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42nd Annual AJPA Simon Rockower Awards

The competition for the 42nd Annual Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism is now closed. These prestigious awards honor achievements in Jewish media published in 2022.

For a complete list of rules, categories and submission instructions, please download our competition packet. 

Click here to view the "How to Submit Video Guide".

The deadline for submissions was Friday, February 3, 2023, 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 2023, please login to your membership profile or email

New and Updated Categories for 2023

  • Award for Excellence in News Reporting (Deadline/Breaking News Reporting and News Story)
    This award recognizes a single news story, such as spot news, deadline reporting or news feature (include sidebars, where relevant). Entries may include a summary of no more than one page outlining the efforts that went into the news story. Entries will be judged on news value, quality of reporting and writing. Articles submitted in this category cannot also be entered in Category 8 Award for Excellence in Feature Writing.
  • Award for Outstanding Digital Storytelling (Previously Award for Outstanding Digital Outreach)
    This award recognizes a media outlet’s ability to tell a story or stories digitally, either through the use of video(s), e-newsletters, podcasts, audio storytelling and/or social media campaigns. Judges will consider the quality and impact of the digital effort in conveying the story’s topic or event. Please include a short narrative (less than a page) explaining the relevant features of your digital strategy. If submitting a podcast, please include a short narrative summarizing the topic(s) discussed.
  • Award for Excellence in Writing about Young Families/People
    This award recognizes a single story or series of articles involving young families or young adults. Story topics can focus on issues relevant to young families or tell a specific story.
  • 2023 Wild Card Category: Award for Excellence in Writing about the War in Ukraine
    This award recognizes a single story or series of articles that reports on topics related to the war in Ukraine. Please note a series must consist of a maximum of five articles.

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