J. wins 5 awards from Jewish press group

The American Jewish Press Association this week announced most of its 2013 Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, and J. once again fared well, capturing five awards.

Cathleen Maclearie, J.’s art director, won two first-place awards, one for cover design and one for her photograph of Josh Kornbluth sheepishly peering out from a bed of reeds (for a story about his performance piece “Sea of Reeds”). Maclearie has racked up 11 Rockowers since 2004.

Dan Pine, J.’s senior writer, took first place in the category of social justice reporting for his January 2013 article “Power to the people,” which detailed how Berkeley’s Laura Stachel and her husband, Hal Aronson, are bringing solar power to clinics in developing nations.

Pine also got second place in the news-reporting category for his July 2013 piece “Tragic accident rocks Camp Tawonga,” about the tragic death of 21-year-old art teacher Annaïs Rittenberg, killed when part of an oak tree fell, and how the camp acted in the aftermath of the accident.

Former J. reporter Emma Silvers won first place in feature writing for “Growing up frum: Observant teens navigate their way through famously liberal Bay Area.”

AJPA has yet to award prizes in one category, so J. still has a shot at equaling its 2012 total of six awards. The awards will be handed out when AJPA hosts its 2014 annual conference, which will likely be in November in Washington, D.C.