The Jerusalem Post's new editor-in-chief, Steve Linde, joined 20 Questions this week, and shared his thoughts on the future of the newspaper, the News of the World scandal, Jimmy Carter, and the two-state solution.
South Africa native began his term as editor-in-chief two weeks ago,
following the resignation of his predecessor, David Horovitz. Linde
first broached journalism as an undergraduate student, and continued to a
graduate degree in sociology from the University of Natal in Durban,
South Africa. After a move to America, Linde studied Journalism once
more, this time on the graduate level at University of California at Berkeley.
Linde told 20 Questions that he would encourage young people to study journalism, including its new, emergent forms.
27, Linde made aliya and joined the IDF Artillery Unit. During his
service, he also worked for Israel Radio's English news department.
Linde joined the Post
14 years ago, and before taking the reins as editor-in-chief, he worked under Horovitz as managing editor.
told 20 Questions that under his leadership the paper won’t "differ
significantly from the direction of David Horovitz." He plans to
maintain the Post
’s emphasis on balanced reportage, with opinions from one political camp always coupled with views from the other side.
While Linde intends to "have a range of views among our columnists
across the board," he hopes to steer clear of extremist opinions on the
Left or the Right.
In response to how he differs from Horovitz, Linde said that he is not
as concerned as his predecessor about the paper being labeled.
"I think anyone who’s read the Jerusalem Post
over the past few years can’t really point to us being a right-wing
newspaper. I don’t think we tend to go one way or the other,’ Linde
In his new role, Linde keeps the chair of Gershon Agron, founding editor
of the paper and former mayor of Jerusalem, in his office.
"Agron was an unbelievable guy," who does not get enough credit, in
Linde’s view. "One of the things I’d like to do as editor is pay tribute
to him," said Linde, especially in light of the Post
’s upcoming 80th anniversary.
On the other hand, Linde feels that Jimmy Carter, despite his pivotal
role in the peace process with Egypt, has done the most damage to Israel
in recent years through his anti-Israel statements as well as his
meetings with Hamas.
When asked for a solution to the Israel-Palestinian crisis, Linde
replied that he doesn’t think "unilateral moves by either party are
beneficial at all."
Instead, he hopes the United States, along with other friendly
countries, will pressure the Palestinians to sit down to negotiations
with Israel and finally reach a peace agreement.
On the future of journalism in the wake of the Murdoch scandal, Linde
maintains that while the scandal is a "huge, interesting story" that
will certainly have ramifications throughout the industry, it is not
"the beginning of the end" for the industry.
Amateur journalism, whether in the form of Wikileaks, blogs, or video,
has also changed the face of contemporary reporting, Linde opined,
adding that he is excited to see "journalism going through a huge
Linde admits that this transitional period has been tough for print journalism, but "the Jerusalem Post
has proven that we can survive."
's moves to diversity in order to appeal to a broader readership have helped the paper stay afloat, according to Linde. The Jerusalem Post
’s editions include, but are not limited to, French, Christian, International, and Hebrew publications.
And his bottom line? “We’re doing well.”
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