Forward Summer Fellows

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Forward Summer Fellows

The Forward, a national Jewish news organization, is offering 3 paid fellowships this summer that will offer journalism students a chance to hone their reporting, writing and research skills by working alongside seasoned reporters and editors. Fellows will publish stories in our print and online editions and learn firsthand how to produce a vital daily website and a 30,000-circulation print weekly.

The Forward is a legendary name in American journalism and a revered institution in American Jewish life. We are committed to independent reporting on contemporary news, politics, arts and culture in the Jewish world.

We are seeking 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 fellows are paid $10 an hour, for a 32 hour week, for 10 weeks.

Knowledge of contemporary Jewish issues and affairs, health and education are not necessary but they are a plus. The ideal candidate will have had at least one journalism internship or significant student journalism experience. He or she will receive mentoring by an experienced editor and will take part in the same professional opportunities afforded the staff. The goal of the program is to provide young journalists with an opportunity to learn more about reporting, writing and multimedia via a hands-on experience and with close supervision by seasoned editors.

During the 10-week program, the fellows will:

  • Write regularly for the news, arts or features sections.
  • Make videos to accompany stories, or as stand-alone features.
  • Create photo images to accompany stories and for social media.
  • Contribute to special sections on education and the science of Jewish genetic diseases.
  • Post blogs and stories on the Web.
  • Help with proofing of the paper.

The fellows will be encouraged to pitch stories for the paper and the blogs. They will also be encouraged to blog daily. They must commit to working at least three days a week in the newsroom and will receive weekly feedback from editors who will serve as mentors throughout the summer. The program begins June 2 and will run through September 1. Though dates within that range are flexible, fellows must commit to a 10-week program.

The fellowships are:

News: The ideal candidate has good writing and reporting skills and also has familiarity with computer-assisted investigative reporting. Experience compiling and manipulating databases on programs such as Excel is a plus. The fellowship will be a combination of assisting other reporters with research as well as developing stories alone. 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.

Arts and Features: The ideal candidate has good writing and reporting skills and has a background in arts and features reporting as well as writing. The fellowship will be 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.

Online: The fellow will write and edit online features and blog posts, conduct Q & As, and produce audio and video segments. He or she also will help manage and produce photo images for social media, moderate comments and learn how to use our content management system. Ideal candidates will have strong news judgment and some experience writing for the Web. The intern will have access to our recording studio and state of the art equipment. While photo, video and audio editing experience is preferred, we can teach editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Logic, to the right candidate.

To apply, submit cover letter with clips and resume to Dan Friedman, managing editor, at dfriedman@forward.com by April 11.


The Forward is widely regarded as 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.

Our journalistic excellence is recognized by colleagues in and outside the Jewish community: This year alone, The Forward won an unprecedented 13 Simon Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association, plus two first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and two first place awards from the Community Press Alliance.

We were founded in 1897, but have the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup. Our Webby Award-winning website, Forward.com, has new, original content every weekday, and our daily and weekly e-newsletters – The Forward Today, Forward Thinking, The Sisterhood, Food & Drink, Arts & Entertainment, the Yiddish Daily Forward and Oyneg Shabbos. We produce enlightening and entertaining multimedia content including blogs, videos and more on a wide (and growing) variety of topics, engaging Jews across a broad spectrum of affiliation and observance. The Forward occupies a unique position of independence as a nonprofit news organization, beholden to no institution, denomination or political faction.

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