Perlman, Polner Interning at JTA
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Perlman, Polner Interning at JTA

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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s summer intern program began its 10th year this week, it was announced by Martin Fax, president of the JTA. The continuation of the program, which began in 1970, was made possible this year by special grants from JTA Board members. The program provides on-the-job training for young people interested in Jewish journalism, Fax pointed out.

This year’s interns are Sharyn Perlman, a free lance writer and editor, and Robert Polner, a junior at Columbia University. Perlman has worked in the field of publishing for the past several years as proof-reader, editor and researcher as well as in the areas of marketing and book production. The types of books worked on include a children’s at as, collectors’ books and crafts books.

A graduate of Columbia University where she majored in philosophy and Jewish studies, Perlman’s interest in journalism, and in Jewish journalism in particular, was increased as a result of residing two years in Jerusalem where she studied at Hebrew University and at Pardes Institute. Perlman is a native New Yorker and presently resides in New York City.

Polner, at Columbia, reports for the “Columbia Daily Spectator” and was recently appointed editor of “Broadway,” its magazine supplement. He has written on such topics as conscientious objection, Columbia’s community relations, nuclear power and the Soviet Jews who settled in Brighton Beach, N.Y.

As a freshman, Polner wrote the first article in the New York area on the possibility of military draft reinstatement. He has been published in “Shalom,” the newsletter of the Jewish Peace Fellowship, of which he is a member. He plans to major in history and wants to become a reporter after he graduates. Polner lives in Great Neck, N.Y.

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