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May 11, 2017

NJTV Receives SOBA College Recovery’s Media Spotlight Award for “Healthy NJ” Initiative

njtv_soba-17-awardNJTV received the 2017 Media Spotlight Award at last night’s SOBA College Recovery Awards & Commencement Ceremony for its work on the Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Crisis initiative. The ceremony, held at the Cook College Student Center of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, was attended by more than 150 people, a combination of students, parents, faculty and public officials, who were there to celebrate graduates of SOBA’s addiction recovery program.

The award was given to NJTV for heightening awareness of the addiction issues in New Jersey, and offering the public what Joel Pomales, SOBA College Recovery’s Clinical Outreach Coordinator & Advocacy Director, described as information, “beyond just the negative and sensational horror-story aspects of addiction so many media focus on but instead providing a bigger picture of the issue, with resources and stories of hope along with the facts.”

 Selma Betancourt & Briana Vannozzi accept the award on behalf of NJTV

Selma Betancourt & Briana Vannozzi accept the award on behalf of NJTV

NJTV News Correspondent Briana Vannozzi accepted the award on behalf of NJTV, commenting that this initiative and this type of news coverage, “is exactly what public television should be doing- educating the public.” At the podium with Vannozzi was Community Outreach Coordinator Selma Betancourt, who was credited with orchestrating the community forums across New Jersey and populating the njdrugcrisis.org website with ongoing information and resources. NJTV’s Communications Director Deb Falk was also in attendance. Among those also honored that evening was State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who received the Champion For Recovery Award.

NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis was a year-long multi-platform initiative that combined multiple community forums with news coverage,  a comprehensive website and a call for poems. Its website is continually updated with additional news and information about the addiction and overdose crisis that afflicts the Garden State and so many other places across the country.

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