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Culture includes features about and reviews of literature, film, theater, visual art, music and dance. In addition, the section also regularly includes broader “ideas” pieces (on, for example, how the development of the information superhighway affected American spiritual life, or why there’s no such thing as Jewish guilt), as well as occasional works of fiction and poetry.
The News section is looking for unexpected stories about the Jewish world. The section includes breaking news, if it has not been covered elsewhere, but most of our freelance submissions look at unusual circumstances, people and/or trends. The most successful pitches describe something happening in a specific place (a new form of worship in Oregon or a legal battle over a synagogue in Romania). The section generally does not include broad profiles of communities or people.
The Opinion section is a forum for commentary on issues of importance to American Jewry. We’re open to all opinions, so long as they’re well-written and well-argued. Analytical pieces are our usual fare, but personal stories are also welcome, so long as they convey a broader message. Written submissions should be 750 to 1,000 words in length, preferably sent as a Microsoft Word file. We try to respond to every submission, but if you haven’t heard from us within two weeks of pitching, you can assume we’ve decided to pass.
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