The competition for the 43rd Annual Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism is now closed. These prestigious awards honor achievements in Jewish media published in 2023.
The deadline for submissions was Friday, January 26, 2024, 7:00 P.M. ET.
Please remember: AJPA member publications, affiliate members and individual members must be in good standing with dues paid. To renew your membership for 2024, please log in to your membership profile or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Categories for 2023
Award for Excellence in Podcasting
Created to celebrate excellence in podcasting by media outlets and recognize their status as a medium meant to inform and entertain through audio storytelling. Qualifying entries should be no more than a five-minute compilation from various programs recorded in the previous year. Each entry should include stand-alone programs not dependent on companion pieces in print or digital media. Judges will base their decisions on the production of the podcast, as well as the entry’s ability to tell Jewish stories in an entertaining manner. Credits should include the name of the host, producer, audio engineer and additional reporters. Entries should include a brief description of the podcast, its theme and format.
Award for Excellence in General Newsletters
Created to honor a print or digital media outlet’s email newsletters. Judges will base their decision on the newsletter’s look, format, and design. Decisions will not be based on content, although outlets are encouraged to submit newsletters meant to deliver specific messages: breaking news, lifecycle events, individual stories as well as general newsletters not focused on specific stories or formats. Newsletters should be independent, stand-alone products that do not rely on print or publication websites to support them. Each entry must consist of a single newsletter.
Wild Card Category – Award for Excellence in Writing about the War in Israel: News and Feature Writing
This award recognizes excellence in a single news and/or feature story reporting on and/or explaining the War in Israel. All submitted stories must be published on or after October 7, 2023.
Wild Card Category – Award for Excellence in Writing about the War in Israel: Antisemitism
This award recognizes distinguished examples of news or feature reporting about antisemitism originating from the War in Israel. Stories must be presented as a single article featuring explanatory reporting that illuminates a subject relating to antisemitism and the War in Israel. All submitted stories must be published on or after October 7, 2023.
Wild Card Category – Award for
Excellence in Writing about the War in Israel: Personality Profiles
This award recognizes a single story on an individual or a family (including sidebars, where relevant) relating to the War in Israel. News obituaries can be entered in this category. Q&A interviews do not qualify in any format. All submitted stories must be published on or after October 7, 2023.