Jewish Exponent Wins Three Keystone SPJ Spotlight Contest Awards


Jewish Exponent staffers won three awards in the 2017 Keystone Society of Professional Journalists Spotlight Contest.

News Editor Liz Spikol won a second-place award in the non-daily feature story category for her Aug. 25, 2016 article “Rosenbach Celebrates Restored 15th-Century Chumash.” Judges said the article about a historic volume first printed in 1482 “involves the reader in the action” and “describes the scene well.”

Spikol also won third-place honors in the non-daily enterprise reporting category with the June 30, 2016 article “Tattoo This: The Jewish Body is No Longer Off Limits.” Judges cited the article, which explored the growing interest in tattooing among Jews, for “excellent writing and reporting uncovered some little-known truths about tattooing and the Jewish religion.”

And reporters Rachel Kurland and Marissa Stern won third-place honors in the non-daily spot news category with the June 16, 2016 article “Philadelphia Jewish Community Stands With Orlando.”

The judges commended the article exploring the aftermath of the June 12 Orlando nightclub shooting as a “good local reaction story, tying together the two communities, the commonalities and their interests effectively.”

The winners will be honored May 20 in Lancaster.

A month earlier, the Jewish Exponent also won six Keystone Press Awards, including two first-place honors, competing against other weekly newspapers throughout Pennsylvania with a circulation of 10,000 or more.


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