Jewish Journal receives top honors at 55th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards

The Jewish Journal won top honors in three categories at the Los Angeles Press Club’s 55th Southern California Journalism Awards ceremony, which took place June 23 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Jewish Journal columnist Marty Kaplan, who pens a bi-weekly column on a wide range of topics, from politics to science, received the award for Best Columnist. Reporter Danielle Berrin was honored with Best Individual Blog and critic Tom Teicholz garnered first prize for Entertainment Reviews/Criticism/Columns.   

Berrin’s Hollywood Jew blog, which appears on, was recognized for two entries: “Should ‘Girls’ Just Get Married” and “Wrong to be Funny About Anne Frank?

Teicholz was recognized for an arts column titled “Lessons from Arthur Schnitzler’s Vienna,” about the late-19th/early 20th century playwright and essayist .

The Jewish Journal, with a weekly circulation of 50,000, competes against other large publications including the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Weekly, as well as online media like The Wrap and Hollywood Reporter.

The banquet also honored the legendary comedy writer and actor Carl Reiner, who received the President’s Award for lifetime achievement; NBC sportscaster Fred Roggin, who received the Joseph M. Quinn Award; Los Angeles Downtown News publisher Sue Laris, who received the Public Service Award; and journalist Sandra Rodriguez Nieto of Juarez, Mexico, who was honored with the The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.

The Jewish Journal was recognized with seven finalist nominations and took home a total of five awards:  Rob Eshman, the Journal’s editor-in-chief and publisher, won second place for columnist,  Kaplan also picked up a second place award for Entertainment Reviews/Criticism/Columns,  and columnist Raphael J. Sonenshein received Third Place for Political Commentary.

In awarding Kaplan for Best Column, the judges wrote: “Like a boxer, [Kaplan] is relentless, coming after you with crisp language and rhetorical combinations, whether the subject is Chris Christie or global warming. Embrace Kaplan’s points or totally discard them, you’ll almost certainly stay in the ring with him until the end.”

Of Berrin, the judges wrote,  “She carefully infuses strong, well-written commentary with her personality and insight, all within the lively online platform blogs provide.”

And of Teicholz, the judges’ comments included: “His reviews are informative and engaging.”