The Forward is seeking a self-starter able to generate enterprise stories, quickly respond to breaking news and write with style and passion to fill the position of staff reporter. This position requires someone who is interested in covering the American Jewish community and, in the broadest sense, the issues that concern it. General categories include religion, U.S.-Israel relations and the role of Jews in American politics and society, and topics range from labor to marijuana legalization, from personality profiles to clerical sex abuse. A desire to have impact locally, nationally and internationally is a must.
This position requires someone with a strong news sense and investigative skills, including the ability to dig for publicly available information using Guidestar, LexisNexis, FOIA and FOIL. The job may also involve travel nationally and internationally to cover the Jewish story. With both a weekly print edition and a website that posts new stories many times a day, we need someone who can write quickly, clearly and engagingly. The pace is brisk.
To an extent rarely found in today’s media, the Forward, a legendary not-for-profit with roots more than a century old, does serious and deep journalism that is meant to serve and advance the public interest. The successful applicant will bring a similar commitment to his or her work here. Our staff reporters have wide latitude to develop their own story ideas in close collaboration with editors devoted to nurturing their talents. Patience, persistence and empathy are required, as well as attention to detail.
Applicant must have 3 to 5 years relevant journalism experience.
- Knowledge of the Jewish world is a plus.
- Proficiency in Hebrew or Yiddish is a plus.
This is a full-time position based in the Forward’s Manhattan office.
Please send resume, cover letter and clips to Dan Friedman, managing editor, at email@example.com.
The Forward seeks an aspiring journalist for a paid internship on its digital team. The internship would run for at least 10 weeks. A minimum of 15 hours per week is desired, although work hours are flexible.
The ideal candidate will create content and write stories for the Forward.com website, across a broad range of topics from news and opinion to arts and features. He/she would help a growing team of five editors run the Forward’s vibrant and fast-growing web site. He/she will also play a key role managing our presence on a number of social media and other platforms.
- Proven experience in journalism.
- Outstanding oral and written communication, collaboration and team leadership skills.
- Some experience with content management systems and other web-based publishing tools.
- Experience in social media management.
- Superior writing and editing skills — and great nose for news.
- Knowledge of the Jewish world is a plus.
- Working knowledge of either Hebrew or Yiddish would be a plus.
Forward interns are paid $10 an hour or may receive academic credit.
About The Forward * The Forward is American Jewry’s essential, independent news organization, delivering incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews with rigorous, unbiased reporting and balanced, thoughtful commentary on news, politics, arts and culture that are acclaimed in the news industry. The Forward produces enlightening and entertaining multimedia content in English and Yiddish through a variety of newspapers, websites, blogs, videos, podcasts, e-books and apps.
Founded in 1897, the Forward has the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup. It occupies a unique position of independence as a nonprofit news organization, beholden to no institution, denomination or political faction.
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About the Forward
The Forward delivers incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews. Its rigorous reporting and balanced commentary on politics, arts and culture have won numerous awards year after year, including repeated recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Founded in 1897 as a Yiddish-language daily, the Forward soon became the most widely read Jewish newspaper anywhere, with a larger circulation in the 1920s than the New York Times. It chronicled the events that affected a population of immigrants eager to take their place in American life, and published regional editions around the country before any other newspaper.
The English Forward was launched as a weekly in 1990. Its perspective on world and national news, and its unparalleled coverage of Jewish arts and culture, have made it the most influential nationwide Jewish media outlet today. More than half a million readers visit forward.com each month for award-winning news, thoughtful commentary, and captivating videos. And more than 40,000 subscribers receive e-newsletters that highlight the latest stories and areas of special interest like Arts & Entertainment and Food & Drink.
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