When I started moonlighting for a Jewish weekly in the late 1950s, I often encountered sneers that implied that if I were any good, why wasn't I working for a "real" newspaper?
If you're a single 24-year-old gal looking to meet a preferably Jewish single guy in Los Angeles, you'd think a good pick-up line might include the words "I work for The Jewish Journal." After all, what better way to convey to the guy-of-interest that you're a fellow MOT? But you'd be wrong.
Filmmakers are currently wrestling with four different projects to document or dramatize the story of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter beheaded by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in early 2002, leaving behind a pregnant wife.
Somewhere between a young Joan Rivers and "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria, you'll find Adrianna Costa. On March 5, the Agoura-raised entertainment correspondent will be covering the Academy Awards live for the first time. However, she won't be in a gown hobnobbing with celebrities on the red carpet.
The dumbest question asked by any reporter anywhere in response to Hurricane Katrina came last Monday in Houston.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. Bush had just finished announcing a special relief effort -- the Hurricane Katrina Fund -- when someone in the press pool blurted out, "What do you think of reports that the levees were intentionally broken?"
The two men were already walking away at that point, but you could see the question register on Clinton's perennially exhausted face. Uncertainty -- did she really say that? -- then anger -- how dare she say that? -- then sadness -- what a sick, sick world where someone could even think that.
Rivera, 59, the flamboyant TV reporter, recently announced to the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post that he is planning to marry TV producer Erica Levy, 29, in a Reform ceremony in New York this summer.
Even though he promises to be a kinder, gentler version of himself, his raspy growl is -- and will be -- unmistakably unchanged.
So how will this year's Academy Awards differ from previous Oscar outings? One word: War.
From this collection's first article -- "In Indian Quake, Death Haunts the Living" (2001) -- Daniel Pearl's journalistic qualities shine through.
Peter Grant, veteran Los Angeles reporter, editor, public relations executive and Jewish community activist who was the first journalist to enter Japan after its surrender in 1945, died June 4 in San Diego at age 86.
Some of the differences between The Jewish Journal and the Los Angeles Times are obvious.
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