The Citizens Campaign today announced that PatersonPress.com was recognized by New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists with a first place award for Best Independent Online News Organization for its full and unbiased reporting of Paterson, NJ.

PatersonPress.com was recognized for providing broad, unbiased coverage of the City of Paterson from the nitty-gritty daily operations of local government to aggressive investigations to hold public officials accountable, as well as positive stories that highlight educational achievements and recreational opportunities.

PatersonPress.com also won NJSPJ's Best Independent Online News Organization award last year. Editor Joe Malinconico said, "We are very honored that we continue to be recognized for our efforts to keep residents informed and engaged in Paterson.”

This year, PatersonPress.com also received two second place awards in Online Feature Reporting and Online News Reporting. Freelance reporter Charley Falkenburg was a contributor to the Independent Online News Organization and Online Feature Reporting entries.

PatersonPress.com was launched in October 2010 by The Citizens Campaign with funding by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.  It uses the platform ofTheAlternativePress.com. The Citizens Campaign founded the PatersonPress.com to ensure that residents of New Jersey’s third most populous municipality had quality coverage of city government and politics, and increase citizen engagement.

The Citizens Campaign Chairman, Harry Pozycki said, “PatersonPress.com offers Patersonians old school investigative reporting in the new world of online media. PatersonPress.com diligently uncovers government waste and abuse of power, but at the same time provides vital public service by showcasing positive news."

In addition to the expert coverage of city government and politics, PatersonPress.comoffers “civic corner” to educate readers on how they can participate in government and politics.  PatersonPress.com also has sections devoted to the arts, education, transit, and police & fire.

The Citizens Campaign is a non-partisan, non-profit initiative to inspire and teach citizens to participate in the leadership of their communities. The Citizens Campaign is also facilitating the “New Jersey Online News Resource Group” to help hyperlocal news sites thrive and provide robust coverage of local government and politics.