Full Job Description
The Forward is seeking an intrepid, creative, digital-savvy journalist to join our newsroom as a reporter.
The successful applicant will be an omnivorous newshound with deep knowledge of — or at least passionate interest in — the Jewish world. We need someone who moves fast, juggles well, synthesizes clearly, pivots easily, writes cleanly, loves engaging directly with readers and possesses excellent news judgment, broad empathy, and contextual understanding. Yes, we want it all — a reporter steeped in internet tools and culture, a writer with a strong, conversational and explanatory voice.
This journalist should have at least five years of experience and be as comfortable writing newsletters or making Instagram stories as creating newspaper or magazine articles — and equally excited about these various forms and platforms. We are a small team with limited resources, so we need entrepreneurial instincts, and the combination of 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.
Established as a Yiddish, Socialist daily broadsheet in 1897, the Forward taught generations of Eastern European immigrants what it means to be American. Fully digital since spring of 2019, we now aim to help every American Jew explore the nuances of that identity, ensuring that they both see themselves reflected in our pages — and challenged by them.
Under the leadership of Jodi Rudoren, who became the Forward’s Editor-in-Chief after 21 years at The New York Times, the newsroom is in the midst of an exciting transformation to meet the current moment: an endless, frenzied news cycle in which content of all kinds is consumed largely on smartphones by a polarized public. We need people who are passionate about the mission of informing and driving the American Jewish conversation, and open-minded about experimenting to learn the best ways to do so.
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 role represented by the News Guild, with a salary range of $47,616 to $75,000 depending on experience.
Send resume, a one-page pitch for the job, and five clips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line: Reporter.