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Editor-in-Chief

The Forward seeks an Editor-in-Chief to build, grow, and evolve our iconic brand as we enter our fully digital future.

Who We Are
Established in 1897, The Forward — originally The Jewish Daily Forward — remains deeply meaningful to multiple generations of readers. We reach 2MM digital readers a month, a third of them under 35. (Our last print issue was the April/May 2019 double issue; the Forward is now a fully digital property.)

Our hallmarks include our groundbreaking investigative journalism; our commitment to hosting the American Jewish conversation from multiple ideological points of view; our celebration of important Jewish culture, both high and pop; our exploration of what it means to be Jewish in America today. We also continue a 120+ year tradition of publishing in Yiddish, with content created by a separate Yiddish editorial team.

We are seeking an Editor-In-Chief with deep experience in, and commitment to, the highest quality journalism, as well as demonstrated experience in leading digital journalism ventures. We’re looking for someone who is excited about the possibilities that come with building and evolving an established media outlet that’s ready to make a bigger impact on the cultural landscape.

You will:
- Lead the editorial vision for the Forward, based on our distinctive strengths and role in the Jewish media landscape
- Push the boundaries of digital news and storytelling, using digital methods to connect deeply with audiences
- Go beyond the predictable to grow the Forward in new ways, for a rapidly evolving world
- Bring an energy that matches the pace of today’s news, along with well-honed judgement about how to grab an audience
- Embrace team cultivation and management, inspiring and supporting a talented group of subject-matter experts
- Exhibit passion for exploring the American Jewish story
- Participate in an executive team that is guiding the company to long-term financial sustainability
- Report to our CEO and Publisher

You have:
- Deep experience in, and commitment to, the highest quality journalism
- Proven track record in leading digital journalism innovation
- Familiarity with use of analytics to drive innovation and audience
- Excellent listening and communication skills
- An ability to captivate your audience and clearly articulate your vision through your excellent presentation and public speaking skills
- A history in exercising good judgment

You are:
- Passionate about journalism in the Jewish community
- Collaborative, engaging, and curious about the world
- Not afraid to push boundaries and ask powerful questions
- A natural problem solver who loves working with others

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply , even if you do not have all of the skills or experience listed. To apply, please send your Cover Letter and Resume to jobs@forward.com with the subject “Editor-in-Chief”.

This is a full-time position based in our New York office, in the bustling Wall Street District, near lots of great food options, the beautiful East River promenade and South Street Seaport, and multiple transit hubs. We offer medical, dental, vision, transit, HSA/FSA benefits, 401k, enhanced short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, and a generous vacation package including all Jewish holidays.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. 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.



Investigative Reporter

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.

Job description:
The Forward seeks an experienced reporter, reporting to the Senior News Editor, to join its news team. We are looking for someone who is energetic and driven by the desire to tell our readers something they don’t know, whether that’s by breaking news, doing an intricate investigation or writing an enterprising feature full of color and charm. The focus is on news, not analysis, background, interpretation or explainers.

Our newsroom, which is more than 120 years old, is at a significant moment as we go fully digital, and as American Jews face new challenges. For someone who cares about the Jewish community and knows it well, this job is a prime opportunity to serve it. We’re looking for someone who’s dynamic and fun to work with, and who would draw on his or her own passions to help shape a beat or beats, and also to how we gather and transmit information as a digital operation. We’re looking for a reporter who has experience working in the digital world across platforms and formats, who revels in engaging with readers and who is eager to work with our audience development team.

This is a full-time position based in our New York office, in the bustling Wall Street District, near lots of great food options, the beautiful East River promenade and South Street Seaport, and multiple transit hubs. We offer medical, dental, vision, transit, HSA/FSA benefits, 401k, enhanced short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, and a generous vacation package including all Jewish holidays. The Investigative Reporter position is a union job.

Requirements:

  • A proven track record of breaking news, compelling storytelling skills and stylish writing.
  • A passion for source development and the ability to analyze and refine your source development methods.
  • The quantitative skills necessary to appreciate and draw actionable lessons from analytics.
  • Outstanding teamwork skills.
  • A track record of effective and enthusiastic use of social media to gather and disseminate news and build audience.
  • An existing following on social media or another platform is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Judaism, Jewish culture, Jewish politics and Jewish history is a plus; an interest in telling the Jewish story is essential.
  • Working knowledge of Hebrew, Yiddish or Russian would be a plus.

Compensation:
Compensation is commensurate with experience and competitive. 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 to chernikoff@forward.com a cover letter, resume and links to five pieces of work you’re especially proud of and that demonstrate your range of interests and skills. In the cover letter, please include no more than 300 words describing a beat or beats you’d like to cover in this role.

The Forward Association, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer. Freelance pitches



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.





Social Media Intern

Job Description
The Forward is looking for a social media Intern to join our digital team. Work directly with our audience development editor to help us grow our social media referral traffic and increase user engagement!

The Forward, delivers incisive coverage on the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews. Now in our 122nd year of operation, the Forward’s rigorous reporting and balanced commentary on politics, arts and culture has won awards year after year.

This internship will run for at least 10 weeks. You will be expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week and will be paid $15 an hour or receive academic credit.

Responsibilities and Requirements

  • Support our Audience Development Editor in the planning and execution of social media initiatives across channels
  • Partner with audience development editor to make sure articles are optimized for Google Search
  • Work hand-in-hand with editorial team to create and edit new content
  • Help manage editorial calendar
  • Report on content performance and next-step ideation
  • Experience with Google Analytics, Parse.ly and Crowdtangle To apply please send your resume and cover letter to kunza@forward.com , subject line: Social Media Intern.





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.