U.S. Jewish journalists, more than readers, believe caring about Israel an important part of Jewish identity

(Israel 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), a new survey has found.

Jewish newspapers. Credit: Sean Savage.

In the survey "Reporting Jewish: Do Journalists Have the Tools to Succeed?"  released Wednesday by the iEngage Project of the Shalom Hartman Institute, nearly 90 percent of responding Jewish journalists said they believe caring about Israel is an important part of their Jewish identity, while only two-thirds of American Jews agree with that statement.

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 leadership.

Posted on June 27, 2013 .