Winning NJ Society of Professional Journalism Awards

Got some great news today–I placed third in both the Online Feature Writing and Online Review Writing categories of the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Better Journalism Contest for 2012!

I’m super thankful to the Jersey City Independent and JCI Magazine (then NEW Magazine) as well as Catherine Hecht and Jennifer Weiss, who helped me churn out some truly great pieces last year.

Nimbus Dance Works dancers perform. PeiJu Chien-Pott photo

Also, of course, I couldn’t do it without the great movers and shakers in the Jersey City art scene. I received Third Place in Online Feature Writing for my article on Nimbus Dance Works, “Up in the Clouds: Samuel Pott’s Vision Brings Nimbus Dance Works to Great Heights,” which was published in December on the Jersey City Independent website. It also appears in the Winter 2012 issue of NEW Magazine (now JCI). Nimbus is a nonprofit organization that brings high-caliber modern dance performances, dance classes and other dance-related opportunities to underprivileged communities in Jersey City. The company also does a lot of youth outreach, especially with its annual production “Jersey City Nutcracker,” and performs in New York City and other cities.

I received my Third Place in Review Writing award for a review of Art House Productions’ mainstage play “Something to Remember Me By.” It was published in June on the JCI website as “Something to Remember Me By Brings Prime-time Drama to the Stage — Or Rather, the Table.” Art House Productions is a nonprofit arts organization that brings theater, dance, visual art and other fun art-related programing to Jersey City at a low cost. Every year they have a major mainstage production. In 2012, it was “Something to Remember Me By,” written by executive director Christine Goodman and directed by artistic director Jack Halpin, who has since stepped down from his position to further pursue his acting career.

I’m super excited about my awards, of course, and hope to place even higher next year!


About Summer Dawn Hortillosa

Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a journalist specializing in arts and entertainment. Among other things, she is also an award-winning playwright, director, singer-songwriter and actress. Her work has been seen in The Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal and other publications.
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