ST. LOUIS – The Cleveland Jewish News won four awards at the American Jewish Press Association’s 38th annual Simon Rockower Awards Competition for Excellence in Jewish Journalism.
The awards, earned for work produced in 2018, were presented during a June 25 banquet at Third Degree Glass Factory as part of the AJPA’s annual conference.
“The Simon Rockower awards were created in 1979 as a vehicle to honor Rockower’s deep love for the craft of Jewish journalism. The recognition for these works is especially meaningful when you consider the historical perspective and depth of competition throughout the Jewish world,” said Kevin S. Adelstein, publisher and CEO of the Cleveland Jewish News and president of the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company. “These prestigious awards speak to the personal commitment by our individual journalists to provide their community with the best reporting efforts in every piece of work we produce.”
Staff Reporter Alyssa Schmitt won first place in the Chaim Sheba Medical Center Award for Excellence in Writing about Health Care category for “Burn victim finds ‘Hope’ through recovery.”
Columbus Bureau Chief Amanda Koehn, a former CJN staff reporter, won second place in that same health care category for “Fertility clinic crisis brings to light complexities of Jewish birth.”
Koehn also earned second place in the Foundation of Ethnic Understanding Award for Excellence in Interfaith Relations Reporting category for “Honeymoon phase,” which appeared in the spring 2018 issue of Jstyle Weddings.
Staff Reporter Ed Carroll won second place in the Award for Excellence in Writing about Sports category for “Crafty veteran: Cleveland Heights native, among oldest living MLB players, recalls pitching career.”
There were 725 entries received from 63 organizations throughout the United States and Canada.
The CJN has thus far won 32 awards this year, including nine awards in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors contest and 19 awards in the Cleveland Press Club’s All Ohio Excellence in Journalism awards. The latter included being named the best non-daily newspaper in Ohio for the second consecutive year and fourth time in the last five years. Awards for this year’s Ohio Society of Professional Journalists contest have yet to be announced.
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