Perhaps the biggest change at the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin over the past year-and-a-half is the way we use our website – www.ottawajewishbulletin.com.
While the old site was stagnant with just a couple of stories from the print edition, our new site is dynamic and is updated every working day with new content.
The complete print edition is made available in PDF and page-flip versions for easy reading on smartphones, tablets and computer screens, and our main news stories and columns are also posted in the blog roll.
But, beyond the standard Bulletin content, we also now publish many articles online – both breaking news briefs and feature length pieces – from Israel and around the Jewish world – including here in Ottawa. The vast majority of these are articles we do not have space to include in our print editions. For example, in the less-than-two-weeks that passed between when our March 30 issue went to press on March 20 and when this issue went to press on April 2, we published more than 120 articles online. The website has brought our ability to cover Jewish news to a whole new level.
The online articles over this period included extensive coverage – including analyses – of continuously developing news stories like the negotiations to form Israel’s next coalition government and the Iran nuclear talks; important news of the day items from Israel and around the Diaspora; and features on such topics as the plight of Ukrainian Jewish refugees in Crimea, the Reform movement’s new gay-friendly machzor, and actor Michael Douglas writing
about his son’s first encounter with anti-Semitism.
The website has proven especially important during intense news cycles such as Israel’s Operation Protective Edge last summer in Gaza, the January terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store in France, and the recent Israeli election campaign.
The Bulletin website also provides readers with the ability to comment on the stories and columns we publish. Each article and column on the blog roll has a comments section.
We welcome your participation on the site, but we ask you to play by the rules. The site is moderated to protect against personal attacks and unsubstantiated claims. And we do not allow anonymous comments. Readers must post under their full names and provide an email address (which is not published) where we can contact them, should something need to be verified. This protects our site from degenerating into the kind of vindictive hate-fests we see on too many Internet sites.
But, please, if you have something to say about the issues covered in the articles and columns we publish, do join the conversation.
So, if you haven’t yet checked out the online Bulletin at www.ottawajewishbulletin.com, please do. And check back often for the latest stories, features and columns. And if you’re on Facebook, like our page – www.facebook.com/OttawaJewishBulletin – to get updates (with links) on the articles and columns posted to the site.
The new Daily Show host
Speaking of the Internet, a bit of a brouhaha developed online after The Daily Show announced that South African comedian Trevor Noah would succeed Jon Stewart, later this year, as host of the late-night satirical news show. It was discovered that he had a long Twitter history of almost 9,000 tweets, which included four questionable posts that some interpreted as being anti-Semitic.
For example, in one tweet from 2009, Noah wrote, “Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!” [sic]
And just last year, he wrote, “Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a double as rich Jewish man.”
While I’d agree that such posts are in poor taste and not at all funny, I really don’t think there’s much there to worry about. There certainly isn’t much there in the number of tweets – four of nearly 9,000 spread over six years – or in any level of real hatred being discernable. I’m prepared – at this point – to cut him some slack. Noah is a young comedian who has put his foot in his mouth a few times. What comedian hasn’t?
And, for that matter, haven’t we all?