Dayton Jewish Observer wins first-place award from American Jewish Press Association

The American Jewish Press Association announced June 3 at its annual conference in Nashville that The Dayton Jewish Observer is the recipient of a first-place 2024 Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Journalism.

An article by Editor and Publisher Marshall Weiss in September, Tipp City Board of Ed member regrets Nazi outburst, received the top honor for Excellence in News Reporting in the category of magazines and monthly newspapers.

A judge commented on the article that the “Reporter expertly utilized the news peg (BOE incident) as a microcosm for a broader examination of antisemitism in Ohio. (It) Also stood out for getting on-the-record interview/comments with principal parties in the BOE incident.”

AJPA is the professional association of English language Jewish media in the United States and Canada. The annual competition honors work published over the previous year.

The award brings the number of first-place Rockowers to 11 for The Observer since the Jewish Federation established the monthly publication in 1996, and the ninth for Weiss.

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