The famed Algemeiner newspaper has launched an unprecedented 24-hour campaign to expand its team of Israel reporters as the ongoing war against Hamas has boosted demand for first hand reporting from Israel.
The campaign seeks to raise $100,000 which will go towards hiring new staff on the ground. Backers of the initiative hosted by crowdfunding platform Charidy include philanthropists Dina and Jonathan Leader, Barry Liben and the MZ Foundation. The matching gifts structure allows each contribution to be quadrupled by the matchers.
“Our readership has spiked in the last week,” Dovid Efune, Editor-in-Chief of The Algemeiner, said. “There is an increasing demand for the straightforward, accurate news that we provide.”
“Israel is under fire and The Algemeiner is working around the clock to accurately cover the crisis,” reads a message on the campaign page. “With rampant misinformation and biased reporting, our task is more important now than ever.”
“We ask you to join us in this campaign as a member of the global Algemeiner community. Together our voice is strongest, and it will be heard!” the appeal said.
The Algemeiner has recently re-emerged as a foremost media voice on behalf of Jews and Israel.
CNBC recently described The Algemeiner as the fastest growing Jewish newspaper in the United States, and Technorati ranked it #1 in the ‘World Authority’ category. 61.5% of The Algemeiner’s readers are under 34 years old.
The Algemeiner stories have been referenced and quoted by the most prominent international outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph and many others.