TC Jewfolk won three awards for journalism at the 2022 American Jewish Press Association annual meeting in Atlanta on Monday night, competing in a digital-only category with the largest publishers in Jewish media.
The awards – two first place and one honorable mention – match the total TC Jewfolk staff won in 2021. TC Jewfolk has been competing in the Simon Rockower Awards for Jewish journalism since 2019.
Social Justice and Humanitarian Work: ‘Hiding in plain sight’: How a family lived at Shir Tikvah for 3 years by Lonny Goldsmith
Comment: The winner combined an inventive use of story structure by alternating between family’s thoughts and event chronology. Extensive use of quoted sources added depth to what is both a humanitarian tale and a social justice topic, immigration. The story is very timely, given the political climate in the U.S. and the family’s home country of Honduras.
Comment: There was so much competition in this category, but Lonny’s series was the clear winner. Lonny did a stellar job of laying out all the preparations required to open Herzl Camp in Wisconsin last summer. All his stories were mesmerizing. His follow-up story written in late July was crushing, and I appreciate that he didn’t try to sugar-coat the circumstances that led to the camp closing early.
News Story: Why the U wouldn’t change its Rosh Hashanah start date by Lev Gringauz
Judge’s Comment: This could have been a throw-off quick daily, but instead the reporter presented a detailed, “how the sausage is made” look inside university decisions.
The full list of winners is available on the American Jewish Press Association website.