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Copy Editor
Contributing Opinion Columnists
Marketing Intern
News Enterprise Reporter
Reporting Fellow on Jews and Race
Internship Opportunity: Digital Reporting and Writing
Freelance pitches
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Copy Editor

Are you fastidious about grammar, steeped in AP-style rules and passionate about making digital journalism clear, consistent and accessible to readers? Able to juggle multiple assignments in a fast-paced news environment? Love working collaboratively with diverse teams? 

You might be the Forward’s new copy editor.

We are seeking an editor with digital experience to work across our 15+-member staff of journalists on news, politics, religion, culture, features and opinion, including website articles, newsletter products and more. The job reports to the Executive Editor and is critical to our brand and credibility as we transform from a legacy print publication to a digital-only, platform-agnostic outlet building community across our diverse Jewish communities. It is a full-time role represented by the News Guild with a salary of $46,000 to $65,000 depending on experience, and generous benefits.

Responsibilities include:
• Proofreading daily articles and longer-term projects for forward.com

• Assisting with production on articles including sourcing photos, writing display copy and programming pages to maximize reader engagement

• Selecting and posting articles from wire services and publishing partners

• Workshopping headlines and otherwise optimizing our report for SEO and social

• Helping train staff and improve workflow systems around style, grammar, etc

• Maintaining a Forward stylebook on Jewish terms


Founded in 1897 as a Yiddish, Socialist broadsheet, the Forward went fully digital in 2019 and in 2021 was described by The New York Times as “America’s most prominent Jewish newspaper.” We are a reader-supported nonprofit committed to independent reporting and to providing a platform for civil discourse on divisive issues; we want every American Jew, across identities, politics and geographies, to see themselves both reflected in our pages and respectfully challenged by them. We reach 1 million to 1.5 million readers a month, a third of them under 35.

The Forward values diversity in background and experience, and is prioritizing equity, inclusion and justice in coverage, staffing and workplace culture. Candidates need not be Jewish. The Forward’s newsroom is in Lower Manhattan, but accommodates remote work; applicants who live outside the New York area are welcome.

To apply, send a resume and one-page pitch letter to jobs@forward.com, subject line: Copy Editor.

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.



Contributing Opinion Columnists

The Forward is looking for new columnists to regularly contribute to our Opinion report, where we bring together diverse voices from every corner of the Jewish world to engage in productive, civil conversation.

The ideal Forward contributing columnists are driven by ideas, not orthodoxies or ideologies, and are passionate about engaging with others. Their work is relevant to the American Jewish present while also bringing fresh ideas and perspectives rooted in their individual expertise.

As a digital outlet, we welcome Opinion pieces in all forms and for all platforms — photo, video, illustration or other multimedia approaches as well as more traditional columns, personal essays and analysis.

Contributing columnists work on a freelance basis, producing 1-2 pieces per month, and give the Forward the right of first refusal on Jewish-related pieces. Columnists may be asked to join Forward events, podcasts or social-media shows on occasion.

To apply, please send an email — with the subject line “COLUMNIST APPLICATION” — to adkins@forward.com with the following:

• a 300-word proposal introducing yourself and describing, in broad strokes, what your column would bring to the Forward and its readers

• 3 examples of your work (written or multimedia, depending on the proposal)

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.



Marketing Intern

The Forward seeks an aspiring marketer for a remote paid internship on the Marketing team. The internship would run for at least 15 weeks. 15-29 hours per week is desired, although work hours are flexible. Forward interns are paid $15 an hour.

Work on the Marketing team will provide the intern with a wide range of marketable skills and experience at an exciting time in our newsroom. This is a great place to work, with a warm, collegial environment, a growing footprint in digital media, and a start-up mentality within a revered brand.

The Forward delivers incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews. Now in its 124th year of operation, the Forward’s rigorous reporting and balanced commentary on politics, arts and culture has won awards year after year.

The Forward is an independent, reader-supported nonprofit committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our 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.

Responsibilities

• Support our digital marketing campaigns via email, social, search and display
• Create and curate compelling content and ads
• Write compelling copy and CTAs for ads
• Report on digital media campaigns
• Design and create visual assets for social media and ads; edit images and graphics (graphic design experience a plus)
• Optimize reader engagement and grow follower base
• Keep abreast of new digital marketing trends/developments
Collecting quantitative and qualitative data for marketing campaigns Assisting with virtual events, including promotion and reporting Supporting the marketing team in daily administrative tasks

Requirements

• One year of marketing experience
• Interest in Jewish life, news, culture and current events a must
• Innovative, strategic, and analytical thinker
• Self-starter with a strong sense of urgency and prioritization skills
• Team player who works well both collaboratively and autonomously
• Organizational and time-management skills
• Keen eye for detail and aesthetic; graphic design skills are a plus, but not required

To apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to kuperman@forward.com, subject line Marketing 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.



News Enterprise Reporter

Are you an experienced journalist with investigative instincts and skills? Someone passionate about issues of identity, polarization, hate speech and digital misinformation? Eager to hold powerful institutions and leaders to account and explore the complexities of today’s American Jewish world?

You might be the Forward’s next News-Enterprise Reporter.

The Forward is seeking someone who can shape and land memorable, high-impact projects but also spin quick scoops and distinctive takes off the day’s happenings.

The successful applicant will be an intrepid, innovative, omnivorous newshound who is comfortable with data and documents as well as with human source-building and narrative storytelling. Someone committed to the traditional mission of independent journalism but ready to develop new habits for expressing it for today’s audiences and platforms.

We are a small team with limited resources, so we need entrepreneurial thinking and a collaborative spirit. Our staff is ambitious about driving and hosting the American Jewish conversation, and open-minded about experimenting with the best ways of doing so. The right candidates will have demonstrated track records of framing important questions and doggedly pursuing them.

Established as a Yiddish, Socialist daily broadsheet in 1897, the Forward has been fully digital since 2019 and in 2021 was described by The New York Times as “America’s most prominent Jewish newspaper.” We are a reader-supported nonprofit committed to independent reporting and to providing a platform for civil discourse on divisive issues; we want every American Jew, across identities, politics and geographies, to see themselves both reflected in our pages and respectfully challenged by them. We reach 1 million to 1.5 million readers a month, a third of them under 35.

The Forward values diversity in background and experience, and is prioritizing equity, inclusion and justice in coverage, staffing and workplace culture. Candidates need not be Jewish.

This is a full-time role represented by the News Guild, with a salary range of $60,000 to $85,000 depending on experience, and generous benefits. The Forward’s newsroom is in Lower Manhattan but applicants willing to work remotely from anywhere in the United States are welcome.

To apply, please send a resume, a one-page pitch for the job, and five clips to jobs@forward.com with a subject line: Enterprise Reporter.



Reporting Fellow on Jews and Race

Are you passionate about issues of race, ethnicity, religion, and identity? Concerned about the local news crisis in America? Eager to explore the conversations over diversity and justice within institutions and the creative ways communities are responding to the ongoing racial reckoning across the United States?

Then you might be the Forward’s first Reporting Fellow on Jews and Race. This is an ideal opportunity for an early-career journalist to experiment with a new beat using a variety of digital storytelling forms to address Jewish journalism deserts.

The fellow need not be Jewish but should possess an understanding of Jewish identity and culture, as well as of other groups with whom Jews intersect. The position is 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 other issues left unexplored by other media.

Established as a Yiddish, Socialist daily broadsheet in 1897, the Forward taught generations of Jewish immigrants what it means to be American. Now fully digital, we aim to explore the diversity of today’s American Jewish communities and to ensure that every individual sees herself reflected in our pages — and is challenged by them.

The Forward is the nation’s leading Jewish journalism outlet, with more than 1.5 million readers a month, a third of them under 35.

As a small nonprofit with limited resources, we seek journalists with entrepreneurial instincts, and the 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 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 your resume, a one-page pitch for the job, and five clips or samples tojobs@forward.com. Subject line: Reporting Fellow on Jews and Race.

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.



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.