The Cleveland Jewish News has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year for having the best local news section for non-daily newspapers in the Press Club of Cleveland’s 2022 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards.
The CJN also obtained this prestigious distinction in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2015.
Additionally, the CJN was a finalist for Ohio’s Best Non-Daily Newspaper.
In total, the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company received 19 awards at the ceremony held June 10 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland.
“Our entire professional team and the lay leaders on our board take great pride in the quality, relevance and depth of the local coverage we produce for our communities,” said Kevin S. Adelstein, publisher and CEO of CJN and President of Cleveland. Jewish Publishing Company.
“Once again, for the fifth year in a row, and in seven of the past eight years, the Cleveland Jewish News is recognized for this vitally important local coverage as Best in Ohio for Best Section for local news.”
Head of design, Stephen Valentine, won seven awards.
It ranked first in Visuals: Best in Ohio Page Design for Body of Work and Visuals: A-1 News Front – Daily and Non-Daily Newspapers for CJN Covers. The judges noted that “Lag b’Omer’s page was particularly effective. Good work.”
Valentine took second place for Visuals: Single Page Design – Magazine for the Spring 2021 cover of CJPC’s Canvas Magazine; Visuals: Single page design – Tab for May 7, 2021 cover; and Visuals: Spread or Multiple Pages – Tabs for the 12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe 2021 spread.
He landed third place for Visuals: Single Page Design – Magazine for “Remembering John W. Carlson” appearing in Canvas; and Visuals: Multi-page spread – Tabs for Les Levine spread.
Staff reporter Jane Kaufman won first place for non-daily Breaking News for “Sherwin: 400 to 500 to Stop”. The judges said the story was “engaging and well-written, a real ‘Hey, Martha, read this!’ kind of article.
She also won first place for community/local non-daily newspaper coverage for the Tibor’s Kosher Meats series. The judges noted that the ongoing coverage was “engaging and compelling, easy to follow. I love this sidebar that tracked down the previous owner and explained how his name was ruined. Coverage that could have nationwide impact and implications.
Editor Bob Jacob earned second place for General Photography Reporting – Non-Daily Newspaper for “Circus Fire Performer”. The judges noted that “you can almost feel the heat”.
Jacob and Kaufman finished second in Non-Daily Newspapers Breaking News for “Shooting Leaves One Dead in Parking Lot of Beachwood Hotel”.
Digital Content Producer Alyssa Schmitt, Jacob and Kaufman won first place in Best Visual Use of Multimedia for “Green Road Synagogue Unveils State-of-the-Art Shul.”
Lifestyles editor Amanda Koehn won second place in General Circulation Magazine Features: Food for “Baking a Big Break.” The judges commented that “this play was so much fun to read! The reporter helped bring these characters to life by giving the reader details not just about their new venture, but what makes them unique as individuals. A clear distinction in this category. Well done!” The report appeared in CJPC’s Jstyle magazine.
Koehn also took third place in General Circulation Magazines Features: Art for the Winter 2021 issue of Canvas’ “Who’s Next.” The judges said: “This package was so well put together. The stories were interesting, informative and easy to read. The idea of profiling artists, especially those still emerging, is always good. Well done!”
Columnist Regina Brett earned second place in the open division for the general news column with “A Child’s Heart Takes a Killer’s Heart”. The judges wrote, “Strong writing that feels distinctly personal; it also clearly comes from the heart of the columnist.
Canvascle.com earned second place in the magazine’s website. Cheryl Sadler, digital marketing manager, and Koehn are responsible for the website.
cjn.org took third place for digital media newspaper website.
Announcing the awards, Adelstein noted, “As we say with each awards cycle, each of these awards is shared with the entire CJPC team, all of whom collaborate in the production of each work, in one form or another. I congratulate each of you for your exceptional and constant efforts and your dedication to our profession.
“We compete with daily, non-daily, business, business, educational, and many other publications across the state. To be recognized with so many prestigious accolades says a lot about how the quality of our work is perceived by our peers. Mazel tov and thank you all for your exceptional and deserved recognition.