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  • Melvin Durslag, journalist, dies at 95

    August 2, 2016 | 10:02 am

    Melvin Durslag, one of the last surviving major metropolitan newspaper columnists who personified and shaped the golden age of Jewish sportswriters in post-World War II America, died in Santa Monica on July 17. He was 95.

    At the peak of his career in the 1960s through the ‘80s,...

  • Writer Calvin Trillin dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting

    June 27, 2016 | 10:09 am

    Writer Calvin Trillin may be most famous today for his humorous musings on food, family, travel and love.

    But before he won the Thurber Prize for Humor in 2013; before “Uncivil Liberties,” his humor column for The Nation (he has lovingly called it “a pinko magazine published on...

  • When reporters become the targets

    June 23, 2016 | 12:13 pm

    On Tuesday, the organization Reporters Without Borders (known by its French acronym RSF) denounced the Turkish government for arresting it’s longtime representative in Turkey, Erol Önderoglu, on charges of “terrorist propaganda” a month after having taken part in a campaign of...

  • Steven Sotloff’s parents implore Obama to bring home a missing American journalist

    June 23, 2016 | 11:32 am

    The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish freelance journalist beheaded by the Islamic State nearly two years ago, have joined the families of three other killed U.S. hostages in urging President Barack Obama to bring home a missing American hostage.

    Shirley and Arthur Sotloff,...

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  • ‘Spotlight’ on Marty Baron’s crusade

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2016 | 9:24 am

    The Academy Award-nominated drama “Spotlight” tells how a team of Boston Globe journalists uncovered rampant child sexual abuse by priests and the cover-up by the Catholic Church. The clash of institutions is high drama, but the movie’s most powerful human moments come from the...

  • What’s a dollar a month worth?

    By David Suissa

    November 24, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    People love the Jewish Journal. They love picking it up, at a shul or deli or cafe or market, and flipping through the stories of the Jewish world. There’s nothing quite like it in Los Angeles — a gathering place where all the voices of our community can be heard.

    I can’t tell...

  • The once great Los Angeles Times

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 24, 2015 | 8:40 am

    Talented, experienced journalists are now leaving the Los Angeles Times, and we alums feel depressed about the toll their departures will take on their lives and on Southern California.

    Kevin Roderick reported on his LA Observed website (to which I am a contributor) that more...

  • Sitting shivah for Grantland

    By David Suissa

    November 3, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    Human beings get attached to all kinds of things. We have our favorite cafes, our favorite parks, our favorite shows, our favorite people. Take them away and something inside of us dies.

    I lost my favorite website this past week, Grantland.

    Grantland was a quirky, literary,...

  • My city isn’t a tawdry reality TV show

    August 4, 2015 | 9:53 am

    Every few years, Salinas grabs national media headlines for the wrong reasons: Police killings of criminal suspects caught on camera. Or maybe a sensational courtroom drama like that of our local convicted murderer Jodi Arias. Each story draws the major corporate media outlets to...

  • In Jerusalem, examining global press freedom

    May 27, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    As governments increase restrictions and casualties mount for journalists worldwide, the relatively new Jerusalem Press Club hosted the city’s first International Conference of Freedom of the Press, with participants demanding protection for reporters in war zones, authoritarian...

  • Free press in Egypt under attack

    May 6, 2015 | 9:24 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    It’s dangerous to be a journalist in Egypt these days, according to several human rights groups. In a statement this week to mark World Freedom Day, Amnesty International said there are at least 18 journalists who have been...

  • Europe’s undercover yarmulke journalists

    March 10, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    Sending a yarmulke-wearing man out with a hidden video camera to document anti-Semitism on the streets of Europe, particularly in Muslim neighborhoods, is quickly becoming a journalistic trope.

    First, in January, a reporter wearing a kippah walked around the heavily Muslim Malmo,...

  • The real sins of network TV anchors

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 13, 2015 | 9:42 am

    Brian Williams has fallen from grace for fabricating some pseudo heroics in his past Iraq war coverage, but the real problems of network news anchors are of a different kind.

    The British counterparts of Williams (NBC), David Muir (ABC) and Scott Pelley (CBS) are called...

  • I miss Yemen

    February 9, 2015 | 11:42 am

    I miss Yemen.

    That may come as a surprise since whenever the country makes headlines — as it has over the past few weeks — the overwhelming themes are war, violent radicalism, the impending doom of failed statehood and whatever other ominous sounding crisis (water shortages,...

  • Slain journalists Foley and Sotloff honored in memory of Daniel Pearl

    February 9, 2015 | 10:33 am

    James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl.

    The ADL Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the parents of Foley and Sotloff on Friday during the organization’s...

  • Local education politics has a watchdog in LA School Report

    January 14, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    With her strong background in journalism, Jamie Alter Lynton strongly considers the ethics of covering stories such as the hackers’ release of confidential information from Sony Pictures Entertainment, where her husband, Michael Lynton, is the chief executive. On the one hand, it...

  • Why Judaism needs journalism

    By David Suissa

    November 20, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    There’s a tendency in the Jewish world to look for big solutions to big problems. One of those problems is the disheartening fact that most Jews today are simply not that interested in Judaism.

    This problem isn’t made up — it’s real. We live in a world where the options are so...

  • How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identity

    September 4, 2014 | 3:14 pm

    Don’t bring it up. If it comes up, change the subject. If you can’t change the subject, consider an outright denial.

    Those are some of the strategies used by Jewish reporters working in the Arab and Muslim Middle East to conceal their religious heritage.

    The dangers facing...

  • Jewish student press group convenes in L.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    October 30, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    More than two dozen Jewish high school student journalists from Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco gathered on Oct. 24 for a four-day convention and Shabbaton that aimed to build students’ practical journalism skills while addressing the intersection of news reporting and...

  • ‘For 2,000 years, the Temple Mount was off-limits to Jews’

    September 24, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    Excerpted from Yossi Klein Halevi’s “Like Dreamers: The Story of Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation”

    The next morning, the three battalions of Brigade 55 assembled on the Temple Mount, for a victory lineup. Only a week earlier they had been boarding...

  • Yossi Klein Halevi’s dream

    By David Suissa

    September 24, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    Too many books about Israel try to tell us what to think or feel. Whether from the left or right, it seems that the subject of Israel brings out the emotional partisan in many of us. We feel strongly one way or the other, so we like to read books or articles that support our...

  • Daniel Pearl Fellows: Reshaping hate

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    On the evening of Aug. 22, I had a public conversation with three Muslim journalists, two from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh, at the Los Angeles Press Club. All three were in the United States as Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellows, a program to introduce Muslim journalists to...

  • Yehuda Lev, Jewish journalist and columnist, 86

    By Tom Tugend

    August 5, 2013 | 11:20 am

    Yehuda Lev, an iconoclastic journalist and veteran of World War II and Israel’s War of Independence, who established a European underground route to smuggle Holocaust survivors to Palestine, died on Aug. 3 in Providence, R.I., after a prolonged illness. He was 86.

    With the...

  • Jewish Journal receives top honors at SoCal Journalism Awards

    June 24, 2013 | 12:27 pm

    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...

  • Has Villaraigosa succeeded as L.A.’s mayor?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 24, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Years ago, I was complaining about one of our governors to a colleague, Jack Germond, an experienced and highly respected national political reporter. Germond, who had reported from many states, regarded my analysis with skepticism. He said he seldom met a statehouse reporter like...

  • Criticism is not Islamophobia

    By David Suissa

    April 22, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    Criticism is the oxygen of journalism. Here at the Jewish Journal, we will criticize anything that we believe deserves criticism, including religion. We will criticize preachers who use Christianity to express hatred and bigotry toward gays as much as we will criticize religious...

  • Can journalists really be objective?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 20, 2013 | 11:10 am

    Journalists are perceived as the most solid people for the presentation of neutral news, both to the public and to themselves. But as neutral as we wish to be, opinion is inevitable. It finds its way out there, even if you are writing a plain and simple news report.


    This is all...

  • What is the Media War and why is it such a big deal?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Last week, we all witnessed what is called: Media War. The media war in unannounced and it doesn't end with a truce- it is an ongoing battle with social networks and websites as the battlefield. It occurs when two sides of a conflict of sort compete for the public's attention...

  • Jonah Lehrer resigns from The New Yorker after admitting fabrications

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 30, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    New Yorker editor David Remnick was rather precise when he said, “This is a terrifically sad situation.”

    He was referring to the resignation of one of his newly minted staff writers, L.A. native Jonah Lehrer, a preternaturally gifted thinker and writer and best selling author, who...

  • Journalist Uri Blau convicted of holding classified military documents

    July 24, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Uri Blau, the Haaretz journalist who accepted classified documents from an Israeli soldier, was convicted under a plea bargain.

    As part of the plea deal, Blau agreed to admit to holding secret intelligence without intent to harm national security, according to Haaretz. The Tel Aviv...

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