Top Of The Class!
Once again, the JN steals the show in statewide journalism contest.
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or the fourth time in five years,
the Detroit Jewish News has been
named in its category the best
weekly newspaper in Michigan.
A panel of journalists under the aus-
pices of the Lansing-based Michigan Press
Association named the JN the Newspaper
of the Year in its 2008 Better Newspaper
Contest among weeklies with a circulation
of 10,001-25,000. Representatives of the
Pennsylvania Press Association did the
judging. In all, 116 Michigan newspapers
submitted 3,781 entries.
The key judging category that led to
the JN's high honor was finishing first in
General Excellence. "Truly a news publica-
tion about community people and events,
beautifully presented with exceptionally
good writing and attention to photogra-
phy," said the judges. "The publication does
what it sets out to do. Also, appealing ads!'
IN Editor Robert Sklar responded to
the honors, saying, "We don't take the
Newspaper of the Year designation lightly
or for granted. We appreciate the fact that
we're competing against and being judged
by members of the secular newspaper
industry so the competition is stiffer.
"For us as part of the Jewish press to
do so well is a tribute to our commitment
to journalistic excellence added Sklar.
"Serving our readers and advertisers is our
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uppermost consideration; that keeps our
standards — and quality — high.
"I'm proud of the nice mix of awards
and all the individual honors:' said Sklar.
"We have a great team producing great
issues each week."
Top JN Kudos
In addition, the Jewish News won first-
place awards for:
•Design. Under the stewardship of
Creative Director Deborah Schultz and
Senior Graphic Designer Lindsay Schwartz.
"Nontraditional news format, skillfully exe-
cuted, well ordered publication:' said the
judges. "Photographs well chosen and well
placed. Consistent, appealing typography."
•Enterprise Reporting. "Holy Land
Ties" by Story Development Editor Keri
Guten Cohen was about a joint trip to
Israel by the Jewish Community Relations
Council and the Fellowship of Israel and
Black America. The story described the
interaction between the two local groups,
with the common bond being a love of
Israel: It also described a very differ-
ent Israel trip for the participating Jews,
one that took them to many sites holy to
Christians, which helped them under-
stand why evangelical Christians feel so
close to the land and the Jewish people.
"Compelling issue presented in an interest-
ing fashion with great layouts and side-
bars;' said the judges.
• Lifestyle Pages. Teen2Teen, our
monthly section written for teens by teen
reporters working under T2T Executive
Editor Cohen. "Colorful layouts chock full
of creativity:' noted the judges. "Stories are
about very relevant, serious issues. Use of
teenage writers a great way to reach youth
• Feature Picture. Photographer Angie
Baan won for "Wrap Sure a picture
story about the Worldwide Wrap tefillin
event at Congregation Beth Ahm in West
Bloomfield. "Nice set of images:' observed
• Special Section. Platinum is the N's
monthly lifestyle magazine under Editor
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