World Jewish News
Challenges facing Jewish Media in the Diaspora focus of the Second Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem
Senior publishers, senior writers and editors from across the world will gather in Jerusalem on Sunday for the 3-day second Jewish Media Summit to take part in discussions on the main issues confronting Israel, the Jewish people and the Jewish news media.
Issues such as pluralism and the Western Wall, the transforming Middle East and the strategic situation of Israel, anti-Semitism and the Jews of the world will be among the topics discussed by leading speakers who include Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu and several of his cabinet members and Opposition leaders.
But the focus of the summit will be the challenges facing the Jewish Media, the impact of the new media and the future of the print media, the role of Jewish media in shaping public opinion.
The program also comprises professional tours relevant to the Israeli society, roundtables with opinion-makers and meetings with public figures.
The summit is designed to create a direct channel of communication between the State of Israel and Jewish media around the world by providing credible, detailed and up-to-date information about the State of Israel on – inter alia – the economy, society, tourism, minorities and human rights, the organizers said.
It is a follow-up of the initiative begun in 2014 with the participation of journalists from around the world.
Following the 2014 summit, many journalists were added to the Government Press Office (GPO) distribution lists which provide credible, detailed and up-to-date information on the State of Israel. Receiving these notices strengthens the link to Israel and awareness of the challenges it faces in presenting its case to the world.
The journalists that participated in the summit, and the media they represent, form a network of links between Jewish and Israeli media outlets on newsworthy issues and facilitate both the transfer of credible information and the creation of solidarity.