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Italian Jews training to work in Jewish media

ROME (JTA) — Italy’s Jewish community is running a first-of-its-kind seminar to train young journalists for work in the Italian Jewish media.

The workshop is the latest move in a concerted program by Jewish leaders in Italy to upgrade Jewish information, for the community and the general public.

During the two-week seminar, which began Sunday near Trieste, five young journalists are holding hands-on training sessions with professionals from the Jewish and mainstream media. The participants are from Florence, Venice, Turin and Milan.

Other recent initiatives have been the launch of a Jewish information portal, www.moked.it, and the publication in May of the first edition of what is planned as a periodic national Jewish newspaper.

Renzo Gattegna, president of the umbrella Union of Italian Jewish Communities, said he hoped the seminar would "be useful in reinforcing structures that are weak and sometimes not very efficient."

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