May 11, 2010
L.A. Philanthropists Announce Major Commitment to a “Reorganized” Jewish Journal
“This is the future of community journalism.”
A group of leading Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists has announced a major financial commitment to The Jewish Journal, the flagship newspaper of the Los Angeles Jewish community.
The commitment will help The Jewish Journal attract new readers and advertisers, and enable it to grow across numerous media platforms.
In recognition of The Jewish Journal’s innovative multi-platform approach to community news and information, the company will reorganize as TRIBE MEDIA CORP.
TRIBE MEDIA CORP, a 501 © 3 non-profit, will stay dedicated to The Jewish Journal’s longtime mission: To strengthen the Jewish community through independent journalism and promote positive values across multiple media platforms.
“TRIBE Media Corp. will redefine community journalism for the digital age,” said Rob Eshman, editor-in-chief of The Journal. “Our goal is to use every technology at our disposal to inform and convene our community, and to bring our community’s ideas and values to society at large—while creating a thriving, sustainable business. This is the future of community journalism.”
TRIBE MEDIA CORP. will have five divisions: The weekly Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, TRIBE magazine, a new monthly magazine that started production in December, jewishjournal.com, America’s most widely used Jewish news site, TRIBE Live! Production of live events and video, and Everyjew.com a fast-growing online social network launched in August.
A philanthropic group led by The Journal’s Chairman of the Board, Irwin Field, committed a significant multi-year financial contribution to the undertaking. The group consists of Arthur H. Bilger, founding partner and managing member of Shelter Capital Partners, Peter Lowy, group managing director of the Westfield Group, and an anonymous donor. These philanthropists will join the Board and Executive Committee of Tribe Media Corp. along with Leon C. Janks, Managing Partner of Green, Hasson & Janks LLP.
“This is not just a change in name but a change in the way we do business,” said Steven Karash, Tribe Media Corp. Executive VP for Advertising and Marketing. Mr. Karash served 10 years as national advertising director in the Los Angeles office of New York Times Media Group.
“The new structure will allow us to help advertisers reach an influential, upscale and involved demographic in an efficient, affordable ways,” Karash said.
About TRIBE MEDIA CORP (www.tribemediacorp.com)
For 24 years, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles has served the world’s third largest Jewish community with award-winning journalism and provocative opinion. The Jewish Journal is distributed free at over 900 sites around Southern California. With150,000 weekly readers in Southern California, it is the largest Jewish weekly in the United States outside New York City.
JewishJournal.com is the largest Jewish news web site outside of Israel. With over 300,000 monthly unique users, jewishjournal.com offers a “constantly fresh” mix of original reporting, as well as aggregated and curated news. It features breaking news, original video, web portals to Jewish communities around the world, and dozens of original branded bloggers, including Danielle Berrin’s HollywoodJew and Brad Greenberg’s GodBlog, which was named, “One of the Best Religion Blogs in the World,” by The Times of London. Jewishjournal.com regularly offers live webcasts of community events and original video.
TRIBE is a monthly glossy magazine serving the communities of Malibu, Santa Barbara, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley.
Jewish Journal Live! Events has produced or partnered in public debates, film screenings, festivals and concerts. In 2009 our Live! Events ranged from a Torah Slam debate at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills to a screening of “Inglourious Basterds” followed by a Q & A with Quentin Tarantino, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth and Lawrence Bender.
EveryJew.com is the world’s only Jewish social networking site, with thousands of members, a free singles section and constantly fresh content.