Are you a Jewish Journalist, looking for a free conference?  Desiring to hone your “objectivity-o-meter” skills?  Want to connect with the latest and greatest Pro-Israel politicians on the scene?  Looking to get the inside poop to scoop the competition?  Want to learn how to “deconstruct negative press, identify bad press, and generate [your] own good press on behalf of Israel”?

Well, apparently, there’s a conference out there where you can scoop all the poop you desire.

Really, it’s quite the opportunity, just read the email they sent (listed below): “Led by seasoned journalists and politicians, the conference is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university who are in some way focused on PR, journalism, or writing.”

Wait, what? “In some way focused on “PR, journalism, or writing”? That’s odd, I always considered PR and journalism entirely different beasts, opposing even.

Maybe that’s why neither of these controversial statements appear on the “Do the Write Thing” website, found here.  Instead, they’re written in the email blast.  Now, if Hagshama and the Office of the Prime Minister (the co-sponsors of this affair) want to host yet another PR-filled, highly subsidized pro-Israel ra ra session, zei gezunt, go in health. 

But come now, let’s be honest.  This is not about “addressing issues of [objectivity]” in the media, as written on their website.  It’s about lauding pro-Israel rhetoric to one’s heart’s content while enjoying free (or highly subsidized) room service.  And, sadly, as usual, it’s about silencing voices of dissent with a PR, echo-filled chamber, and nothing to do with journalism.

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Appendix A, The Email:

From: Michael Friedman (Hagshama) [mailto:no_reply@wzo.org.il
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 12:51 PM
Subject: Into Journalism and meeting Israeli Officials? Read this!!

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Do the Write Thing (DTWT) 

Nov 8-10 at the UJC’s General Assembly (GA) in Washington DC

Focused on journalism, DTWT is a heavily subsidized three day conference at the GA that gives participants behind-the-scenes access to some of Israel’s and North America’s most influential politicians and journalists. Students are taught how to deconstruct negative press, identify bad press, and generate their own good press on behalf of Israel. Led by seasoned journalists and politicians, the conference is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university who are in some way focused on PR, journalism, or writing. 

Expenses covered include: three nights in a five star hotel, materials, and most meals. You only need to pay for travel to Washington, DC. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet high-ranking officials and network with a “who’s who” of the Jewish world.

Applications, due Oct 10th, 2009, are now being accepted at
http://hagshama.org.il/en/dtwt/