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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-05-24

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he Jewish News won 10 awards for
journalism excellence from the
Detroit Chapter of the Society of
Professional Journalists — including four
first-place prizes.
"In the midst of an awards ceremony
where the biggest and most signifi-
cant names and players of the Detroit
Metropolitan area were recognized for
their journalistic excellence — the Jewish
News stood out for the disproportionate
number of awards it received:' said JN
Publisher and Executive Editor Arthur
Horwitz.
Among the top award-winners was
Contributing Writer Robin Schwartz's
story of an Oak Park woman's battle with
city hall to keep her front-yard vegetable
garden. The story won first prize for gen-
eral news reporting for non-daily news-
papers. "It showcased the oft-crazy face of
city politics',' said the judges. "These kinds
of stories are why people read newspa-
pers."

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Senior Copy Editor David Sachs' portrait
of courtroom artist Carole Kabrin was
selected as best feature story. The out-of-
state journalist judges said they "really
liked the examples and her thoughts as
she was drawing. It was hard to stop read-
ing this story"
In the same category, Story
Development Editor Keri Guten Cohen
won an honorable mention for her feature
story about Holocaust survivor Martin
Lowenberg, who used his metal-crafting
skills to create sacred Jewish art. "A fasci-
nating story,' said the judges.
JN Creative Director Deborah Schultz
won first place for her Page 1 design for
a story about the Isaac Agree Downtown
Synagogue. "We appreciate the variety of
the hands showing the diversity of the
Jewish community, and it sparks our inter-
est to read the cover story;' said the judges.
"Extremely creative and intriguing."
Red Thread magazine's founding editor,
Bryan Gottlieb, won top prize for general

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column writing for his entry, "How PDR
displaced PDA." "Gottlieb's bright, smart
writing and clear tone enables him to con-
nect controversial issues to everyday life
said the judges. "He is unafraid to use his
own experiences to highlight these issues,
which allows readers to connect on a per-
sonal level."
Contributing Editor Robert Sklar won
second place in the same category for his
column "The Folly of Farrakhan.""Sklar's
sharp writing, clear voice and deep knowl-
edge of his topics make for gripping read-
ing," said the judges.
Sklar also won a second-place prize for
editorial writing for his piece on the con-
troversy involving teachers at the Frankel
Jewish Academy in West Bloomfield,
"Academy Can't Let Spiritual Discontent
Lingee"Sklar's editorial voice shows his
mastery of the various issues and contro-
versies surrounding the curriculum and
staffing at a Jewish day school:' said the
judges.

Inside: Celebrate!

Sklar also won a third-place honor
for spot news reporting for "Unflinching
Relations:' his report on Vice President Joe
Biden's speech at the 2011 Yeshiva Beth
Yehudah dinner.
JNArts & Entertainment Editor Gail
Zimmerman won second-place kudos
for headline writing. Her headline
"Unmistaken Identity," about one of three
Jewish singers — all named Josh Nelson
— "reflects cultural knowledge and sense
of humor in wordplay," said the judges.
Reflecting on the awards, Horwitz said,
"It was particularly gratifying this year for
the Jewish News, its writers, editors and
designers to receive the recognition that
they did from fellow journalists.
"What their recognition underscores for
our community and our readers and adver-
tisers by any yardstick, the Jewish News
continues to present, week-in and week-out,
a first-rate product that raises the eyebrows
of judges from out-of-state as well as chal-
lenges our local audience,' Horwitz said. ❑

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