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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.

News Director
Social Media Editor
Internship Opportunity
Freelance pitches
About the Forward



News Director

The Forward seeks an experienced digital journalist to lead our daily report and maximize its impact across platforms by building and engaging audiences.

The News Director is a leadership/operations role created in February 2020 as part of The Forward’s transformation to an all-digital publication; it is part audience strategist, part assignment editor, the person who runs the day. This manager will work across our editorial team to program the Website, social accounts and newsletters; respond to news, search trends and social conversation in timely and distinctive ways; develop tailored audience plans for our signature journalism; and determine the cadence and content mix to engage and grow our readership.

We are looking for an innovative, flexible, self-starting and unflappable juggler with excellent news instincts, quick reflexes, strong technical skills, experience with analytics, dexterity with imperfect systems, and a sense of humor. We need someone adept at stretching resources and finding solutions, someone who brings calm to chaos, plays well with others, has audacious goals and the focused patience to pursue them step by step.

Yes, we want it all, and we prize diversity of background, experience and perspective, too. Knowledge of the Jewish community is a plus; commitment to independent journalism and civil discourse a must.

Founded in 1897 as a Yiddish, socialist daily broadsheet, The Forward is the nation’s oldest and leading Jewish news organization. We ended print publication in 2019, and have over the past year nearly doubled our overall audience to close to 3 million users in August, a third of them under 35; our newsletter list has meanwhile grown by 61% since March with no decline in open rate, and we have also added significant programming to engage views on Zoom, YouTube and Facebook Live.

The News Director directly manages interns and assigns staffers and freelancers to handle quick takes off the news as well as evergreen guides and service journalism. This editor will also supervise our new social-media editor, coordinate our partnerships with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Haaretz, and seek other co-publishing arrangements with Jewish and secular news outlets to enhance our report for readers.

Working closely with the Editor-in-Chief and other Forward executives, the News Director is responsible for understanding our audience and deepening its engagement with our journalism, and will be held accountable for setting our audience goals and adjusting our strategy through a process of testing and learning to meet them. That includes refining meaningful metrics about engagement; setting benchmarks for individual projects and overall performance; educating staff and stakeholders about these metrics and benchmarks; and reporting regularly on audience internally and externally.

The News Director reports directly to the Editor-in-Chief and will be the newsroom’s point person for working with product, tech and marketing teams on initiatives to enhance the user experience; deepen reader engagement; grow newsletter lists; raise revenue; and explore new platforms.

Other responsibilities include:
-Training staff on SEO and social best practices for headlines, URLs; workshopping headlines in real time
-Setting strategy for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, organic and paid campaigns
-Developing and maintaining relationships with Facebook, Apple News and other platforms (Smart News) to enhance our growth
-Monitoring analytics in real time to help editors seize opportunities
-Overseeing newsletter operations
-Directly engaging readers in shaping our journalism through call-outs
-Creating feature content that aims to leverage calendar, ie holidays real (Passover, Purim) or manufactured (National Bagel Day)
-Seizing opportunities to resurface evergreen content based on the news, social conversation or calendar
-Writing/editing as needed, especially rounding up social-media commentary, and creating photos/videos/graphics, especially for social accounts
-Producing stories as needed, including sourcing photographs, writing headlines and formatting things in CMS
-Troubleshooting issues on Forward.com and newsletters
-Project-managing new editorial initiatives and products

Salary: $65,000 to $80,000, or higher commensurate with experience.

Please send resume and a one-page pitch outlining your qualifications and vision for the role to jobs@forward.com with the subject line: News Editor.



Social Media Editor

The Forward is seeking an experienced and creative social-media editor to drive social strategy across current and emerging digital platforms, amplify our award-winning journalism to deepen fan/follower engagement, and help us find new audiences for our work.

The successful applicant will value both the art and science of creating and maintaining a successful social growth and engagement strategy and practice. They will bring an appreciation of the vernaculars of various social platforms, and a curiosity and commitment around how best to create enthusiastic, deeply loyal fans, followers, and brand boosters. This role will bring the full sweep of Forward work—news, culture, opinion, archives, events—to both established communities and new readers.

We are committed to having a diverse staff, and we value connections across our communities.

Primary Responsibilities:

-Lead The Forward’s efforts across social media platforms — grow our social audience, test engagement strategies, design and optimize content for social, and lead paid social media campaigns
-Establish a consistent voice on The Forward’s social channels and write and publish unique copy for each social channel to reach target audiences
-Create protocols for staff to follow and manage the social-media calendar
-Set key performance indicators to measure success
-Step up engagement and regularly monitor trends, mentions, and conversations among followers
-Respond directly to followers by joining the conversation and inviting participation through polls, questions, and more
-Seek out established affinity audiences/groups and create avenues for new ones.
-Help increase our earned media presence

Desired Skills & Qualifications

-2+ years experience working on social campaigns for a brand
-A strong understanding of social media platforms and trends and a proven track record of scaling those platforms
-Excellent writing skills
-Strong visual, video and photo editing skills (Photoshop, Premiere or similar)
-Fluency in digital analytics software

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.

Send resume and cover letter to jobs@forward.com with the subject line: Social Media Editor.



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 jobs@forward.com. Subject line: 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, Helen Chernikoff, at chernikoff@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.