Jewish Currents is seeking an Staff Writer/Assistant Editor to write frequently for the website and magazine and help direct editorial coverage. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, clips, and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Currents covers a wide variety of topics, including Israel/Palestine, antisemitism, US politics, labor, movement politics, race, immigration, and the climate crisis. The Staff Writer/Assistant Editor will help set short-term and long-term goals for online coverage, develop fruitful relationships with writers and thinkers on our beats, and identify story opportunities in which Jewish Currents can make a robust intervention. You do not have to be Jewish—or a current expert in Jewish politics—to be right for this job, though you must demonstrate a familiarity with our work and our positioning in the media landscape. Eventually, this job will include becoming an expert in the issues we cover, and representing the magazine in public appearances as necessary.
The Staff Writer/Assistant Editor is expected to turn around sharp, timely articles that make essential interventions in the news cycle. Jewish Currents occupies a unique space between news outlet and journal, and publishes at a rate of one article daily; we are seeking a person with a vision for achieving maximum impact at this pace, both as a writer and a commissioning editor. We are building a model where every piece counts, and has lasting value beyond its peg.
The Staff Writer/Assistant Editor is responsible for both writing and editing work:
Be capable of turning around stories ranging from breaking news analysis to deeply-reported features at a timely pace.
Be adept at collecting, verifying, and analyzing newsworthy information, and delivering clean copy with sharp analysis.
Be eager to brainstorm about how to expand Jewish Currents’s coverage, and to work in a fun, collaborative environment.
Be comfortable working across mediums, including contributing to podcasts.
Carve out beats, develop sources, chase leads, and publish great work, abiding by standards of journalistic ethics.
Stay up-to-date with the latest current events on your beats by studying papers, attending events etc.
Attend and contribute to editorial staff meetings, following up with freelancers when required.
Generate sharp ideas and enlightening angles for stories across our beats.
Undertake first-draft edits on articles, conversations, newsletters, and other materials.
Assist staff in recruiting, commissioning, and supervising freelance writers.
Assign and supervise fact-checking and copy editing for content you are editing as needed.
2+ years of relevant professional experience
Exceptional editorial skills
Competency with core elements of reporting and investigations including source cultivation, security, research, and more
Strong sense of the most important story, and a hunger to both make and shape news cycles and discourse
Ability to articulate our vision and our work to donors, grantors, strategic partners, and as a participant on forums, panels, and in other media
Natural leadership qualities and a collaborative spirit