Does news about Judaism get shortchanged in the media mix?
Yeah, it probably does. There are are just so many more Christians.
This point came up at a recent fellowship program for journalists at Brandeis University. The Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt was there and “writes”:http://www.thejewishweek.com/top/editcolcontent.php3 that news about popes, the role of evangelicals in the public square, and the Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal has taken up much of the religion news space in recent years.
All the more reason for the importance of the Jewish press, whose top stories of the last decade included the overlap of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism; scandals of rabbinic abuse; the rise of influence of family foundations in setting and subsidizing the Jewish communal agenda; and the weakening of the Conservative movement as it strives to balance fealty to Jewish law with acceptance of American cultural values, especially in accepting gays and lesbians as rabbis.
And what’s coming up?
Looking ahead, the panel cited as stories that were missed Ã¢â‚¬â€ or deserve closer attention Ã¢â‚¬â€ the growing attempt to develop a robust secular Judaism and culture, especially among younger people; the increasing phenomenon of Ã¢â‚¬Å“half Jews,Ã¢â‚¬? seeking to find their role in Jewish life; and similarly, the role of non-Jews living in Jewish households.