Writers for Observer sweep Ohio SPJ religion category

Rabbi Bernard Barsky

On Aug. 29, The Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards competition announced that columns written for The Dayton Jewish Observer by Rabbi Bernard Barsky and Candace R. Kwiatek received first- and second-place awards in the category of Best Religion Reporting for publications with circulation below 100,000.

Barsky, Beth Abraham Synagogue’s rabbi, received the 2012 first-place award for his essay, As One Loves God (February 2011), which explores Jewish perspectives about mental illness. This marked the second first-place award Barsky has received from Ohio SPJ for his writing in The Observer.

Candace R. Kwiatek

Candace R. Kwiatek received Ohio SPJ’s 2012 second-place religion writing award for her 2011 series about children of the Bible. In September, Kwiatek also received the Religion Newswriters Association’s 2012 Gerald A. Renner Enterprise Third-Place Award for the series. Kwiatek is a past recipient of first-place awards from Ohio SPJ and the American Jewish Press Association for her Observer columns.

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