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If you’re between the ages of 22 and 35, live in the New York City area, and are interested in writing about the Jewish world, you should consider applying to a free seminar that New York Times columnist and Columbia University Journalism School Professor Sam Freedman will be teaching this fall. It will be Sam’s third year running the Writers’ Seminar on the Jewish People, and I can say from personal experience that it is a fantastic resource. (Full disclosure: The seminar is sponsored by the Avi Chai Foundation, a relative of the Keren Keshet Foundation, which founded Nextbook—Tablet Magazine’s parent organization—in 2003.)

First there’s Sam himself, who teaches (and models) a combination of reportorial skills and deep background knowledge of subject matter in a way that I think would have inspired me even had my beat been technology or theater or anything, rather than Jews. He provides feedback on student work that, frankly, would ordinarily cost you upwards of $50,000 a year. The students in my class ranged from talented freelancers just out of college to tenure-track Jewish studies professors, which meant highly engaged discussion during class—and a cohort of folks helping each other get their stories published, to this day.

My favorite thing about the class, though, was that I got to read, discuss, hear from, and meet about a dozen of our foremost experts on Jewish history and Jewish life: The same scholars and writers one often needs to call when writing, say, a Tablet Magazine article, would show up as guest lecturers.

All of this gets done in only four or five all-day meetings over the course of a school year—which I found to be a reasonable time commitment even as a full-time reporter.

Application guidelines and more information about the seminar are here. Enjoy.

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Hershl says:

Take the class if you can.

I would love to but I am older than 35.

I call it age-discrimination. No other way to describe it.

Disgusting.

So I started my own damn Jewish newspaper and, you know what, it has done quite well with no thanks to the class.

Maybe, someday, I will lecture to all of the lucky students:))

http://www.jewishdailyreport.wordpress.com

Hershl says:

One of the nice things you can do, if you have your own newspaper, is to print what others reject.

Since the NY Times, true to form, has once again refused to print my comment on their 911 Mosque article, I am posting it here.

It is important that all of us oppose this memorial to hate on the site of America’s worst Muslim crime.

A group of Muslims murders over 3,000 Americans in NYC in the name of Allah.

Then their co-religionists demand to build a mosque two blocks from the site.

And they choose to name it Cordoba House?

Cordoba is the Muslim name given to the portion of Spain conquered in the name of Allah. They tore down the biggest church they could find and built the Grand Mosque of Cordoba in 784 CE to symbolize their conquest.

Why would any American not be upset?

Any politician with any sense will understand that this is political suicide especially these days.

Those who don’t understand now, will understand comes election day.

http://www.jewishdailyreport.wordpress.com

So far, over 300 people have read the article posted on Friday regarding this. Not bad for someone who is ineligible to receive instruction as a Jewish journalist.

Well, I’m not angry and I’m not apt to start my own newspaper….On the other hand, I’m hoping that maybe there is a way that Sam Freedman’s class might be opened to older writers (gulp: I’m 51 and while comfortable with my age, haven’t yet had to identify with the descriptor: “older”). Alternatively, maybe there is a similar seminar which does not use age as a deciding factor but instead looks at desire and aptitude….
thanks

Daniel says:

I am not one to dwell on victimology, but this is clearly rank ageism of of the narrowest kind. Tablet should not be endorsing or promoting this, at least not while still keeping its own “enlightened liberal street cred” in its own mind.

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