Jewish journalism

Remembering A Feisty Colleague

There was a time when Yehuda Lev, an outspoken Jewish journalist who died this past weekend at the age of 86, was the talk of the Los Angeles Jewish community. His weekly column, “A Majority Of One,” published in the local Jewish Journal was widely read and hotly debated each week in the 1980s. He often delighted in skewering local machers and people he considered to be religious and political extremists on the right.

What Belongs In A Jewish Newspaper?

I’m often surprised when people express an interest in how newspapers work, from the inside. How stories get assigned and edited, Letters to the Editor chosen, editorial decisions made, etc.

For those of us in the business, I guess we take that all for granted, and seem more focused these days on how newspapers can survive at a time of economic trauma and free content online.

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Daniel Schorr, crusading journalist, never forgot his Jewish roots

07/26/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- It took about seven years for Daniel Schorr to tire of being a journalist for Jewish media.

The distaste of digesting for JTA's readers the news of the emerging Holocaust, combined with what he saw as the blinkered parochialism of Jewish news, led him to quit JTA in 1941 and search for work elsewhere.

But Schorr never stopped being a Jewish journalist: events and his conscience would not let him.

Journalist David Twersky dies

07/18/2010

(JTA) -- David Twersky, a veteran journalist and former kibbutznik, has died.

Twersky died last Friday night at his home in West Orange, N.J., following a long battle with cancer. He was 60.

Twersky opened the Washington bureau of the Forward in 1990, at the end of the first President George Bush's administration.

Following his stint in Washington, Twersky was named editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, which he led from 1993 to 2002. He later joined the New York Sun as foreign editor and columnist.

The 'Amish Week'

Some people think that The Jewish Week's biggest "rivals" are other Jewish papers. I don't see it that way. Our fiercest rivals are people who don't read Jewish papers, or newspapers at all. There's a real kinship that I feel with all ethnic/religious/small town newspapers -- and their writers, editors, sales people, and readers -- and that goes for my newest friends at this Amish paper in Ohio.

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