Journalism

News of the World closure: A boost for Richard Desmond papers?

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011

The print runs of the Sunday editions of papers owned by media mogul Richard Desmond are expected to be increased this week as the last ever News of the World is published.

It was announced on Thursday that the News of the World would shut following allegations of phone hacking and corruption.

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Simon Kelner out as Independent editor

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Simon Kelner is leaving his position as editor of the Independent.

The Jewish writer has edited the paper for 13 years and oversaw the decision to introduce a cheaper daily edition last year, the ipaper.

Mr Kelner will remain as editor-in-chief of the Independent, but day-to-day responsibility for the paper and its Sunday title will go to Chris Blackhurst, an Evening Standard journalist.

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Hari defends himself over Levy interview storm

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

The award-winning Independent journalist Johann Hari has defended himself over criticism for repeating quotes from a Haaretz comment piece. He did so in an interview with the Israeli writer Gideon Levy.

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Olympic torch and top award for young writer

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

A Jewish journalist has had her work commended by the judges of a prestigious media award.

Emma Barnett, the digital media editor of the Daily Telegraph, was named the "digital editorial individual 2011" at the Association of Online Publishers (AOP) awards ceremony in London last week.

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Rachel Beer: Fleet Street's first woman editor

By Simon Round, May 5, 2011

Until very recently if you Googled the name Rachel Beer you would not come up with anything very much, certainly nothing to suggest that she did what no woman has done before or since - edit both the Observer and the Sunday Times. Indeed, for eight years she was in editorial control of both papers.

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Signs of The Times at JCC

By Jessica Elgot, April 14, 2011

James Harding of The Times has spoken about the pressures of being a Jewish editor when Israel is in the headlines.

Mr Harding was interviewed by former Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard at a JCC event, discussing his career, antisemitism and the media and British reporting of the Middle East.

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Hypocrisy - the writer's spur

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 21, 2011

I never intended to become a journalist. I have never been trained as a journalist. I have no journalistic accreditation and I am not a member of the NUJ.

Had I told my parents that I had ambitions in the journalistic direction they would at best have given me "a good talking to" and might even have called in a shrink.

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Paper-wrapped extremism

By Michael Weiss, March 17, 2011

What does it take for an extremist organisation to be benignly portrayed in the professedly progressive Guardian newspaper? Possibly not very much. It certainly won't hinder you to be Islamist in orientation and antisemitic in content.

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Can the British media understand nuances?

By Yair Lapid, February 18, 2011

Gentlemen (and ladies) of the British press, may I offer you a deal? The offer lasts until the close of this article. (Regular readers of the JC, please bear with me; though you are not the specific readership for this offer, the substance of it concerns us all).

The deal (you know what they say about us Jews, we love deals) goes as follows: you can maintain whatever opinion you hold on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - which, from a strictly statistical perspective, puts me on rather shaky ground since, as British journalists, you are probably pro-Palestinian.

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Not so easily impressed

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2010

Independent editor Simon Kelner, who launches spin-off title i next week, must still be on a mission to prove himself. When appointed Indy chief in 1998, he rang his mother. Instead of the mazeltovs, she asked about his predecessor Rosie Boycott. "She's gone off to edit the Express," he said. "Now that's a job," she replied.

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