After a thorough search process, Mid-Atlantic Media has hired Selah Maya Zighelboim as the new editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times (JT).
Formerly the digital editor of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia, an affiliated publication of the JT, Zighelboim also worked at the Exponent as a staff writer, penning feature stories, breaking news pieces, arts criticism, and more. She also served as the paper’s proofreader.
As digital editor at the Exponent, the second-oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the country, she led the paper in rethinking and prioritizing its online presence. She boosted the readership significantly by bringing a fresh point of view to a traditional newspaper, implementing SEO practices, galvanizing the paper’s social media accounts, and developing new digital media policies.
During her tenure at the Exponent, Zighelboim received four awards for spot news, health and medical reporting, business and labor reporting, and news feature writing from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the Professional Keystone Press Awards.
Craig Burke, JT publisher, said Zighelboim was a natural fit for the publication. “During our search for the new JT editor, one of our priorities was to raise JT’s digital activity and presence. It was clear to us during our meetings with Selah Maya that she was the candidate who can lead us to improve our digital content and deliver a fresh content approach for JT’s print publication. I know our readers are going to enjoy JT with her leadership.”
Zighelboim grew up in New Orleans and Austin, Texas, where she attended Jewish day schools, which she says were instrumental in forming her Jewish identity. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas, as well as an interdisciplinary certificate in digital art and media.
Zighelboim is looking forward to getting to know the Baltimore-area Jewish
“The Baltimore Jewish Times has kept the local Jewish community abreast of what’s going on in the community for more than a century,” Zighelboim said. “I am humbled to take on this role, and I want to do this historic publication proud. I want to keep up the tradition of what this publication has represented while also making it meaningful and engaging for a 21st-century audience.”
“Selah Maya is a great editor and a quick study,” said Liz Spikol, editor of the Jewish Exponent, who worked with Zighelboim closely at the Exponent and has supervised other JT editors. “She’s very good at getting to know a community and immersing herself in it. She will doubtlessly become indispensable to the JT, as she was at the Exponent.”
Zighelboim lives in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore.