OP-ED: Seeing the Light?
The Crescent City Jewish News received a Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism for the first time in its history, an acknowledgment that its writing is among the best in the nation.
CCJN editor Alan Smason received an honorable mention in the web-outlets, websites and news services division of the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary behind Ruth Blum, an opinion writer for the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) in first place and Jodi Rudoren the editor of the Forward in second place. Each writer submitted three of their commentaries.
Also on the receiving end of a Rockower Award was Larry Brook, editor of our sister publication, Southern Jewish Life (SJL) magazine, a monthly regional magazine that is published out of Birmingham.
SJL received a Bruce Smolar Award for Enterprise or Investigative Reporting for its exposé on The Jewish Light, an area paper that publishes news releases from Jewish synagogues and subscribes to the JTA news service, but has no local reporting and “wild circulation” reports.
The Rockower Award gave credence to SJL’s beliefs that The Jewish Light claims “circulation numbers that are vastly out of proportion to the size of the Jewish community” and that “it apparently has little impact or readership in the Jewish community.”
We stand by the SJL reporting, which was extensive and well-documented. We hope advertisers who read those facts will choose to place their marketing ads and outreach to the Jewish community on the CCJN website or with SJL’s monthly magazine.
In a year of economic peril due to the ongoing pandemic, the Rockower Awards for the CCJN’s editorial writing and SJL’s investigative reporting clearly demonstrate that respected judges of journalism can see The Light for what it is. The question that remains is will advertisers see the light?