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New Jewish journo group

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-05-01

Jewish journalists living in London have a new social group they can join and meet up with others on a regular basis to schmooze, network and discuss areas of mutual interest.

The new group is the first solely for journalists actively working in print, broadcast and online and comes in the wake of the decline of the once popular Guild of Jewish Journalists.

The brainchild of 27-year-old Jessica Shepherd, a reporter on The Times Higher Education Supplement, the group attracted more than a dozen people at its first event, a pub evening at The Freemasons Arms in Hampstead, north west London.

Aimed at those up to the age of 40, the group has gained interest from journalists across all areas of the profession including those working on national newspapers, television, digital media and magazines.

"Journalism is reliant on making good contacts inside and outside the profession. What better way to help each other in our careers than to network within our religion," said Jessica who previously worked on regional daily newspaper The Birmingham Post.  "Of course it is also a social thing. It is always fun to meet new people and this group of people will have two important things in common - Judaism and journalism."

For more information, email Jessica: jessicashepuk@yahoo.co.uk