Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Type Not-for-profit news agency
Industry News media
Founded February 6, 1917 (1917-02-06)
Founders Jacob Landau
Headquarters New York City, USA
Key people Ami Eden, Editor-in-Chief
Products Wire service[1]
Website www.jta.org

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) is an international news agency and wire service serving Jewish community newspapers and media around the world, with 88 subscriber outlets listed on its web site.[2]

The JTA was founded on February 6, 1917, by Jacob Landau as the Jewish Correspondence Bureau in The Hague with the mandate of collecting and disseminating news among and affecting the Jewish communities of the diaspora,[3][4][5][6] especially from the European war fronts.[7] In 1919, it moved to London, under its current name.[5][8][9]

In 1922, the JTA moved its headquarters to New York City.[5] By 1925, over 400 newspapers (Jewish and general) subscribed to the JTA. Its cable service improved the quality and range of Jewish periodicals.[7] Today, it has correspondents in Washington, DC, Jerusalem, Moscow and 30 other cities in North and South America, Israel, Europe, Africa and Australia. The JTA covers news of interest to the Jewish community, though it is also committed to journalistic detachment.[7]

The JTA is a not-for-profit corporation governed by an independent Board of Directors. It claims no allegiance to any specific branch of Judaism or political viewpoint. “We respect the many Jewish and Israel advocacy organizations out there, but JTA has a different mission — to provide readers and clients with balanced and dependable reporting,” wrote JTA editor-in-chief and CEO and publisher Ami Eden. He gave the example of the JTA's coverage of the Mavi Marmara activist ship.[2]

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  1. ^ Joe Sterling (January 22, 2012). "Jewish paper's column catches Secret Service's eye". CNN. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Fledgling Jewish News Service Rocks Boat With Strident Pro-Israel Message, Challenges JTA for Slice of Jewish Newspaper Market, By Josh Nathan-Kazis, Forward, issue of July 5, 2013
  3. ^ American Jewish Committee, Jewish Publication Society of America (1920). American Jewish year book. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ Willard Learoyd Sperry (1971). Religion and our divided denominations. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c YIVO Archives, Fruma Mohrer, Marek Web, Yivo Institute for Jewish Research (1998). Guide to the YIVO Archives. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Otto Dov Kulka. Deutsches Judentum unter dem Nationalsozialismus. Mohr Siebeck. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Jonathan D. Sarna. "The American Jewish Press". The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media. Oxford University Press. p. 544. 
  8. ^ Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy (2004). Isaiah Berlin; Letters, 1928–1946. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ Verena Dohrn (July 28, 2009). "Diplomacy in the Diaspora: The Jewish Telegraphic Agency in Berlin (1922–1933)". Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 

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