The dilemma of past and present
Long-time readers of the paper will have noticed many changes over the years – first and foremost the increase in size, which of course allowed not only for more content, but more varied content.
PM Netanyahu reading 'The Jerusalem Post' [file] Photo: Marc Israel Sellem
THE DILEMMA in editing an 80th anniversary supplement of a newspaper is whether
to delve entirely into the past or to focus on the present and the future. This
supplement aimed towards striking a happy medium between the two
Journalists, because their names appear for many years in a
particular publication, achieve some modicum of fame, but unlike film stars and
pop singers, their lives generally remain private. Readers, though familiar with
the name of a favorite reporter or feature writer, know little if anything about
the person behind the byline.
To a small extent, this lacuna is rectified
in this supplement in that Alexander Zvielli, The Jerusalem Post’s senior
archivist, tells his own story, weaving it in with the history of the
He probably holds the record for being the oldest employee in
Israel, and the longest employed at the one enterprise.
Zvielli knew very
little English when he began working for The Palestine Post, but for some years
now his copy has barely needed editing.
Retired journalist Abraham
Rabinovich and Sarah Honig both came to the paper in the 1960s – he a seasoned
reporter, and she a fresh faced student just starting out on her
He retired after 30 years; she’s still going strong, and both
their stories appear in the supplement.
Health and Science editor Judy
Siegel-Itzkovich began working at the Post in 1973 and tells an interesting tale
of how she got her job.
The Jerusalem Post once maintained offices in
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, and so there are interviews with prominent
personalities from all three cities – each working in completely different
According to Wikipedia, President Shimon Peres is currently the
world’s oldest de jure head of state. As such, it was important to interview him
for this publication, especially in view of the fact that Peres represents
walking history whereas Zvielli chronicles history on a regular basis and
reminds readers of the highs and lows in Israel’s development.
Kirschen, better known by the title of his famous cartoon series Dry Bones, will
on January 1 celebrate the 40th anniversary of his becoming a cartoonist at The
Jerusalem Post, so it was certainly appropriate to include his story as
Moving fast forward, we could not ignore issues like Iran, the
general political scene or Israel’s hi-tech and economic
For sports enthusiasts who are looking forward to next
year’s Maccabiah Games which open in Jerusalem, there are some nostalgic
photographs, plus a reminder that this year, 2012, marks the 80th anniversary
not only of The Jerusalem Post but also of the Maccabiah Games.
readers of the paper will have noticed many changes over the years – first and
foremost the increase in size, which of course allowed not only for more
content, but more varied content.
Then there was the change from British
spelling to American spelling, which in the days of the typewriter caused a lot
of anguish to reporters and feature writers who had been educated in the British
style. With computers it’s a lot easier, because most PCs these days include a
program that features not only American spelling but also American grammatical
forms as distinct from British.
Modern technology has now made it
possible to read The Jerusalem Post anywhere at any time on a PC, laptop, tablet
or smart phone, and to catch up with news as it’s happening. Editor- in-Chief
Steve Linde and Managing Editor of JPost.com Elana Kirsh have dealt with this
aspect in their introductory columns.
This is also an opportunity to
thank so many colleagues at The Jerusalem Post for pitching in over and above
their regular duties to make this publication what is hopefully a good read.