Jewish Telegraphic Agency

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) is an international news agency and wire service serving Jewish community newspapers and media around the world, with about 70 syndication clients listed on its web site.[2]

Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Not-for-profit news agency
IndustryNews media
FoundedFebruary 6, 1917 (1917-02-06)
FounderJacob Landau
Key people
Andrew Silow-Carroll, Editor-in-Chief
ProductsWire service[1]
Parent70 Faces Media


The JTA was founded on February 6, 1917, by Jacob Landau as the Jewish Correspondence Bureau in The Hague with the mandate of collecting and disseminating news affecting the Jewish communities around the world,[3][4][5][6] especially from the European war fronts.[7] In 1919, it moved to London, under its current name.[5][8][9]

In 1922, the JTA moved its headquarters to New York City.[5] By 1925, over 400 newspapers (Jewish and general) subscribed to the JTA. Its cable service improved the quality and range of Jewish periodicals.[7] Today, it has correspondents in Washington, DC, Jerusalem, Moscow and 30 other cities in North and South America, Israel, Europe, Africa and Australia. The JTA is committed to covering news of interest to the Jewish community with journalistic detachment.[7]

In 1940, the JTA spawned the Overseas News Agency (ONA).[10] Although designed to appear like a normal news agency, it was in fact secretly funded by the British intelligence service MI6.[11] ONA provided press credentials to British spies and planted fake news stories in US newspapers.[11]

The JTA is a not-for-profit corporation governed by an independent board of directors. It claims no allegiance to any specific branch of Judaism or political viewpoint. "We respect the many Jewish and Israel advocacy organizations out there, but JTA has a different mission — to provide readers and clients with balanced and dependable reporting", wrote JTA editor-in-chief and CEO and publisher Ami Eden. He gave the example of the JTA's coverage of the Mavi Marmara activist ship.[12]

In 2015, the news service merged with the site MyJewishLearning to create 70 Faces Media, a Jewish media company.[13] Other sites under the 70 Faces Media company include Kveller, Alma, and Nosher.[14]



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  2. "About Us". Jewish Telegraph Agency. Jewish Telegraph Agency. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  3. American Jewish Committee, Jewish Publication Society of America (1920). American Jewish year book. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  4. Willard Learoyd Sperry (1971). Religion and our divided denominations. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  5. YIVO Archives, Fruma Mohrer, Marek Web, Yivo Institute for Jewish Research (1998). Guide to the YIVO Archives. Retrieved June 30, 2011.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. Otto Dov Kulka. Deutsches Judentum unter dem Nationalsozialismus. Mohr Siebeck. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  7. Jonathan D. Sarna. "The American Jewish Press". The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media (PDF). Oxford University Press. p. 544.
  8. Isaiah Berlin; Henry Hardy (2004). Isaiah Berlin; Letters, 1928–1946. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  9. Verena Dohrn (July 28, 2009). "Diplomacy in the Diaspora: The Jewish Telegraphic Agency in Berlin (1922–1933)". Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  10. "Overseas News Agency Launched". JTA. July 14, 1940.
  11. PJ Grisar (October 22, 2018). "Sharks Defending Britain From Nazis? How 'Fake News' Helped Foil Hitler". The Forward.
  12. Fledgling Jewish News Service Rocks Boat With Strident Pro-Israel Message, Challenges JTA for Slice of Jewish Newspaper Market, By Josh Nathan-Kazis, Forward, issue of July 5, 2013
  13. "JTA and MJL merge to create 70 Faces Media". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. January 5, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  14. "70 Faces Media | | Connecting people to all sides of the unfolding Jewish story". Retrieved May 13, 2019.
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