfill it. Congrats in starting SJO.,

For the full list of the 2017 SPJ winners click here