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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.

Editorial Fellow

The Forward is seeking a responsible and resourceful person interested in digital media to work side-by-side with its editor-in-chief on strategy, operations, new initiatives and her weekly newsletter. This year-long fellowship is a great 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 transformation of a venerable legacy institution into an innovative, modern, essential outlet for news and conversation. 

The ideal candidate will be passionate about digital journalism and also about the Jewish world. Nimbleness and ability to juggle multiple assignments is a must, as is 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/tools and independently find solutions to problems essential. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the editor’s weekly column/newsletter, including quick-turn research, proofreading and production
  • Managing inbox of reader feedback, communicating with audiences on behalf of editor and team and spearheading callouts to readers on various topics
  • Editing/producing column and behind-the-scenes newsletter for “A Bintel Brief” podcast
  • Curating and creating weekly printable magazine of the week’s top stories
  • Helping the editor / team prepare for, program, plan and promote events
  • Preparing material for internal and external presentations
  • Surveying competitive landscape and other research/analysis for new initiatives
  • Curating content from other sources for roundups/publication
  • Digging into audience data to understand trends and find opportunities, compiling analytics reports
  • Proofreading, sourcing photos and handling production for articles on forward.com and creating content for social media channels
  • Assisting in recruiting 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. Applicants need not be Jewish.

To apply, please send resume, five clips, a one-page pitch for the gig and contact information for three references to [email protected]. Subject line: Editorial Fellow

 

News Reporter

The Forward seeks a hungry and resourceful journalist to bring energy and creativity to our daily news report, covering Jewish institutions, antisemitism, and other urgent matters driving the American Jewish conversation. 

If you’re a digital-savvy reporter with omnivorous interests across the Jewish world, this role may be for you. We want someone equally comfortable gunning on breaking news and crafting a fun feature about something trending on social media. We need a team player who thinks entrepreneurially about what is possible. And we are looking for someone who is always considering audience needs and how to best meet them.

This is a full-time role represented by the News Guild, with a salary range of $48,000 to $60,000 depending on experience, and generous benefits. The Forward’s newsroom is in Lower Manhattan but we are open to applicants willing to work remotely from anywhere in the United States.

Established as a Yiddish, Socialist daily broadsheet in 1897, the Forward taught generations of Jewish immigrants what it means to be American. Fully digital since 2019, we aim to tell the stories that matter across our diverse communities today, ensuring that every American Jew both sees herself reflected in our pages — and challenged by them. 

The Forward reaches about 1.5 million readers each month, a third of them under 35 years old. It is an independent, reader-supported nonprofit committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our coverage, staffing and culture — applicants need not be Jewish, but should possess an interest in Jewish identity, culture and history

Send resume, a one-page pitch for the job, and five clips to [email protected]. Subject line: Reporter.

 

Development Intern

The Forward seeks an aspiring professional for a paid internship on the Development team. This internship can be conducted fully remotely, or hybrid with 1-2 days in our New York Office. The internship would run for at least 15 weeks starting in February 2022. 15-29 hours per week is desired, although work hours are flexible. Forward interns are paid $15 an hour.

The Forward delivers incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews. Founded in 1897, the Forward’s rigorous reporting and balanced commentary on politics, arts and culture has won awards year after year. As a member of the Development team, the intern will have an important role in cultivating relationships with the donors who fuel the Forward’s work.

Work on the Development team will provide the intern with a wide range of marketable skills and experience. This is a great place to work, with a warm, collegial environment, an expanding fundraising practice and a start-up mentality within a revered brand.

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 gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information or any other status protected by law.

Responsibilities
• Gift data entry and maintenance
• Assist with donor communications
• Generate donor acknowledgements, envelopes and labels
• Assist with generating and editing mail and eblast lists
• Research on donors and prospects.
• Tracking and reporting on donors and gifts

Requirements
• Strategic and analytical thinker
• Team player and self-starter; works well both collaboratively and autonomously
• Organizational and time-management skills

Preference for
• Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or similar database
• Ability to come to Forward’s NYC office 1-2 days a week

To apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected], subject line Development Internship.

 

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 [email protected] 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 Associate

The Forward is seeking a full-time Marketing Associate who wants to help grow and shape the public face of our storied, beloved brand. If you’re a dynamic person who’s full of ideas, a great communicator who loves to learn, this is an exciting role for you. We’re a supportive, collaborative organization with little bureaucracy and lots of opportunities.

About The Role:

This role is responsible for increasing audience and public awareness of the brand with a major focus on grassroots fundraising, event planning and execution, and relationship building.

Job duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting and assisting in the creation, maintenance, execution, and reporting of various marketing strategic campaigns and marketing communications
  • Editing, scheduling, and reporting fundraising appeals, event emails, and social campaigns
  • Managing a portfolio of campaigns, including composing collateral, testing, and analyzing performance
  • Spearheading our growing event efforts (virtual and in-person) by coordinating all event communications and production

You will report to the Director of Innovation and support the Development Team with brand building, donor communications and event opportunities. 

Salary range is $52,000 – $60,000.

Requirements:

  • 2+ years of relevant marketing, communications and/or event experience
  • Stellar written communications skills, particularly focused on marketing and engagement 
  • Attention to detail, self-starter approach to projects and solutions who can work independently and collaboratively. 
  • Project coordination experience that prioritizes quick and consistent communication and reaching across teams and departments for input
  • Knowledge/interest in the Jewish world is preferred 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including clear and effective written communication

About The Company:

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. Applicants need not be Jewish.

To apply, please send a resume to [email protected]. Subject line: Marketing Associate.

Digital Marketing Intern

The Forward is looking for an aspiring marketer for a creative and enthusiastic Digital Marketing Intern to remotely join the marketing team. As an intern, you will work closely with the Digital Innovation Director to plan and manage various aspects of digital marketing, bringing new, innovative ideas to effectively promote the Forward brand and events to new and current audiences. In addition, you will generate monthly performance analytics reports for emails and campaigns on key metrics and offer insights.

This unique opportunity is ideal for a college senior or recent graduate who is seeking meaningful, hands on experience in the digital marketing space. The projects will focus mostly on email marketing, basic graphic design, reporting, and building out web content.

What We Offer:

  • A paid, part-time internship
  • Exposure to a fast-paced, fun and inclusive culture
  • Opportunity to provide meaningful contributions to a growing footprint in digital media
  • High-level of access to supervisors (manager and mentor), detailed direction without micromanagement, feedback throughout your internship, and a final evaluation
  • A warm, collegial environment

What We Expect:

  • At least one year of marketing experience (Desired Class Level: Junior or Senior year)
  • Desired majors: marketing, journalism, public relations, advertising or otherwise related field
  • Be an innovative, strategic, and analytical thinker
  • Keep abreast of new digital marketing trends/developments
  • Be a self-starter with a strong sense of urgency and prioritization skills
  • Team player who works well both collaboratively and autonomously
  • Have a keen eye for detail and aesthetic; graphic design and video editing skills are a plus, but not required
  • Strong organizational, time-management and documentation skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication — i.e., status updates, ability to proof one’s work, attention to detail, succinctness — the ability to take complex ideas and express them in simple, easy to understand terms

Some of What You’ll Do: 

  • Collaborate with a variety of internal clients and external agencies to help meet their marketing objectives
  • Assist with email communications and management
  • Proof email campaigns, create and manage content on internal sites, and help with tracking and analytics
  • Design and create visual assets for social media, email, web and ads; edit images, graphics and potentially short videos (graphic design experience a plus)
  • Assist with events (virtual and in-person), including promotion and reporting
  • Supporting the marketing team in daily administrative tasks

What You Will Learn/Gain:

  • How to launch and manage digital marketing campaigns
  • How to use WordPress for content management
  • Managing content calendars and developing email marketing campaigns
  • Experience in promoting and hosting virtual events
  • Project management experience
  • Experience in audience segmentation 
  • How to track conversions
  • Analyze and optimize campaign performance to target KPIs
  • Understand how leads are generated and move down the sales funnel

Duration and Compensation:

The internship is open now and would run for at least 15 weeks. 15-29 hours per week is desired, although work hours are flexible, and Forward interns are paid $15 an hour.

To apply

Please send your resume to [email protected], 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.

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 to[email protected]. 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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected] and Benyamin Cohen at [email protected].

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.

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