NJ Jewish News has won five awards in the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest of the New Jersey Press Association.
Taking first prize honors for Best Blog was “Kaplan’s Korner on Jews and Sports,” the on-line blog written by features editor Ron Kaplan. A contest judge said Kaplan’s Korner “[g]ot the edge above the rest in integrating links and video to take full advantage of being a blog.”
Graphic designer Dayna Nadel won first prize for illustration for an image she created for the cover of the newspaper’s Rosh Hashana edition.
“I thought this was the highest quality illustration overall, and I appreciated the many levels of details — the significance of each element became more apparent the more I looked at it,” wrote a judge. “Carefully and well-constructed, and certainly worthy of first place.”
Editor-in-chief Andrew Silow-Carroll won a second-place award for column writing, garnering praise from a judge, who wrote, “Of all the columns I read during the judging process, these were among those I remembered well at the end of the list.”
The newspaper also scored two third-place awards for packaging the news — one for Nadel’s front page design of the Jan. 2, 2014, issue and another in the category of Special Issue for the May installment of Nu, the newspaper’s teen magazine, which was edited by Joanne Bloomstein and designed by Nadel.
A judge described Nu as “a fresh take on a special edition. I really enjoyed how the paper used teens to get the ideas across. Great job.”
The NJPA will present its press awards at The Hamilton Manor on April 23.