When you run a relatively small news organization in a gigantic city, it’s inevitable that talented staff members will get recruited to bigger jobs. So it’s with a mixture of pride and sadness that I report on the departure of two respected colleagues, Nate Lavey and Abigail Jones.
Both originally came here as interns, and their excellent work propelled them into full-time jobs.
You’ve undoubtedly enjoyed Nate’s award-winning videos on subjects ranging from a young Orthodox weightlifter to an aging Philadelphia synagogue. Check out some of his work here.
And you’ve read the ambitious work that Abigail has written and edited, from the sharpest tweets to the Inspired Rabbis project to her exploration of the rise and fall of the Jewish Catskills. See her work here.
Nate has joined newyorker.com, while Abigail will be part of the relaunch of Newsweek. They’ll always be Forward alums.
I’m delighted that Martyna Starosta, a multilingual video producer, has joined our staff and will bring her varied skills and unique sensibility to our growing body of video journalism. Abigail’s replacement will be announced shortly.
And don’t forget: Deadline for nominations for the Forward 50 is October 18. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Luck, Nate Lavey and Abigail Jones
Jane Eisner, a pioneer in journalism, is writer-at-large at the Forward and the 2019 Koeppel Fellow in Journalism at Wesleyan University. For more than a decade, she was editor-in-chief of the Forward, the first woman to hold the position at the influential Jewish national news organization. Under her leadership, the Forward’s digital readership grew significantly, and won numerous regional and national awards for its original journalism, in print and online.