The Forward seeks an aspiring journalist for a paid internship on its news team. The internship would run for at least 10 weeks. 19 hours per week is desired, although work hours are flexible.
The ideal candidate will be a strong, fast writer with broad knowledge of Judaism, Jewish culture, politics and history. This person’s main job will be the identification of subjects for and the production of “evergreen content” — medium-length articles (400-800 words) that do justice to those timeless, perpetually interesting aspects of the Jewish experience that might get short shrift in a news article. Here’s an example of an article that we wrote to explain “what is a mikveh.”
- Proven experience in journalism.
- Outstanding oral and written communication, collaboration and teamwork skills.
- Some experience with content management systems and other web-based publishing tools.
- A nose for what makes a great story, whether it’s derived from current events or history, and the skill to craft it.
- Knowledge of Judaism, Jewish culture, Jewish politics and Jewish history is essential.
- Working knowledge of either Hebrew or Yiddish would be a plus.
Forward interns are paid $15 an hour or may receive academic credit.
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.
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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.
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