For the fourth time in five years, the Michigan Press Association has named the
Detroit Jewish News the best weekly newspaper in Michigan in its circulation category
2004, 2006, 2007, 2008.
The JN won first-place awards for:
• General Excellence. Under Editor Robert Sklar, Associate Editor Alan Hitsky, Arts & Entertainment Editor
Gail Zimmerman, Story Development Editor Keri Guten Cohen, Senior Copy Editor David Sachs, Senior
Staff Writer Shelli Liebman Dorfman, Editorial Assistant Sy Manello
• Design. Under Creative Director Deborah Schultz, Senior Graphic Designer Lindsay Schwartz
• Enterprise Reporting. "Holy Land Ties" by Story Development Editor Keri Guten Cohen
• Lifestyle Pages. Teen2Teen, our monthly section written for teens by teen reporters working under T2T
Executive Editor Cohen
• Feature Picture. Photographer Angie Baan won for "Wrap Sure."
• Special Writer Don Cohen, second place, Enterprise Reporting, for the story "Christian And Zionist."
• Editorial Pages, second place, edited by Editor Sklar. He won two individual awards: a second for
Editorial Writing and a third in the Local Columnist category.
• "Celebrate!" — the JN's annual party planning guide produced by Associate Editor Hitsky — took second
place in the Special Section category.
• Senior Staff Writer Shelli Liebman Dorfman won honorable mention for her feature story "A Stitch In Time."
TH IRD LOCAL COLU MNIST
ENTERPRIS E REPORTI N G
2008 MPA Newspaper Of The Year
Platinum, the JN's popular monthly lifestyle magazine, took first
place in the Special Sections category. The award-winning publica-
tion is overseen by Editor Lynne Konstantin and Executive Editor Gail
Zimmerman (JNonline.us ; click on Platinum magazine icon).
A Steward Of The Community
The Detroit Jewish community has a national reputation for collaboration, generosity and
involvement. Part of what makes the community unique is the Jewish News. For the fourth
time in five years, the Michigan Press Association has reaffirmed that the Jewish News is the
state's best in its weekly circulation category, outscoring dozens of secular competitors.
During challenging economic times and in the face of declining population and funda-
mental shifts in the newspaper and magazine industries, the Jewish News remains focused
on the Detroit Jewish community in our news columns and in our "buy local" campaign.
Our content, whether from Israel or the hospital maternity ward, from Michigan State
University or the local BBYO office, from Wall Street or 10 Mile Road, is assembled with
one guiding principle — making this information resonate for our community.
The words of the judges from the Pennsylvania Press Association are independent
affirmation that you, our loyal readers and advertisers, are at our epicenter. "Truly a
news publication about community people and events, beautifully presented with excep-
tionally good writing and attention to photography. The publication does what it sets out
to do (serve its community with distinction)."
We look forward to continuing our tradition of award-winning service and appreciate
your readership and advertising support during these turbulent times.