Jewish Light earns accolades from national group

The St. Louis Jewish Light received five awards from the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) for stories the newspaper published in 2014. 

AJPA, which represents Jewish media organizations, journalists and communications professionals, released the winners of the the 34th Annual Simon Rockower Awards, honoring excellence in Jewish journalism. 

The awards are judged by a  panel of professional journalists from around the nation. 

The Jewish Light’s awards were for newspapers with circulation of 14,999 and under. They were: 

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• First Place, Award for Excellence in Social Justice Reporting, for the newspaper’s coverage of Ferguson. Those named in the award were David Baugher, Robert A. Cohn, Ellen Futterman, Larry Levin and Eric Mink. 

• Second Place, Award for Excellence in Social Justice Reporting, for the Light’s Can We Talk? series on “Hunger in the Jewish Community,” written by Ellen Futterman and Repps Hudson.

 • First Place, The Boris Smolar Award for Excellence in Enterprise or Investigative Reporting, for the Light’s Can We Talk? series on “Jews and Genetics” by David Baugher  and Ellen Futterman

• Second Place, Award for Excellence in News Reporting, for the story, ‘Jewish Leaders, Clergy Rally Behind Ferguson,” by David Baugher. 

• First Place, Award for Excellence in Feature Writing —  Magazines, for the Oy! Magazine story, “Setting (Spiritual) Boundaries” by  David Baugher.

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