Justin Silberman, 24, has been onboard as a staff writer for the JT for nearly three months, tackling in-depth stories about zoning and politics and writing pieces on the Elijah Cummings Youth in Israel Program and the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Holocaust Teacher’s Institute.
While attending Towson University, Silberman focused his studies on journalism and communications.
After graduating in 2014, Silberman quickly integrated himself into the local press scene, writing for various online and print publications such as the Frederick News-Post, the (now-defunct) Gazette papers in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and sports periodical PressBox.
Silberman additionally operated as the assistant editor for PressBox, which bills itself as “Maryland’s leading sports media company for all your local sports news, any way you want it.”
“I always had a flair for writing when I was younger and an attention to detail,” said Silberman.
Though Silberman has nursed an eternal passion for athletics — having played basketball at the Owings Mills JCC, of which he has been a member since he was 7 years old — he realized in college that a professional career was a mere hoop dream.
“Writing was the next best thing,” said the self-proclaimed “huge sports fan,” who finds inspiration in the longstanding, protean careers of political commentators Alexander Britton “Brit” Hume and Charles Krauthammer.
“I would like to model my own work after them,” Silberman said.
As with his proclivity toward talking about and analyzing politics, Silberman continues to enjoy playing sports in addition to writing about and watching the proceedings. An avid golfer, Silberman is a particular fan of the local teams he grew up with, the Ravens and the Orioles.
For Silberman, it was a short hop, skip and a jump to the JT, having grown up in Owings Mills and attended Beth Israel Congregation down the street from the production office.
During his short time at the JT, Silberman already has written a number of cover stories and is energized by the continuing challenges of the rigorous but rewarding schedule an investigative journalist lives by.
“I look forward to keeping people informed about all of the happenings in the Jewish community,” Silberman said.
As for further future aspirations, Silberman proudly declared he wants only to be the reporter he is now: “I’m living it!”
Before embarking on a reporting career, Daniel Nozick was set to fulfill his lifelong dream of traveling the world, seeing and experiencing everything it had to offer.
Those plans, however, were put on hold when the 22-year-old was offered — and accepted — a staff reporter position with the JT in June, about a month after graduating from Virginia Tech.
For Nozick, who earned an undergraduate degree in professional and technical writing, the opportunity to establish himself in the print journalism industry through his Jewish roots was simply too good to pass up.
“I’ve just generally been involved with the Jewish community my entire life, especially in Washington, D.C.,” Nozick said. “Being a part of the Jewish Times, this position is perfect for me since it’s expanding on the connections I already have to the Jewish community.”
A Rockville native, Nozick took part in BBYO, a youth organization for eighth- through 12th-grade Jewish teens and spent several summers attending Capital Camps, a Jewish overnight camp in Waynesboro, Pa., for kids ages 8 to 17. Around that same time, he also developed a passion for sports, captaining the Wootton High School track team while also playing soccer and swimming competitively in rec leagues.
In college, Nozick remained active in Jewish causes and leadership roles, participating in both the Virginia Tech Hillel and Chabad programs. Additionally, he worked as an editor for Virginia Tech’s undergraduate research journal, Philologia, a coach at the writing center and a marketing intern for the university.
Since joining the JT, Nozick has wasted no time putting all that experience to work, covering stories such as the 150th anniversary of Sinai Hospital in August. So far, he said, he has thoroughly enjoyed getting out and building relationships in the Greater Baltimore Jewish community and is eager to further craft his skills.
“When I wrote the cover story on the 150-year anniversary of Sinai Hospital, it was very interesting to learn and hear about its importance to the city,” Nozick said. “I thought it was one of the best stories I have done in my time here, and I really hope to keep readers informed with those sorts of stories.”
Mathew Klickstein, 35, has been working for the Jewish Times for a month and a half now. However, he has been a writer his entire life, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with after completing his first, 350-page science fiction novel at the age of 13.
“I wrote a lot of stories and eventually one burgeoned into a full novel. I realized pretty quickly that writing was a special activity for me: I clearly was very good at it, and more importantly, I enjoyed it,” he said. “Some people watch television or play video games, but I was just much more interested in writing.”
Thinking back on his childhood, shared with friends who are now doing similar work, Klickstein reflected, “My friends and I were always inventing these immersive, elaborate stories. It was just what we did to have fun; we didn’t realize that we were creating a career for ourselves.”
After receiving his B.F.A. in screenwriting from the University of Southern California’s cinema and television program, Klickstein started his career writing for National Lampoon’s television network.
He has taken part in some eclectic projects, “Against the Dark,” the only horror film Steven Seagal has starred in, when he was 23, and working as a cast producer on “Restaurant: Impossible.”
Separate from his regular jobs, Klickstein has always done a lot of writing on the side. He has traveled and lived in a number of places around the country and has edited and written for even more numerous print and digital publications, including Wired and New York Daily News.
Klickstein is Jewish but grew up secular, always feeling more connected to Judaism through history and heritage than by any religious connection. One of the reasons he was compelled to work for the Jewish Times was to learn more about the religious components and aspects that he is not familiar with.
“I’ve never been as immersed in Judaism as I knew I would be being in the Baltimore Jewish community, working for the oldest Jewish publication in the country,” he said. “It is anthropological in a way, I get to be a detective and really learn about something new that I didn’t know about before, and in this case, it happens to be something that I am personally connected to.”