NEW YORK (JTA) – 70 Faces Media has hired veteran journalist Andrew Silow-Carroll to be the editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the nearly century-old international news agency known as JTA.
For the past 13 years, Silow-Carroll has served as CEO and editor in chief of the New Jersey Jewish News. His weekly column is regularly reprinted in the Times of Israel and has received numerous awards from the American Jewish Press Association.
Before coming to the New Jersey Jewish News, Silow-Carroll was the managing editor of the Forward, where he mentored several young journalists now playing lead roles at major Jewish media outlets.
“Andy is a first-rate mentor, editor, columnist and person, with both a nuanced and seasoned understanding of the organized Jewish community and a deep commitment to covering the ever-changing landscape of Jewish life and Jewish identity,” said 70 Faces Media CEO and Executive Editor Ami Eden.
Deborah Kolben, the editorial director and chief operating officer at 70 Faces Media, said: “In making this selection, we kept coming back to Andy’s unique blend of journalistic and management experience, talent, creativity and human intelligence — and our firm belief that these traits make him uniquely qualified to work collaboratively with us to develop a compelling new vision for JTA.”
Silow-Carroll, who is scheduled to start March 14, replaces JTA Managing Editor Gabrielle Birkner, who is becoming 70 Faces Media’s director of digital strategy.
“My first full-time reporting job was with JTA, when it was making the transition to the personal computer age,” Silow-Carroll said. “It’s hugely gratifying to return to the agency and help guide a forward-looking, digital news operation with a national and international reach.”
Founded in 1917, JTA has an international team of editors, staff reporters and freelance contributors covering issues and developments impacting Jews and Jewish communities in North America, Israel and around the world.
The JTA Archive includes more than 250,000 stories spanning nearly 100 years of Jewish history. In addition to serving a growing base of online users, JTA remains committed to serving more than 65 Jewish and Israeli media outlets with millions of monthly users.
Last year, JTA merged with MyJewishLearning to create 70 Faces Media. In addition to JTA, the new parent organization operates MyJewishLearning.com, Kveller, Nosher and the daily newsletter Jewniverse.