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Jewish Lifestyles Editor

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Arts and Culture Intern

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Lifestyles Editor

Job description:

The Forward is seeking an experienced and stylish editor to create and manage a new vertical focusing on Jewish life and lifestyles. This go-getting editor will curate, assign and write exciting, engaging features and content about Jewish family life, relationships, travel, food, holidays, popular culture, celebrities and more — all intended to tell compelling stories and broaden the Forward’s audience. This content will range from breaking news to longer features to evergreen guides and annual projects.

He or she will work with the Forward’s content management system to post stories to the internet, and work with the editorial staff and tech team to develop popular new products.

The Jewish Life editor will be part of a dynamic team of newsroom leaders who are responsible for the transformation of a 120-year-old legendary journalistic institution into an award-winning and nationally recognized digital publication.

This editor will have:

  • A voracious appetite for lifestyle news and trends of interest to American Jews;
  • Demonstrated digital savvy and intimate familiarity with the media publishing landscape (both Jewish and general media), including a sharp sense of what performs well online;
  • Impeccable writing and editing skills;
  • Experience in creating guides and other digital products that attract “long tail” readers;
  • Interest in turning our legacy projects — including the Forward 50, America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis, and the salary survey — into digital brands;
  • Desire to publish a balanced set of perspectives, including perspectives that differ widely from one’s own;
  • Sharp headline writing skills tailored to our constantly shifting digital environment;
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience;
  • Ability to multi-task, stay organized, and prioritize various projects with different deadlines;
  • Ability to recruit and manage interns and oversee blog editors;
  • Ability to evaluate all content using quantitative and qualitative metrics;
  • A collegial attitude and desire to work with other members of our close-knit senior team, including other section editors as well as illustration and design staff;
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics, multiple CMSes with web design a plus

This full-time position is located in our New York City office.

Compensation

Remuneration will be dependent on experience.

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.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter and samples of relevant work to eisner@forward.com with the subject line “Jewish Life Editor”

The Forward Association, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer.



Opinion Editor

Job description:

The opinion editor is responsible for presenting a wide range of curated and edited opinion from regular columnists and occasional contributors, representing diverse perspectives from across the Jewish community. The person in this key editorial position will write, commission, edit, and publish op-eds and analysis both online and in our print edition. This involves publishing multiple pieces online every day, sourcing images, fact-checking, and writing headlines and all other display copy. In addition to publishing a wealth of timely items pegged to the news each day, the opinion editor will conceive of and execute bigger projects. She/he will continually grow the Forward’s stable of opinion writers and explore new ways of engaging readers on the critical issues facing our community.

The ideal candidate will have:
• A voracious appetite for news and ability to react to it quickly by writing or commissioning opinion and analysis;
• Demonstrated digital savvy and intimate familiarity with the media publishing landscape (both Jewish and general media), including a sharp sense of what sorts of pieces will perform well online;
• Impeccable editing skills, including the ability to redirect a writer’s pitch to optimize its relevance for our audience, and the ability to do substantive edits on completed submissions;
• Knowledge of Jewish affairs and issues, in America, Israel, and across the globe
• A strong network of writers with diverse perspectives, spanning all political orientations, varieties of religious observance or non-observance, geographical location, and so on;
• Desire to publish a balanced diet of perspectives, including perspectives that differ widely from one’s own, and the ability to critically assess all arguments;
• Sharp headline writing skills tailored to our constantly shifting digital environment;
• Ability to multi-task, stay organized, and prioritize various projects with different deadlines;
• Ability to recruit and manage interns, oversee the editor-at-large, and edit the editor-in-chief’s editorials and personal essays;
• Ability to evaluate all columns and editorials using quantitative and qualitative metrics;
• Collegial attitude and desire to work with other members of our close-knit senior team, including other section editors and illustration and design staff;
• Experience with newsletter creation (e.g. Sailthru), traffic reporting (e.g. Google Analytics), photo selection (e.g. Getty Images), and one or more CMS (e.g. WordPress) is a plus
• Desire to publish a balanced diet of perspectives, including perspectives that differ widely from one’s own, and the ability to critically assess all arguments;
• Sharp headline writing skills tailored to our constantly shifting digital environment;
• Ability to multi-task, stay organized, and prioritize various projects with different deadlines;
• Ability to recruit and manage interns, oversee the editor-at-large, and edit the editor-in-chief’s editorials and personal essays;
• Ability to evaluate all columns and editorials using quantitative and qualitative metrics;
• Collegial attitude and desire to work with other members of our close-knit senior team, including other section editors and illustration and design staff;
• Experience with newsletter creation (e.g. Sailthru), traffic reporting (e.g. Google Analytics), photo selection (e.g. Getty Images), and one or more CMS (e.g. WordPress) is a plus

This full-time position is located in our New York City office.

Compensation

Remuneration will be dependent on experience.

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.

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter work to eisner@forward.com with the subject line “2017 Opinion Editor”



Arts and Culture Intern

Job description:

The Forward seeks an aspiring journalist to join its culture desk for a paid internship. The culture intern will work 25 hours a week at $11 an hour and must commit to a 10-week program at a minimum. The internship may be renewable, subject to management approval.

The intern will
- Pitch, write and report stories on cultural events and trends for the Forward’s blogs, website and print edition.
- Work with the Forward’s content management system to post blogs and stories to the internet
- Assist the culture editor with photo research, fact-checking and administration.
- Help with proofing of the monthly print magazine. Contribute to Forward special sections like the Forward 50.
- Have the opportunity to contribute to the Forward’s news and opinion desks.

The ideal candidate will hold a college degree and be a perceptive, motivated writer with a strong voice who is eager to gain experience writing a variety of pieces, from brief blog posts to profiles and features. S/he will also be a quick writer with well-honed research skills, ready to turn pieces around on quick deadlines. Experience with image manipulation and working in content management systems is a plus, but not required.

The intern will cultivate reporting, writing, editing and research skills by working alongside seasoned reporters and editors. S/he will be closely supervised and mentored by the culture editor, and will take part in the same professional opportunities afforded the staff. Previous fellows and interns have gone on to work for The New York Times, The New Yorker and elsewhere.

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.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resumé and 3 clips to Talya Zax at zax@forward.com .

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted within two weeks of submitting your application; otherwise, you may assume that The Forward cannot offer you an internship at this time. No phone calls or follow-up emails, please.



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. Millions of readers visit forward.com each month for award-winning news, thoughtful commentary, and captivating videos. And close to 100,000 Facebook friends and subscribers receive e-newsletters that highlight the latest stories in news and culture, food and feminism, as well as the best in Jewish opinion.

The Forward has always been a not-for-profit association and is supported by the contributions of its readers.