70 Faces Media wins 5 Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism


(JTA) – 70 Faces Media won five awards, including first and second place in the digital storytelling category, in the annual Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism.

The American Jewish Press Association presented the awards on Tuesday at its annual conference, which this year was held in St. Louis. The awards are for work in 2018.

70 Faces is the parent company of JTA as well as several other brands: Kveller, My Jewish Learning, The Nosher, Alma and Jewniverse.

The first-place awards went to JTA Europe correspondent Cnaan Liphshiz, videographers Marissa Roer and Grace Yagel; editor-in-chief Andrew Silow-Carroll; and Rebecca Phillips and the team behind JTA’s website redesign and digital outreach strategy.

70 Faces won first place for outstanding digital outreach for the JTA website redesign; for excellence in writing about Jewish heritage and peoplehood in Europe for an article by Liphshiz on Russian-speaking Jews in Germany; and for multimedia storytelling for the “Israel @ 70” videos by Roer and Yagel.

Rob Eshman won a second-place award in writing about food and wine for his appreciation of the late food critic Jonathan Gold. Roer, Yagel and Silow-Carroll shared the second-place award for multimedia stories for the “Shtick: Jewish jokes explained” video series.

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