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Opinion Editor

Development Assistant

Multimedia Intern

Arts & Culture Intern

About the Forward





Opinion Editor

We are looking for a smart editor with experience in the world of ideas and online opinion to take a leadership position in a small, but legendary, Jewish media outlet.

The Forward’s opinion editor oversees the opinion section of the newspaper and website — the premier forum for conversations about issues in the Jewish world.

From Israeli politics to denominational fights and spiritual explorations, the opinion content should be dynamic and full of tension and voice. The editor’s responsibility is to seek out diverse writers, handle submissions, and edit pieces so that they are compelling and relevant for the Forward’s readers, as well as sourcing shareable and gripping art and illustrations.

This position is for a journalist attuned to the value of the Forward’s historic and respected brand, who cares passionately about ideas and who is always looking for original ways to engage readers on the issues that matter most to those interested in the contemporary Jewish story.

Responsibilities

In addition to soliciting opeds from new contributors, the editor manages the Forward’s weekly columnists, oversees the roster of monthly columnists and helps shape the editorials written by the Forward’s editorial board and editor-in-chief.

The opinion editor is also in charge of creating and managing reader engagement projects that use the interactivity of the Internet to present ideas and promote conversation — such as The Seesaw, an advice column for interfaith families and a new video project aimed at breaking down the lack of understanding between American Jews and Israelis. The editor must think beyond traditional opeds to more innovative ways of presenting fresh, compelling ideas, from initiating online debates to Q&As and illuminating infographics.

Beyond the responsibilities for the opinion sections, the opinion editor is part of the Forward’s leadership team, involved in decisions about content, managing writers, and editing work for other sections, working to increase the reach and influence of the Forward. The editor is also invited to write for the opinion pages and other sections.

Qualifications
At least a Bachelors Degree
3-5 years experience in journalism or similar field
Outstanding writing and editing skills
Experience in team management
Knowledge of the Jewish community a plus

Details
New York City
Full Time
Competitive salary, health benefits

Send resume and cover letter to:
Dan Friedman, managing editor: dfriedman@forward.com,
subject line: 1564 Opinion Editor



Development Assistant

The Forward, a legendary name in American journalism and a non-profit, independent, high-profile media organization committed to covering the issues important to the American Jewish community, is seeking a full-time Development Assistant at its downtown Manhattan office to support the Development team in its fundraising efforts.

The Development Assistant will work under the supervision of the Development Manager and will be responsible for processing and acknowledging all donations, and maintaining internal records of donations. He/she will also be responsible for generating mailing lists and labels, coordinating the mailing of donor premiums, and other donor correspondence.

In addition, the Development Assistant will be responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the donor database. He/she will be responsible for creating new records, updating constituent information, and monitoring duplicate records.

Other duties may include:

  • Preparing materials and lists for donor mailings and events
  • Assisting with Prospect Research and creating donor profiles
  • Preparing basic reports in Raiser’s Edge
  • Assisting at Development events
  • Administrative support as needed

Qualifications

Data entry experience and familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other donor or membership databases is required. Familiarity with MS Office programs, such as Word and Excel is required. Applicants should be accurate, well-organized, self-directed and reliable. Applicants should also be capable of multitasking and possess superior attention to detail and time-management skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, Internet research skills. A four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.

Hours: 40 hours per week

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to greenberg@forward.com .



Multimedia Intern

The Forward is seeking a talented emerging journalist to serve as a multimedia intern on our digital team. The internship is geared towards students and recent graduates who are self-starters and show initiative in spotting new stories and telling them visually. The intern must be able to synthesize information quickly and accurately. A demonstrated ability to accomplish challenging projects under tight time constraints is key.

The internship may be for pay or for college credit.

Knowledge of contemporary Jewish issues and affairs is a plus but not necessary.

The ideal candidate will have solid video shooting and editing skills. The reporter should be able to spot new stories of Jewish interest not covered in the mainstream media, or find a Jewish angle to those that have been already covered. The intern will receive mentoring by experienced editors and will take part in the same professional opportunities afforded the staff.

Main responsibilities

  • Pitch video stories and blog posts
  • Assist on shoots
  • Assist with video editing
  • Film and edit stories independently (toward the end of the internship)
  • Take still images
  • Write blog posts
  • Increase the Forward’s exposure via social media

The intern should commit to working at least three days a week in the newsroom for a minimum of 10 weeks.

The start date for this internship is flexible. Interested candidates, please send cover letter, resumé and portfolio to Martyna Starosta: starosta@forward.com.

Make sure to check out some of our recent video stories: https://vimeo.com/forward/videos

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



The Arts & Culture Internship

The Forward is seeking a talented, enthusiastic, motivated writer to serve as an intern on our Arts & Culture team. The internship is geared towards students and recent graduates who are self-starters and show initiative in spotting and pursuing stories, have good critical-thinking skills, can synthesize information quickly and accurately, and don’t mind working long hours as part of a team to produce excellent stories. The internship may be for pay or for college credit.

Knowledge of contemporary Jewish issues and affairs and the Jewish arts scene is a plus. The ideal candidate will have had at least one journalism internship. He or she will have good writing and reporting skills and a background in arts and features reporting as well as writing. The internship will consist of a combination of assisting the arts and culture team with administration and research as well as developing stories on your own. The reporter should be able to spot stories of Jewish interest not covered in the mainstream media, or look for uncovered angles in those that do make the MSM. He or she will receive mentoring by experienced editors and will take part in the same professional opportunities afforded the staff.

The Arts & Culture intern will:

  • Write regularly for arts and features sections.
  • Attend art openings, film screenings, concerts, and so forth
  • Master the Forward’s content management system.
  • Contribute to special sections.
  • Post blogs and stories on the Web.
  • Help with proofing of the paper.
  • Write blog posts for The Arty Semite
  • Assist with web production on the blog and arts section
  • Assist with photo research
  • Assist with finding ways to make stories pop online with multimedia

The arts and culture intern will be encouraged to pitch stories for the paper and the blogs. He or she will also be encouraged to blog daily and must commit to working at least three days a week in the newsroom for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Interested candidates, please send a resumé and links or pdf’s for 3 clips to Anna Goldenberg: goldenberg@forward.com.

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



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.

The Forward has always been a nonprofit association and is supported by the contributions of its readers.