Jewish Light takes home two first-place awards from AJPA

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The St. Louis Jewish Light won two first-place Rockower Awards, the prestigious recognition for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, at the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. last week. Both awards were given for the paper’s special s ection on Earth Day: Jewish perspectives on energy and the environment, which ran in April 2009.

The Light won the following first-place awards for newspapers with a circulation of 14,999 or less:

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• The Boris Smolar Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Coverage or Investigative Reporting

• Excellence in Special Sections or Supplements

“We are thrilled and honored to win two first-place awards in the Rockower competition. It is the standard for journalistic excellence in the Jewish media community,” said Larry Levin, Publisher/CEO of the Light.

“We chose the environment as a focus for our section because conservation and clean energy are at the core of our obligations as Jews to perform tikkun olam. We were fortunate to have an outstanding advisory panel from our community in shaping the section, and our editorial staff, led by Ellen Futterman and Mike Sherwin, created a unique and well-conceived section to implement the concept. The award is a tribute to the entire organization for its vision and commitment to quality Jewish journalism.”

The Rockower Awards were created 27 years ago by the family of Simon Rockower, a native of Austria, as a way of honoring a man who deeply believed in the craft of Jewish journalism. The awards are given annually by the AJPA at the culmination of its annual meeting.

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