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  • No business like the news business: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Newsroom’

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 5, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    Aaron Sorkin, the playwright, television writer and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” is causing a stir with his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” about the inside antics of a cable news show and its commentary on American journalism. Sorkin’s “The West...

  • Congressmen threaten PA aid over Helen Thomas award

    April 10, 2012 | 10:50 am

    In a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, two congressmen said a medal awarded to veteran journalist Helen Thomas could hurt U.S. assistance to the PA.

    Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the...

  • Palestinians bestow journalism award on Helen Thomas

    April 2, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas received a prize in journalism from a representative of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Thomas, 91, who was forced into retirement two years ago after making controversial remarks about Jews and Israel, was recognized for...

  • Turkey’s jails filling up with journalists

    February 1, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    Aziz Tekin, a correspondent for the Kurdish-language newspaper Azadiya Welat, had the misfortune of becoming a news item himself over the weekend when he became the 105th journalist in Turkey to be put behind bars.

    That places Turkey – a country usually hailed as an exemplar of...

  • Opinion: Why I love paper

    By David Suissa

    January 11, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    It’s a fight to the death: As the digital revolution marches on, and more and more people do their reading on user-friendly digital devices, the end of paper’s 500-year reign seems to be at hand.

    Here at The Jewish Journal, we don’t take this development lightly. We have a...

  • Be a jury today!!!!

    By Klaudia Klimek

    December 13, 2011 | 1:20 am

    It is the second time JEWRNALISM introduces the contest for the best article. It`s going to be held in December and its aim is to add a spirit of an entertainment to our activity. The task is both simple and difficult in the same time. In the form of an article, photo or video the...

  • Howard Cosell: The man fans loved to hate

    December 1, 2011 | 11:22 am

    When Howard Cosell achieved fame as a sports journalist, the last thing he wanted was to be thought of as a Jewish sports journalist. But because of his insecurities, his condescension toward others, and his big mouth, that is exactly how Cosell (1918-1995) came to be perceived. He...

  • Opinion: Where have all the women gone?

    November 22, 2011 | 4:50 pm

    A recent Jerusalem bus ad promoting organ donation through the National Transplant Center (ADI) perfectly summarizes the battle over the public sphere in Jerusalem.

    The ad campaign asks Jerusalemites to sign an ADI donor card, yet it would seem that women are not invited to join...

  • World Press Freedom Day: New technology’s threats and potential

    May 3, 2011 | 11:08 am

    Newspaper readers might notice an empty white space in place of front page stories in their favorite broadsheets and tabloids on Wednesday morning. It’s part of a campaign organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers to mark World Press Freedom Day.  Larry...

  • Journalists’ group considers dropping Helen Thomas award

    January 4, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    Helen Thomas’ decision to take her disparagement of Zionists from off the cuff (last May) to on the record (last month) has led a journalists’ group to consider dropping her name from a lifetime achievement award.

    The Society of Professional Journalists is revisiting its decision...

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, it’s always Sunny in Hebron

    December 18, 2008 | 2:26 am


    I have but one question for Rob Eshman. It seems that in the economic hardships ahead, which will include loss of funds to send your children to college, loss of retirement IRAs, loss of homes, loss of jobs and other Depression or near-Depression hardships, Eshman finds comfort...
  • All the news that’s fit to neuter

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 3, 2008 | 6:03 pm

    When the obituary for American journalism is eventually written, a milestone in the journey to its death rattle will surely be the column that The New York Times' ombudsman, Clark Hoyt, wrote on Sunday.

    Hoyt's job is to hold the feet of The Times to the flames of journalism's...

  • Politics, rabbis, gotcha

    October 16, 2008 | 12:28 am

    Presidential Politics

    In response to the Oct. 10 Letters on Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin:

    I noticed the advertisement on Obama with the questionable people he is photographed associating with. I read the weekly news and view television debates, and I...
  • First Impressions

    By Rob Eshman

    August 21, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Last week, The Jewish Journal played host to two Muslim journalists.

    Umar Cheema and Utku Çakirözer are Daniel Pearl Fellows chosen by the Daniel Pearl Foundation in conjunction with the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships to work for six months in a U.S. newsroom.

    The idea is to...

  • Maher and Snow spar at American Jewish University, Journal veteran Tugend praised as ‘Distinguished

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Maher, Snow Spar at American Jewish University

    Calling Bill Maher "politically incorrect" is too kind. Bitingly snide, bitterly sarcastic, at times crude, caustic and offensive, he is also horribly funny.

    Tony Snow declared himself "the sacrificial lamb" the moment he stepped on...

  • The Pearl Fellow

    By Rob Eshman

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ramy was my first Syrian.

    We didn't meet cute, as people do in the movies. We met awkward.

    Ramy Mansour came to The Journal offices last week as a Daniel Pearl Fellow. As part of its effort to increase understanding between Islam and the West, the Foundation, named after the slain...

  • Class Notes: Book burning inspires book fair; Shalhevet scribes score; Rocket scientists among us

    By Julie G Fax

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    From Book Fire to Book Fair

    The students at Milken Community High School's Middle School threw a massive book fair for 250 kids from Sylvan Park Elementary School, whom they've been tutoring through the KOREH L.A. reading preparedness program. The seventh- and eighth-graders created...
  • Hitting the century mark doesn’t stop this translator

    By Jane Ulman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Most afternoons, you can find Eva Zeitlin Dobkin working. Undaunted by the 100-year marker she passed last month, she pulls her wheelchair up to the hospital bed in the room she shares at the Jewish Home for the Aging -- her side is separated by a curtain -- and spreads her work out...
  • City Voice: L.A. Times faces tough job

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    One day at lunch with a group of reporters and editors, Dave Laventhol, then the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, was musing that journalists had become elitist, separated from their communities, maybe even too educated.

    Was my bachelor's degree suddenly an encumbrance?

    "Is it...

  • An Unexpected Love

    By Marc Ballon

    June 29, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    When I joined The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles in late 2002 after 3 1/2 tumultuous years at the Los Angeles Times, I expected to stay at the paper a maximum of six months. My plan was to use The Journal as a safe haven while I hunted for a prestige magazine gig. After all, I...

  • It’s Personal, It’s Family and It’s Me

    By Julie G Fax

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What was most surprising about the e-mail I got just a few months ago is that it came three years after the story ran.

    When the story I wrote on addictions -- particularly, sex addiction -- was first published in March 2003, the response was immediate and strong.

    Some people...

  • Perky Obit Girl

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My love of journalism started in high school, when I confronted the cafeteria manager at my public -- predominantly Jewish -- high school about why there was no matzah available during Passover. I've always loved keeping people informed, so journalism seemed like a natural career...

  • A Brutal Awakening

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It is a hot August day, a steamy morning among the tree-lined streets in Granada Hills. I could be looking at the trees or the friendly rows of houses, but all I see is the parents.

    About 100 or so men and women are being held back by the police line that has been set up around the...

  • Risks, Rewards of the Jewish Angle

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish journalism has its risks, as veteran newsman Daniel Schorr has pointed out.

    Addressing a Jewish audience in Los Angeles some years ago, Schorr recounted that his first professional job, in the mid-1930s, was as a correspondent with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in his native...

  • Why I Write Jewish

    By Jane Ulman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Jan. 25, 1997, my oldest son, Zachary, became a bar mitzvah, a ceremony that inaugurated him into the Jewish community as a responsible young adult. It also catapulted me into the world of Jewish journalism as a family columnist.

    Call it writing therapy. Call it black humor....

  • Publishing Perils

    By Yehuda Lev

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Say what you will about journalism as a profession, you are never unemployed. Instead, you are "between assignments," a condition I found myself in during the early 1980s at the same time that The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was preparing to launch its new Jewish...

  • Why I Am Who I Am

    By Amy Klein

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I began my career in journalism at The Jerusalem Post, then the only English-language newspaper in Israel. It wasn't a Jewish newspaper per se; more than covering "Jewish news," its mission was to cover Israel as a country, and that included arts, business, science and technology,...

  • Shocking Discovery

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was cross when I arrived at The Jewish Journal on Oct. 9, 1986. I had earned a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University and had fantasized about becoming an arts writer (at least eventually) for, say, The New Yorker. Also, I was a bad Jew, having been turned off by...

  • The Lichtenstein Formula for a Jewish Paper

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The role of a Jewish newspaper is to connect the Jewish community, not to unify it," said Gene Lichtenstein, founding editor of The Journal.

    During his nearly 15-year tenure, which ended in 2000, Lichtenstein's formula was to hire good, independent writers and columnists who could...

  • Spectator - ‘Devil’ Is in the Details

    By Melanie Herschorn

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The film adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's 2003 New York Times best-selling novel, "The Devil Wears Prada," which hits theaters on June 30, follows recent college grad Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) as she takes on the dubious job of assistant to the editor-in-chief of the most prominent...

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