Just before Rosh Hashana, HonestReporting officially opened its New York office. HR CEO Joe Hyams, together with East Coast Director Julie Hazan, were proud to welcome so many friends and supporters who have encouraged HR for many years to open a local chapter. Guests included media professionals, partner advocacy organizations, students, mission alumni in addition to HonestReporting board members and financial supporters.
Julie had the following to share with media and our global community:
We have seen great success building a highly responsive and media-savvy team in Jerusalem, and now we want to do the same thing in New York City. By expanding our mission overseas to detect and identify media bias in real time, HonestReporting will be better equipped to improve reporting about Israel across time zones and regions.
As we move into the Jewish new year, I feel privileged to help introduce positive news about Israel into the media, and to do it from New York, the epicenter of American Jewish life.
Joe Hyams adds:
In opening a new office in the U.S., HonestReporting is more than just holding journalists and editors accountable for accuracy. We’re also growing fast on social media, and local educational initiatives within and beyond the Jewish community, to help people make sense of the news they read about Israel.
We have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement we received in this new venture from so many friends and industry professionals who came to join our opening ceremony. There is no doubt that the coming year will see exponential growth in our output and impact as a result of this new phase in our history.