Employment




The Forward Summer Fellowship

Development Intern (Paid, Flexible Hours)

Multimedia Intern

Arts & Culture Intern

About the Forward


The Forward Summer Fellowship

Our three main sections are: 1. News, 2. Web / Multimedia, and 3. Culture, but if there are motivated journalists interested in working in Opinion that is also an option.

For June – September 2015
Application Deadline April 3

Forward Fellowships

The Forward is offering a paid fellowship this summer that will offer journalism students a chance to hone their reporting, writing, multimedia 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.

Fellows will work for editors in charge of the [culture][news][web] team with responsibility for work at Forward.com as well as on our weekly print edition. Previous fellows and interns have gone on to work for New York University, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Simon & Schuster, The Real Deal, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and more.

Knowledge of contemporary Jewish issues and affairs is not necessary but can be a plus. The ideal candidate will have had at least one journalism fellowship 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.

The fellowship will consist of a combination of assisting the [culture][news][web] 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 Fellows will:

  • Write regularly for [culture][news][web] sections.
  • Report on national and local events / Attend art openings, film screenings, concerts /And so forth
  • Master the Forward's content management system.
  • Contribute articles 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.
  • Write [culture][news][opinion] blog posts
  • 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
  • Be encouraged to pitch stories.
  • Receive weekly feedback from editors who will serve as mentors throughout the summer

The Fellowship:
Lasts 10 weeks and pays $3200
Each week is 32 hours (usually 4 full days)
The program begins June 1 and will run through September 4. Though dates within that range are flexible, fellows must commit to a 10-week program.

Interested candidates, please send a cover note with resumé and links or pdf's for 3 clips to Dan Friedman dfriedman@forward.com

More Details Below

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.

Culture: 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.

Web: 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 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 video and audio editing experience is preferred, we can teach editing programs such as Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Logic, to the right candidate.



Development Intern (Paid, Flexible Hours)

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Prospect research
  • Maintaining constituent records
  • Gift processing and acknowledgement
  • Preparing queries and reports
  • Assisting at development events

Qualifications

To succeed in this position, you must be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, capable of multitasking and scrupulously accurate data entry. You must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English, sharp Internet research skills and comfort using Microsoft Word and Excel. Familiarity with Raiser's Edge or other donor databases is also desirable.

If you're interested in public/nonprofit journalism and Jewish philanthropy, that couldn't hurt.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to development@forward.com.

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



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.


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