AJP wins writing, advertising awards in ANA competition

David J. Del Grande
James Alewine

The Arizona Jewish Post won two awards recently from the Arizona Newspapers Association.

In the ANA’s 2017 Better Newspapers Contest, AJP Staff Writer David J. Del Grande took third place in the Best Feature Story category (Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000) for “Local thrift store volunteers in vocational program have a 1st Rate experience,” published in the Oct. 21, 2016 issue. The article highlights a program at the Jewish community’s nonprofit 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Store.

Del Grande is a student at the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

The judge noted, “This division was deep with entries in this category, a very competitive field … This piece was written clearly touchingly and with its niche readership in mind.”

In the ANA’s 2017 Excellence in Advertising competition, the AJP won first place award for Best Paid Ad Series — Color in   Division 2.

Former graphic designer James Alewine, now continuing his design education at University of Oregon, created the ad series for Dedicated, a gluten-free bakery and coffee shop.

The judge wrote, “Love the color and the simplicity of the ad.”

The awards were presented Saturday, Sept. 30, at the ANA Fall Convention and Annual Meeting at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, Arizona.