The Forward is seeking an experienced digital journalist to join its news team.
The successful applicant will be an omnivorous newshound with deep knowledge of — or at least passionate interest in — the Jewish world. We need someone who moves fast, juggles well, synthesizes clearly, pivots easily, writes cleanly, loves engaging directly with readers and possesses excellent news judgment, broad empathy, and contextual understanding. We seek a reporter steeped in internet tools and culture, a writer with a strong, conversational and explanatory voice. We are committed to having a diverse staff, and value connections across our communities.
This journalist should be as comfortable writing newsletters or social-media posts as traditional newspaper or magazine articles — and equally excited about these various forms and platforms. We are a small team with limited resources, so we value 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.
Among the core topics the news team covers are U.S. politics through a Jewish lens, Israel, and the organized/professional Jewish world, so demonstrated experience on those or related beats is helpful. We are open, however, to being dazzled by a candidate with a different background or approach, especially as we are working to reinvent our products and broaden our audience.
Founded in 1897, the Forward is the leading voice in American Jewish journalism and a platform for civil discourse on issues that divide us. We are an independent, reader-supported nonprofit 501(c)(3) that sees journalism as a public service and pillar of our democracy. While we began as a socialist Yiddish newspaper, our only ideology now is that of inquiry, and we aim to serve the full Jewish community.
Digital-only since May of 2019, the Forward is in the midst of a transformation to better serve the next generation of readers, and is seeking for its news team a flexible journalist committed to ongoing innovation. Applicants should have at least five years of experience working in journalism, or a compelling alternate path; our pre-pandemic newsroom was in Manhattan, and the job is based there.
Send resume, a one-page pitch for the job, and five clips to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Digital Journalist.
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.
The Forward, founded in 1897 as a daily Yiddish newspaper, is the nation’s leading Jewish journalism outlet, now publishing in English and Yiddish at forward.com. It is run by the Forward Association, a 501(c)3 and equal-opportunity employer.
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 email@example.com . Subject line: internship.
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 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, please send detailed proposals including a list of sources to be interviewed, length range, proposed fee and deadline to the senior news editor, Helen Chernikoff, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.