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WJW, JT win 12 awards in regional journalism contest

Mid-Atlantic Media’s publications, Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Jewish Times, won a combined total of 12 awards in the MDDC Press Association journalism contest. The awards recognize excellence in news media organizations of Maryland, Delaware and D.C. in 2021.

The JT’s editorial, “It is time for a voting rights compromise,” won first place in the editorial category. This editorial argues for a moderate approach to the For the People Act, the federal voting rights bill that was being considered by Congress last year.

WJW won first place for general news stories for “Confronted by Cicadas,” about how the Jewish community was coping with Brood X.

WJW received a first-place award in the feature: non-profile category for “Jews of Color,” about the experiences of Jews of color in light of a study by the Jews of Color Initiative.

WJW also won first in arts/entertainment reporting for “Should a non-Jewish actor play a Jew?” This article explores “Jewface,” the portrayal of Jewish characters by non-Jewish actors.

In religion reporting, the JT won first for “Festival of freedom.” This cover story shares Passover traditions from Jewish families of different ethnic backgrounds.

Staff writer Jesse Berman won second place in breaking news for the story, “When a customer collapsed at Market Maven, the general manager sprang into action.” This article was about how Eli Siegel, general manager at Market Maven and a former EMT, helped save a customer’s life.

In medical/science reporting, the JT won second for “Dr. Vered Stearns: Breast cancer pioneer,” a cover story that profiled a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins.

The JT won first place in the news design category for “Intersectionality takes center stage at Queer Jewish Arts Festival.” This feature story, and its colorful design, provided an advance for the Gordon Center’s first-ever Queer Jewish Arts Festival.

WJW Art Director Jay Sevidal won three design awards: First place for the cover showing Gil Preuss, CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; first place for design of the feature “Favorite Day Trips;” and second place for news page design for our Summer Reading story.

And WJW’s photographs from the story “This is what unity looks like,” about the “No Fear” rally against antisemitism, won second place in the general news photo category.