Digital Journalist

Employer The Forward
Location New York, NY
Type Full time
Contact information job@forward.com
Apply by August 20, 2020
More details https://forward.com/about-us/employment/
Posted on July 20, 2020

Description

The Forward is seeking an experienced digital journalist to join its news team.

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. We seek a reporter steeped in internet tools and culture, a writer with a strong, conversational and explanatory voice. We are committed to having a diverse staff, and value connections across our communities.

This journalist should be as comfortable writing newsletters or social-media posts as traditional newspaper or magazine articles — and equally excited about these various forms and platforms. We are a small team with limited resources, so we value 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.

Among the core topics the news team covers are U.S. politics through a Jewish lens, Israel, and the organized/professional Jewish world, so demonstrated experience on those or related beats is helpful. We are open, however, to being dazzled by a candidate with a different background or approach, especially as we are working to reinvent our products and broaden our audience.

Founded in 1897, the Forward is the leading voice in American Jewish journalism and a platform for civil discourse on issues that divide us. We are an independent, reader-supported nonprofit 501(c)(3) that sees journalism as a public service and pillar of our democracy. While we began as a socialist Yiddish newspaper, our only ideology now is that of inquiry, and we aim to serve the full Jewish community.

Digital-only since May of 2019, the Forward is in the midst of a transformation to better serve the next generation of readers, and is seeking for its news team a flexible journalist committed to ongoing innovation. Applicants should have at least five years of experience working in journalism, or a compelling alternate path; our pre-pandemic newsroom was in Manhattan, and the job is based there.

Send resume, a one-page pitch for the job, and five clips to jobs@forward.com with the subject line: Digital Journalist.