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Reporting Fellow on Jews and Race

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Reporting Fellow on Jews and Race
The Forward is seeking a reporter to explore issues of race, ethnicity and American Jewry. That means looking at issues of race inside the Jewish community, how Jewish organizations are grappling with diversity, equity and inclusion, and the broader way identity questions affect Jews and Jewish organizations across the country.

This one-year fellowship will be based in Chicago, a perfect jumping-off point for stories that examine Black-Jewish relations, Latino-Jewish relations, Jews of Color, economic inequality, criminal justice, systemic racism and immigration.

Why Chicago? The city has been both a flashpoint of racial tension and a center of creative solutions to racial division. Our new Forward reporting fellow will dive into this history as a way to report with authority and context on the city’s current social movements, groups and leaders, policy solutions and the effects of race and discrimination now and over time.

The ideal candidate will be able to find, develop and write original enterprise stories highlighting aspects of the Jewish world that usually go undercovered and report any breaking stories that revolve around issues of Jews and race. Jewish affiliation is not required, but interest in the Jewish world is essential.

Established as a Yiddish, Socialist daily in 1897, the Forward taught generations of Jewish immigrants what it means to be American. Fully digital since the spring of 2019, it remains the nation’s leading Jewish journalism outlet, with more than 1.5 million readers each month.

We are a platform for fearless journalism and for civil discourse in a divided community, with a proud tradition as a springboard for generations of successful journalists. As a small nonprofit newsroom with limited resources, we seek journalists with 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.

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, one-year temporary position represented by the News Guild with a salary of $37,704 and generous benefits; it reports to the Los Angeles-based national editor, Rob Eshman.

Send resume, a one-page pitch for the job, and five clips to Subject line: Reporting fellow on Jews and race.


Organization: Forward
Location: New York NY US
Date Posted: June 23, 2021
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