The FORWARD Receives 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism

Jane Eisner, editor of the FORWARD, America’s most influential Jewish weekly newspaper and website, is a recipient of the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. Selected for Editorial Writing (Non-Daily Publication), Eisner will receive her award on October 2, 2010 at the 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) May 10, 2010

Jane Eisner, editor of the FORWARD, America’s most influential Jewish weekly newspaper and website, is a recipient of the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. Selected for Editorial Writing (Non-Daily Publication), Eisner will receive her award on October 2, 2010 at the 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.

Eisner was selected for a series of three editorials she wrote about gender and family issues. The winning editorials were “Progress, but Not Equality,” published April 17, 2009, which took a nuanced look at the conferral of the first Maharat — Sara Hurwitz, who was granted the responsibilities, if not the title, of a rabbi in her Modern Orthodox synagogue. A second editorial, “Family Values,” published September 18, reacted to a news story printed the same day that showed how few Jewish communal organizations offer family-friendly policies. The final editorial, “Gender Negotiations,” published November 13, commented on a FORWARD investigation of the achievement and salary gap experienced by women in Jewish organizational life.

“Receiving the Sigma Delta Chi award is a testament to the quality work Jane Eisner and the FORWARD staff continues to produce every day,” said Samuel Norich, publisher of the FORWARD. “It is very exciting and gratifying to be ranked among the most prestigious names in American journalism. Recognition such as this from the SPJ confirms our role as an independent, secular cultural and political opinion leader, in addition to a leader in the Jewish media.”

Judges chose the winners from over 1,300 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2009. The contest categories are broken down by circulation size, and the SPJ for the first time this year allowed non-daily publications to compete in their own category.

The FORWARD is also a finalist for the Deadline Club Awards in News Reporting, Arts Reporting and Opinion Writing categories. For more information, please visit http://www.forward.com.

About The FORWARD (http://www.forward.com)
The FORWARD, published weekly since 1990 with online content added daily to http://www.forward.com, is widely regarded as American Jewry’s essential, independent newspaper. The English language weekly grew out of the legendary Yiddish language Jewish Daily FORWARD, founded in 1897. The FORWARD is committed to rigorous reporting and balanced, thoughtful commentary on news, politics and culture in the Jewish world. Headquartered in New York, the newspaper is owned by the Forward Association, Inc., a not-for profit, 501(c) 3 organization. It is published on Fridays and is available by subscription and on newsstands in selected cities nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.forward.com.

About the Society of Professional Journalists (http://www.spj.com)
Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well- informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit http://www.spj.org.

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