Jewish media journalists are a dedicated group that believe in their mission of informing and comforting the Jewish community, yet according to the findings of a new study by the iEngage Project of the Shalom Hartman Institute their journalistic values and community connections often conflict.
“Journalists for Jewish media want to do the right thing, yet sometimes what’s right for their journalistic souls can trouble their Jewish souls,” said report author Alan D. Abbey
, Director of Media and Internet Services at the Shalom Hartman Institute. “As journalists, they bring values such as objectivity and full disclosure to their work, yet that can put them in conflict with Jewish tradition and their personal desires to be connected to their community.”
The purpose of the study was to identify needs of and challenges facing Jewish media journalists and use this information to help journalists to succeed in presenting a picture of Israel and Judaism that they feel is accurate and reliable. The results of the responses of more than 100 Jewish media journalists were compared with findings from recent surveys of the U.S. Jewish community and journalists from 18 countries worldwide.