If you ever bought or sold something on craigslist — and who hasn’t? — you’ve already helped build The Forward’s future.
Because craigslist’s success turned into Craig Newmark Philanthropies, which has for the second year in a row given us $500,000 — the two largest grants in the Forward’s 123-year history, and an absolutely critical investment in our digital transformation.
It is so gratifying to have Craig’s continuing generosity and guidance. He and his foundation are backing crucial journalism institutions across our industry, including CUNY’s graduate school of journalism; ProPublica, the leading nonprofit investigative newsroom; The 19th, a new venture focused on women and politics; and Report for America, which puts hundreds of young reporters into local newsrooms that could not otherwise afford them. I am so proud to be part of this group of entrepreneurial thinkers devoted to high-quality, original reporting as a public service and pillar of democracy.
Craig’s support is helping The Forward reinvent our website; expand our reach on social media; produce ambitious investigative and narrative journalism; engage more deeply with you, our readers; and maintain a platform for civil discourse on the issues that divide our communities.
Who knew that when I moved back to New York from Chicago 14 years ago, selling a sofa and side tables and so many other things on craigslist, they’d be helping provide the foundation for the future of Jewish journalism.
Jodi Rudoren became Editor-in-Chief of The Forward, the nation’s oldest independent Jewish news organization, in September 2019 after more than two decades as a reporter and editor at The New York Times. She is helping lead a transformation of the storied 123-year-old institution, a nonprofit that went digital-only in early 2019.