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Longtime Jewish Telegraphic Agency publisher Marc Joffe is stepping down after
17 years, it was announced on Friday morning.
“Media is changing quite a
bit,” Joffe told The Jerusalem Post. “I put in a long stint and it was time for
a change. I turned 50 in January and am looking at the next phase in my
During his tenure as the head of the news organization, Joffe
oversaw its entry into the digital era, initiating projects such as the creation
of its Web site and digitizing the 93-year-old agency’s archives.
be replaced by Ami Eden, the editor-in-chief of the New York-based news wire for
the past two years.
Eden was unavailable for comment at press time.
However, in a statement he said he was “humbled and honored at the opportunity
to lead a media organization that has been on the front lines of one of the most
monumental centuries in Jewish history.”
Joffe’s announcement comes at
the end of what has been a tense year for JTA, during which it has had to cut
down on staff and find additional sources of income that include selling online
ads and asking readers for donations.
The outgoing publisher spoke with
the Post about the shift in JTA’s business model and the changes print
journalism has undergone since he first joined the news wire as an editor in
“Back then we still had typewriters and print setters,” Joffe
recalled. “We are still serving the newspapers and our wire service is still
important but over ten years ago we realized the world was changing and we
decided to serve readers directly. We began to do that by developing a Web site
fairly early in 1997. At the end of the day JTA’s mission is educating the
Eden promised to take “aggressive steps” to continue
JTA’s mission to inform the Jewish world, find new sources of revenue, attract
younger readers and involve editorial staff more closely