For immediate release: May 19, 2005
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Linda Brown Holt
Judiciary Times Wins Professional Journalists' Award
Judiciary Times, the quarterly newsletter of the New Jersey Judiciary, received a "Best of 2004" award from the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, it was announced May 18. The publication was one of only three newsletters honored in the Newsletters and Online Publications category of the chapter's annual contest.
"Judiciary Times is one of the tools we use to communicate about our innovative programs to the public and to staff," said Judge Philip S. Carchman, acting administrative director of the courts. "We all are very proud of Linda Brown Holt, who created and edits the newsletter, Winnie Comfort, communications director, and the entire communications staff and courthouse contributors for winning this award."
The New Jersey Chapter of SPJ was founded in 1959 and its annual journalism awards program has grown steadily over the years to become one of the most competitive and prestigious in the state. This year it attracted more than 700 entries, a record number for the 40-year-old competition
In her letter of application for the contest, Linda Brown Holt, editor of Judiciary Times, noted that the newsletter attempts to put "a human face on justice for judges and court staff throughout New Jersey." Articles include "a day in the life" of Judiciary operations such as the bustling Civil Division in Jersey City, as well as in-depth interviews of judges and staff. The newsletter may be viewed on the Judiciary's prize-winning Web site, njcourtsonline.com.
Ms. Comfort and Ms. Holt will join other award winners to be honored June 4 at a ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.