Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) U.S. Jewish journalists working for Jewish media outlets are less likely to view themselves as
government and business watchdogs, and are less willing to criticize their
community than mainstream American journalists (both Jewish and non-Jewish)
are, a new survey has found. The survey, released Wednesday, also found that
American Jewish journalists are by and large more religiously observant and
more pro-Israel than their readers in the larger U.S. Jewish community.
The “Reporting Jewish: Do Journalists Have
the Tools to Succeed?” survey, conducted by the iEngage Project of the
Shalom Hartman Institute, found nearly 90 percent said they believe caring
about Israel is an important part of their Jewish identity, while only
two-thirds of American Jews say the same thing.
Nearly one-quarter of survey respondents
identified themselves as Orthodox Jews, compared to less than 10 percent of the
U.S. Jewish population as a whole. Three-quarters of respondents said they agreed with
the statement that their community leaders were hard-working and conscientious,
and only 21 percent said they should be adversaries of their community