Community News Service, the parent company of, has been recognized by a pair of organizations for both journalism and design work done in 2018.
The CNS editorial department earned accolades in the Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Chapter’s 2019 Best in Journalism Contest. The competition is open to all journalists in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This is the first time the Keystone Chapter has recognized CNS.
Assistant managing editor Rob Anthes won first place in the environmental reporting category for “Tempers boil in water fight,” a detailed look at the woes of Trenton Water Works and what state and local officials were doing to stop them. The article ran in the Ewing Observer, Lawrence Gazette, Hamilton Post and Hopewell Express newspapers.

Anthes also won second place for commentary with his Minutes From Somewhere Else column in the Hamilton Post. To give judges a broader sense of their work, contestants had to submit three columns from 2018.

CNS received also four awards from the Association of Free Community Papers, an international trade organization for publications. AFCP unveiled award-winners during its annual convention, held this year April 25-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It received more than 1,300 individual entries. won top honors in the best online presentation of news content, the second consecutive year the website has earned recognition in the category.
The Hamilton Post newspaper earned third place overall in the general excellence category, besting entrants from across North America. This is the fourth time the Hamilton Post has earned a general excellence distinction from AFCP.
Graphic artist Vaughan Burton won second place in the best single ad; fitness, fashion, beauty/process color/newsprint category for his work on an advertisement for Dandelion Jewelry in U.S. 1 Newspaper.
Business editor Diccon Hyatt earned honorable mention in the best original writing – news category for “Racist posts rattle race,” an investigation into racist, sexist and otherwise questionable posts appearing on social media accounts owned by candidates for Hamilton Township Board of Education.
Based in Lawrence, Community News Service has won awards in each of the last 10 years, gaining recognition for its editorial content and design, advertising design and overall excellence of its publications. CNS publishes the Bordentown Current, Ewing Observer, Hamilton Post, Hopewell Express, Lawrence Gazette, Princeton Echo, Robbinsville Advance, Trenton Downtowner, West Windsor-Plainsboro News and U.S. 1 newspaper.

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