Join New Voices for The Alevy National Jewish Student Journalism Conference

Are you a Jewish student? Do you like to write? (You’re reading New Voices, so we’d hazard a guess the answer is yes.)

Join New Voices and the Jewish Student Press Service for The Alevy National Jewish Student Journalism Conference, May 21-22 in New York City. 

Our conference is the only gathering of its kind, an intensive two-day seminar for a select group of student journalists ready to explore our favorite topic: Jews and the news.

Come hear from veteran journalists and editors from outlets like The New York TimesBloombergHaaretz, the ForwardTablet Magazine, Jewish Telegraphic Service, The Jewish Week, and more. 

You can beef up your new media skills in workshops with Tablet Magazine media professionals, learn about freelancing with an editor from the Forward, hear tales from foreign correspondents, schmooze with students from campuses across the country, and more.

(And there’s free food – snacks, two lunches, and a dinner. Because this is an event for college students, after all.)

Sound like your kind of weekend? See the full schedule below, and APPLY HERE… and soon. Applications are rolling, and space is limited.

Conference registration is for a limited time only $55 and only $50 for members of our co-sponsoring student organizations: The Columbia Current, NETWORK: the American Union of Jewish Students, and the World Union of Jewish Students. Overnight accommodations are available, and travel subsidies are likely available upon request.

Questions about the conference? Contact us at We hope to see you this Spring!

Conference Schedule


Sunday, May 21

9:30-10:30 am: Check-in + Introduction

10:35-11:50 am:  Jewish Editors’ Round Table: Journalism in the Age of Trump

Moderator: Steven M. Cohen, professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College

Gary Rosenblatt – editor in chief of The Jewish Week

Andrew Silow-Carroll – editor in chief of JTA

Helen Chernikoff – news editor of the Forward

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch (Sponsored by Scribe, the Forward Contributors Network)

1:00-1:50 pm: Freelancing: How to Pitch and Get Published

Moderator: Sam Apple, professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania

Laura E. Adkins – editor of Scribe, the Forward Contributors Network

Rachel Tepper Paley – freelance food and travel writer

Daniella Cheslow – multimedia journalist, Radio Free Europe and Associated Press contributor

2:00-3:00 pm:  New Media Workshops – Podcasting & Social Media Branding

Elissa Goldstein – director of audience development at Tablet Magazine, producer of Tablet Magazine’s podcast “UnOrthodox”

Sarah Ivry – host of Vox Tablet, the National Magazine Award winning podcast from Tablet Magazine

3:00-3:30 pm: Coffee Break

 3:35-4:50 pm: “Kid, Let Me Give You Some (Career) Advice…”

Moderator: Hannah Weintraub, New Voices contributor

Dan Wilchins – Bloomberg editor, former Reuters reporter

Bari Weiss – New York Times staff editor, previous associate book review editor at the Wall Street Journal

Deborah Kolben – COO and editorial director of 70 Faces Media

6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner (Sponsored by the Alevy Family Foundation)

Monday, May 22

9:30-10:20 am: Video Storytelling for the Web

Mik Moore – digital media campaign strategist, former New Voices editor

10:30-11:30 am: America Polarized: Can Journalism Bridge Divides?

Mark Oppenheimer – 2010-2016 New York Times columnist, Tablet Magazine’s “Unorthodox” podcast host

11:35-12:50: Orthodox Jews and the Press: Relationship Status? It’s Complicated

Moderator: Masha Schollar, editor of The YU Observer

Ari Goldman – Columbia School of Journalism professor

Debra Nussbaum Cohen – Haaretz New York correspondent

Uriel Heliman – JTA journalist and editor

Rabbi Avi Shafran – Agudath Israel spokesperson

1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch (Sponsored by 70 Faces Media)

2:00-3:00 pm: Conflicts on Campus: Defining Anti-Semitism

Moderator: Ross Beroff, founder of what2jew

Kenneth Stern – lead drafter of the State Department definition of anti-Semitism, award-winning author

3:00-3:30 pm: Coffee Break with Jewish Currents editor Ron Skolnik

3:30-4:45 pm: Reporting on the Middle East: Three Jews, Four Opinions

Moderator: Ilana Sichel, editor of Jewniverse

Ben Sales – JTA reporter, former JTA Israel correspondent

Lisa Goldman – founding editor of +972 Magazine

Efrat Nechushtai – Israeli journalist, former Haaretz editor

4:45-5:00 pm: Conclusion

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