In addition to studying law and Catholic theology, Jorda began working as a freelancer for NÖN in his hometown of Baden at the age of 18. After two years as a religion teacher at the Baden Commercial Academy, Jorda moved to NÖN as a salaried editor in 1986. He headed the local editorial office in Baden for five years before moving to the NÖN headquarters in St. Pölten as head of art and media in 1991. In 1998 he was appointed head of the service, in 2005 he was promoted to deputy editor-in-chief, and in 2011 Thomas Jorda was given the professional title of “Professor”.
“We have not only lost a great journalist and a NÖN veteran, but also a great and amiable person who will always have a place in all of our hearts,” said NÖN editors-in-chief Daniel Lohninger and Walter Fahrnberger, shaken: ” Many valued him, some feared him, he was clever, he was funny, he was a great person and a great journalist. “
Fahrnberger and Lohninger honor Thomas Jorda as “a journalist who has shaped Lower Austria in the past decades like no other” and who played a major role in the fact that NÖN is now the leading print and online medium in Lower Austria. Jorda was not only THE country’s cultural journalist, but also played a key role in the successful development of NÖN for many years as deputy editor-in-chief – most recently in the relaunch that took place in 2018.
With his incomparable feeling for language, his enormous specialist knowledge and his lifelong attempt to defend himself against copying, he had shaped entire generations of journalists – and most recently, as head of the NÖN Academy, he made particular efforts to ensure that the journalistic core values also future editors To give editors of the NÖN on the way.
“Man with a strong character and a clear opinion”
“With Thomas Jorda, Lower Austria is losing a cultural journalist who is recognized far beyond the borders of our state,” says Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner, who is also concerned. “He was a man with a strong character and clear opinion, a journalist with rough edges, who particularly distinguished himself through his creativity, his understanding of culture and his keen mind. Thomas Jorda researched, commented and analyzed with a lot of competence and sensitivity. “
For St. Pölten’s diocesan bishop Alois Schwarz, Thomas Jorda was “one of the rocks of the NÖN”, whose great contribution to profiling, quality awareness and carefully thought through journalism will continue: “In firm belief in the resurrection, my sympathy and solidarity extend to his relatives and the whole NÖN family, who have to say goodbye to such an important companion. “
In addition to his journalistic work, Prof. Thomas Jorda was also the author of a number of books, including “Let me play the lion too” (2007), “Young talents. Large Orchestra ”(2008) and the volumes“ Living in Summer ”(2008),“ Along the Border ”(2009) and“ Italian Traces ”(2011), edited together with Theresia Hauenfels. Thomas Jorda also wrote the libretti for the children’s opera “Die Schöne Wassilissa” (2009) and for the fairy tale musical “Cinderella” (2013).
The sympathy of the NÖN editorial team in these difficult hours goes especially to Thomas Jorda’s wife Beate, his children and his grandchild.