The Cleveland Jewish News captured seven awards in the Press Club of Cleveland’s Excellence in Journalism Awards, announced last week.

Staff Reporter Carlo Wolff won in the breaking news category for his exclusive interview with attorneys Jaye Schlachet and Craig Weintraub, who defended Ariel Castro, who was found guilty of kidnapping three Cleveland women. Wolff’s story was titled, “’We actually did a mitzvah’: Attorneys’ work spared Castro’s life as world watched kidnap case.”

Staff Reporter Ed Wittenberg, Managing Editor Bob Jacob and Wolff received an award in the community/local coverage category for “Fire department charge has anti-Semitic overtones,” about a former non-Jewish employee claiming the Shawnee Township Fire Department encouraged Nazi practices.

Former Staff Reporter Michael C. Butz, former reporter Madeleine Winer, Wolff and Jacob earned an award in the arts and entertainment division for a six-page section about “Superman.” Butz is now CJPC lifestyles editor. Winer previously was an Irving I. Stone Editorial Intern.

Jacob captured an award in general news column for his “Spending first Mother’s Day without Mom.”

He also received awards in two headline-writing categories: best single headline for daily and non-daily newspapers with “Thanksgiving ‘meats’ Chanukah” and for multiple headlines in the “best of” category.

Jstyle, under the direction of Art Director Rob Ghosh and Butz, who edited Jstyle, earned a “best of” category award.

First place, second place and honorable mention will be announced at the annual dinner June 6 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland.

“We are most pleased with the direction and progress of CJN content over the past many months, and that the results have been recognized recently with multiple awards by the American Jewish Press Association and now the Press Club of Cleveland,” said Marc Freimuth, president of the CJN Board of Directors.

“This is a real tribute to our editorial team under the leadership of Managing Editor Bob Jacob, who has also received individual awards, and to the leadership of our Publisher and CEO Kevin S. Adelstein. These awards are particularly appreciated as we celebrate our 50th anniversary and look forward to the future with continued strengths and vision.”

The CJN won three Rockower Awards in the AJPA contest announced last month.

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