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The Forward is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, race, national origin, disability, disability status, gender, pregnancy status or lactation accommodations, gender identity, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, marital, partnership or familial status, religion, creed, prior arrest or conviction record according to applicable law, veteran or military status, or genetic characteristics.

The Forward has a commitment to diversity both in the workplace and in its reporting and is looking for employees and perspectives from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
Internship Opportunity: Opinion
Reporting Fellow on Jews and Race
Editorial Fellow
Internship Opportunity: Digital Reporting and Writing
Freelance pitches
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Internship Opportunity: Opinion

The Forward is seeking an intern passionate about opinion journalism — and the Jewish world — for a paid position. The intern will work up to 29 hours a week for $15 an hour. The initial term is 10 weeks, but the internship may be extended for up to a year. We accept rolling applications for this position, but are currently seeking a candidate to start in early to mid-July.

This is a fast-paced job in which interns will fact-check, edit, and load copy into our publishing system on a broad range of subjects across diverse Jewish communities. We need people who know how to navigate the Internet and social media; have great story instincts and editorial judgment; are digitally native and audience focused; and move quickly and edit clearly, with a solid grasp of AP style and grammar rules.

The intern will:
• Fact-check, copy edit and occasionally solicit Opinion and Scribe stories
• Review submissions to the Opinion and Scribe sections
• Prepare stories in the CMS for online publication
• Quickly source appropriate photos or other art
• Craft headlines, social copy, and other reader-facing story elements
• Scour the Jewish internet for news, conversation, opportunities and ideas
• Support colleagues writing and editing stories
• If interested, occasionally write or create multimedia journalism for the Forward
• Work with the Opinion Editor to develop cross-platform and multimedia content including Clubhouse, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook Live and YouTube

The ideal candidate will be an organized and quick learner who can juggle several story edits in a day; is eager to learn best practices of opinion journalism; plays well with others; and brings either a deep knowledge and sophisticated understanding of the Jewish world or intense curiosity and passion to develop that knowledge and understanding.

The goals are to file consistently clean copy; to be creative and flexible about format, medium and approach; to channel the Forward’s brand while developing individual voice, and to use audience tools to maximize the impact of each piece.

Successful interns frequently graduate into year-long fellowships and staff positions; we seek people who are pro-active, committed equally to our mission and to their own development.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, 2-3 clips, and contact information for at least two references to jobs@forward.comwith a cc to adkins@forward.com Subject line: Opinion Internship.

The Forward, founded in 1897 as a daily Yiddish broadsheet, is the nation’s leading Jewish journalism outlet, now publishing in English and Yiddish at forward.com. It is an independent, reader-supported nonprofit, run by the Forward Association, and committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in coverage, staffing and culture.

The Forward is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information or any other status protected by law.



Reporting Fellow on Jews and Race

The Forward is seeking a reporter to explore issues of race, ethnicity and American Jewry. That means looking at issues of race inside the Jewish community, how Jewish organizations are grappling with diversity, equity and inclusion, and the broader way identity questions affect Jews and Jewish organizations across the country.

This one-year fellowship will be based in Chicago, a perfect jumping-off point for stories that examine Black-Jewish relations, Latino-Jewish relations, Jews of Color, economic inequality, criminal justice, systemic racism and immigration.

Why Chicago? The city has been both a flashpoint of racial tension and a center of creative solutions to racial division. Our new Forward reporting fellow will dive into this history as a way to report with authority and context on the city’s current social movements, groups and leaders, policy solutions and the effects of race and discrimination now and over time.

The ideal candidate will be able to find, develop and write original enterprise stories highlighting aspects of the Jewish world that usually go undercovered and report any breaking stories that revolve around issues of Jews and race. Jewish affiliation is not required, but interest in the Jewish world is essential.

Established as a Yiddish, Socialist daily in 1897, the Forward taught generations of Jewish immigrants what it means to be American. Fully digital since the spring of 2019, it remains the nation’s leading Jewish journalism outlet, with more than 1.5 million readers each month.

We are a platform for fearless journalism and for civil discourse in a divided community, with a proud tradition as a springboard for generations of successful journalists. As a small nonprofit newsroom with limited resources, we seek journalists with entrepreneurial instincts, and the combination of creativity and wherewithal to use third-party tools to vary storytelling formats. Data-visualization and multimedia skills are a plus; collegiality and a track record of collaboration a must.

The Forward is an independent, reader-supported nonprofit committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our coverage, staffing and culture. This is a full-time, one-year temporary position represented by the News Guild with a salary of $37,704 and generous benefits; it reports to the Los Angeles-based national editor, Rob Eshman.

Send resume, a one-page pitch for the job, and five clips to jobs@forward.com. Subject line: Reporting fellow on Jews and race.



Editorial Fellow

The Forward is seeking a responsible and resourceful journalist to work side-by-side with its Editor-in-Chief on strategy, operations and new initiatives. This year-long fellowship is a great entry-level opportunity for an omnivorous learner and dextrous doer. It is a full-time position, represented by the News Guild, with a salary of $37,304 and generous benefits.

This is not a reporting and writing job, though there may be occasional opportunities in those realms. It is, instead, a front-row seat to the challenges of digital nonprofit journalism, a chance to participate in real time in the revamping of a venerable legacy institution into an innovative, modern, essential outlet for news and conversation.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about digital media and also about the Jewish world. Nimbleness and ability to juggle multiple assignments is a must, as is skepticism, humility and humor. The fellow should be someone who thinks and moves quickly, researches widely, writes cleanly, communicates professionally, works collaboratively and has a strong sense of mission. Social-media savvy is a must; fluency with audience/analytics tools a plus; eagerness to learn new skills and try new things both crucial.

Responsibilities include:
-Supporting the editor’s weekly column/newsletter with research and production
-Helping the editor / team prepare for, program, plan and promote events
-Preparing material for internal and external presentations
-Doing competitive landscape research for new initiatives
-Curating content from other sources for roundups/publication
-Digging into audience data to understand trends and find opportunities
-Communicating with readers and others on behalf of editor and team
-Assisting in recruiting employees and freelance contributors across our diverse communities
-Developing partnership programs to engage members of Jewish organizations

The Forward, founded in 1897 as a daily Yiddish broadsheet, is the nation’s leading Jewish journalism outlet, now publishing in English and Yiddish at forward.com. It is an independent, reader-supported nonprofit, run by the Forward Association, and committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in coverage, staffing and culture.

To apply, please send resume, five clips, a cover letter explaining why you want the gig and contact information for two references to jobs@forward.com. Subject line: Editorial Assistant.

The Forward is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information or any other status protected by law.



Internship Opportunity: Digital Reporting and Writing

The Forward is seeking one or more beginning journalists passionate about digital and audience — and the Jewish world — for paid internships reporting and writing news items. The interns will work up to 29 hours a week for $15 an hour. The initial term is 10 weeks but the internship may be extended for up to a year. We accept rolling applications for this position, but are currently seeking a candidate to start immediately.

This is a fast-paced, reader-facing job in which interns will report, write and publish frequently on a broad range of subjects. We need people with experience at campus or other publications who know how to navigate the Internet and social media; have great story instincts and editorial judgment; move quickly and write clearly, with solid grasp of style and grammar rules; can juggle (projects, not projectiles); and work well in groups.

The intern will:
- Report, aggregate and write several items per day, including breaking news on politics, culture and more
- Scour the Jewish internet for news, conversation, opportunities and ideas
- Support colleagues reporting and writing stories
- Quickly source appropriate photos or other art
- Use social-media and other platforms to develop a robust readership for items
- Use audience tools and analyze traffic patterns to help optimize story selection and framing to meet reader needs

The ideal candidates will be equally interested in news from Israel and Hollywood; about the 2020 election or anti-Semitism. They will have a keen eye for what makes a story resonate for Jewish readers and know how to apply a sophisticated — or sometimes sassy — Jewish lens to the world. The interns should have sufficient Jewish background to be able to give stories proper context, but curiosity and commitment can go a long way to fill any gaps. They must work well under pressure and in collaboration with colleagues, and be eager to grow and be responsive to editors’ feedback. The goals are to file consistently clean copy; to be creative and flexible about format, medium and approach; to channel the Forward’s brand while developing individual voice; and to use audience tools like SEO to maximize impact of each piece.

Successful interns frequently graduate into yearlong fellowships and staff positions; we seek people who are pro-active, committed equally to our mission and to their own development.

To apply, please send a resume, five clips, a one-pager explaining why you want the gig, plus contact information for at least two references to jobs@forward.com. Subject line: Digital reporting and writing internship.



Freelance Pitches

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.

Seeking Freelance Pitches:
We will consider trend stories, series, multimedia and video projects. Feel free to pitch profiles if the subject has agreed to give you excellent access. Do look in the news section of our website to see what we’re interested in, but don’t be limited by that. We’re eager to see proposals from communities of color as well as from Sephardi, Mizrahi, Russian and Bukharin communities.

We are looking for news and news features; not analysis, background, interpretation or explainers. We will consider historical pieces only if the story is brand-new and really compelling.

Compensation:

Compensation will be highly competitive for the right pitch. The Forward is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.

To apply:

To apply, please send detailed proposals including a list of sources to be interviewed, length range, proposed fee and deadline to the senior news editor, Rob Eshman, at eshman@forward.com and Benyamin Cohen at Cohen@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. 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.