Gazette receives national award
‘Top 10 Publishers’ honorable mention
HAMMONTON—The Hammonton Gazette was one of only 11 media companies nationwide recognized with an honorable mention under the 10 members of Editor & Publisher (E & P) Magazine’s “Top 10 Publishers Who Do It Right.” The awards were announced on March 1 on the E & P website and social media and articles about the award winners, including The Gazette, appear in the March edition of E & P Magazine.
The longstanding awards have been given to some of the largest and most-honored newspapers, television, radio and digital media outlets in the country and the world.
The Top 10 award winners were as follows (in alphabetical order): Cimarron Valley Communications (Cushing, OK); Community Journals (Greenville, SC); Kansas Publishing Ventures LLC (South Central Kansas); Las Vegas Review-Journal (Las Vegas, NV); Mariposa Gazette (Mariposa, CA); Oahu Publications Inc./The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Honolulu, HI); Pioneer Publishing (Omaha, NE); Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT); The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA); and The Tennessean (Nashville, TN).
The 11 honorable mention award winners were as follows (in alphabetical order): Cherryroad Media (Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ); Hearst Newspapers/Hearst Connecticut Media (Norwalk, CT); Rappahannock Media LLC (Washington, VA); Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA); TAPinto (New Providence, NJ); The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette (Champaign, IL); The Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, DC); The Cordova Times-Native Village of Eyak (Cordova, AK); The Hammonton Gazette (Hammonton, NJ); The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) and The Washington Informer (Washington, D.C.)
Editor & Publisher Magazine was founded in 1884 and has a monthly print and digital audience of 170,000, according to the magazine.
E & P’s magazine article detailed The Gazette’s history and accomplishments.
“Founded in 1997 by then 23-year-old Gabriel Donio, owner and publisher, The Hammonton Gazette is still growing strong 25 years later. The founding editor-in-chief, Gina Rullo, and sports editor, Dan Russoman, have also been with the company since its inception. In that time, The Hammonton Gazette has expanded from a 24-page weekly print edition to a 60- to 80-page weekly print edition, a digital replica edition, a website (hammontongazette.com) with 125 local banner ads, weekly and monthly YouTube and Facebook news briefs, and a new quarterly in-paper and online lifestyle magazine, ‘The Hammontonian Magazine.’ The Gazette also offers services to external clients, like curated social media management accounts, website creation and management, and an in-house print shop,” the E & P article said.
The article continued with more information about The Gazette.
“The Hammonton Gazette sells on newsstands in seven municipalities in southern New Jersey and delivers to print subscribers in more than 200 towns. Known for its accurate, creative and informative content, The Gazette and Editor-in-Chief Gina Rullo were awarded the “Courage Under Fire” award and an award for investigative reporting on municipal government from the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists in 2021,” the article said.
Gazette Publisher Gabriel Donio expressed his thanks for the award on March 1.
“We’re celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. It’s a perfect time for our team to be recognized—including Editor-in-Chief Gina Rullo and Dan Russoman, both of whom have been at The Gazette along with me for 25 years; Lead Graphic Designer MarySusan Hoffman; and Staff Members Kristin Guglietti, Sean Friel and Joseph F. Berenato. Everyone works so hard to provide the best content to our readers and advertisers, and they have all made a difference in Hammonton through their work,” Donio said.
Donio said the national award for the newspaper also belongs to the entire town of Hammonton.
“This isn’t just The Hammonton Gazette’s award. It’s Hammonton’s award. We could not have done it without our readers and advertisers, and we thank them and Editor & Publisher for this honorable mention. Next year we’ll work to make it into the Top 10!” Donio said.