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he Jewish News had an excel-
lent showing at the "Excellence
in Journalism" awards given out
by the Detroit Chapter of the Society of
Professional Journalists on April 16.
The JN amassed nine honors for stories
during 2013 — including three first-place
awards. The kudos covered the wide
range of topics the paper covers in the
Metro Detroit Jewish community.
JN Executive Editor
and Publisher Arthur
Horwitz said, "We are
very pleased with the
recognition received
by the JN's writers
and team of editors.
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week."
Horwitz, himself, was a winner, taking
second place in Investigative Reporting
for his April 4 cover story, "Who Killed
Burton Gordin?" Horwitz's murder-
mystery brought back to the forefront
the 43-year-old unsolved slaying of the
executive director of the Michigan Civil
Rights Commission.
"I became a new member of the
Michigan Civil Rights Commission when
it was about to celebrate its 50th anni-
versary:' Horwitz said. "I was surprised
to learn that its founding director, a
member of the Jewish community, had
been slain — possibly assassinated —
and that virtually all members of the
Department of Civil Rights and the Civil
Rights Commission had never heard of
him. I thought perhaps justice might still
be served?'

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Since his story has been published, the
Civil Rights Commission issued a procla-
mation honoring the memory of Burton
Gordin, which is now displayed in the
offices of the Department of Civil Rights.
Also, the Detroit Police Department is
taking another look at the unsolved mur-
der.

Praises For JN

In other honors, Robert
Sklar, JN's contributing
editor, won top prize for
Editorial Writing, for his
Oct. 19 dissection of the
10-year-long anti-Israel
protest
at Beth Israel
Robert Sklar
Congregation in Ann
Arbor. The journalists
from other states who judged the contest
said Sklar's editorial offered "a calm,
well-reasoned commentary on why the
protests outside a synagogue should end?'
Sklar also won an honorable mention
for his May 16 editorial about the Women
of the Wall protests in Jerusalem. In
addition, he took third place for General
Column Writing, including his April 11
piece, "Beyond Kwame."
Contributing Writer
Ruthan Brodsky had the
first place Explanatory
Story for her Oct. 3
cover article "Helping
Hands:' a guide to
medical advocates. The
judges noted the story
Ruthan
offers "an engaging look
Brodsky
at an emerging field of
healthcare," as well as
"useful tips and a balanced breakdown of
the industry's shortcomings?'

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Senior Copy Editor
David Sachs won first
prize for several examples
of Headline Writing,
including the title of the
Oct. 31 front-page story
about the JCC Jewish
Book Fair titled "The
David Sachs
Writes Of Autumn?' A
judge commented, "All
of these headlines made me smile ... and
made me want to read the story, which is the
essence of what a good headline must do:'
Contributing Writer
Ronelle Grier was a
double winner — claim-
ing third-place in both
General News Reporting
for her Dec. 19 story
about suicide, "Haunting
Deaths:' and for her Oct.
17 Explanatory Story,
Ronelle Grier
"Fighting Elder Fraud?'
Contributing Writer
Barbara Lewis won an
honorable mention for
her July 25 Feature Story
"Bring On The Dough:'
about a family who had
a kreplach-making mar-
athon every year. The
Barbara Lewis judge's comment was,
"Lewis' take on a family
tradition in the kitchen is short and sweet
... It leaves you feeling warm, which good
feature writing often does?'
JN Managing Editor Jackie Headapohl
said, "I'm so proud for our paper. These
awards recognize what we've always
known: The Jewish News has quality writ-
ers producing stories that are important
and meaningful to the community?'



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