Forward Thinking

Introducing Forward 4.0

By Jane Eisner

  • Print
  • Share Share
nate lavey
Adam Langer and Abigail Jones

What would Ab do? When faced with a great challenge, there’s the human tendency to launch a conversation with someone from the past whose leadership and vision would be so helpful today. At The Forward, that someone is Ab Cahan, our legendary founding editor, who oversaw half a century of innovative, impactful journalism.

What would Ab do in today’s confusing media landscape, where threat and opportunity can seem nearly indistinguishable? I’d like to believe that the man who introduced so many new concepts to American journalism — from national distribution to the Bintel Brief — would want us to continue to evolve.

So we are.

Little more than a year ago, we launched The Forward Today, our daily morning newsletter, a major step in our evolution from a print-only weekly newspaper to a news organization with a vibrant, constantly updated presence. We are now taking the next evolutionary step by reorganizing our newsroom to enable us to more creatively and aggressively embrace our digital future while remaining committed to the print product many of you still want to hold in your hands.

Our goal is to create four “desks” — teams, in journalistic parlance — organized around content and responsibility to reflect the different ways people read in print, online and on mobile devices.

Some of this has happened organically over the last year. Our news and opinion desk, led by assistant managing editor Larry Cohler-Esses and opinion editor Gal Beckerman, has already made great strides in jumping on breaking news while maintaining the ethical distinction between news gathering and opinion writing. J.J. Goldberg, our editor-at-large, has made a singular contribution to that effort, along with our reporters and correspondents in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Israel.

I am thrilled that our arts and culture desk will be headed by a new editor, Adam Langer, an accomplished novelist, editor, theatre critic, features writer and all-around culture maven. He will be assisted by Ezra Glinter, who will be promoted to deputy arts editor, and will continue to run the Arty Semite blog and work with the Yiddish Forward to develop its digital presence. Naomi Zeveloff, this year’s Forward Fellow, will become the new deputy culture editor, in charge of the Shmooze blog and stories that, in her lovely words, reflect “the emotional heartbeat” of our work.

I am also thrilled to announce the expansion of our digital media desk. Dave Goldiner will become the new digital news editor, overseeing our growing online news operation and the Forward Thinking blog. Abigail Jones joins our staff as the new digital features editor. A former Forward intern, Abigail was the senior manager for social media and the Web at The Daily, the first national news publication created for tablets, and she will bring her deep digital experience back to the Forward. She will also edit the Sisterhood blog. Nate Lavey will continue to produce his award-winning videos, as digital media producer. And Devra Ferst will be promoted to deputy digital media editor, working with Dave and Abigail to develop new digital offerings while contining her role as food editor and head chef of the Jew and the Carrot blog.

Happily, our production desk will remain in the capable, creative hands of art director Kurt Hoffman and deputy art director Elaine Tin Nyo, and Teri Zucker continues in her role as copy editor. Maia Efrem will become my new assistant, while retaining her position as research editor and assisting Dan Friedman in managing the newsroom.

Dan has been instrumental in shaping this new newsroom and recruiting such wonderful talent. We are both grateful to our publisher, Sam Norich, for supporting and encouraging these moves. At a time when so many journalistic enterprises are downsizing their ambitions, it is a pleasure to work for an organization that is ever more eager to embrace the future.

I hope Ab Cahan would approve.


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: reorganization, forward, adam langer, abigail jones

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • "My husband has been offered a terrific new job in a decent-sized Midwestern city. This is mostly great, except for the fact that we will have to leave our beloved NYC, where one can feel Jewish without trying very hard. He is half-Jewish and was raised with a fair amount of Judaism and respect for our tradition though ultimately he doesn’t feel Jewish in that Larry David sort of way like I do. So, he thinks I am nuts for hesitating to move to this new essentially Jew-less city. Oh, did I mention I am pregnant? Seesaw, this concern of mine is real, right? There is something to being surrounded by Jews, no? What should we do?"
  • "Orwell described the cliches of politics as 'packets of aspirin ready at the elbow.' Israel's 'right to defense' is a harder narcotic."
  • From Gene Simmons to Pink — Meet the Jews who rock:
  • The images, which have since been deleted, were captioned: “Israel is the last frontier of the free world."
  • As J Street backs Israel's operation in Gaza, does it risk losing grassroots support?
  • What Thomas Aquinas might say about #Hamas' tunnels:
  • The Jewish bachelorette has spoken.
  • "When it comes to Brenda Turtle, I ask you: What do you expect of a woman repressed all her life who suddenly finds herself free to explore? We can sit and pass judgment, especially when many of us just simply “got over” own sexual repression. But we are obliged to at least acknowledge that this problem is very, very real, and that complete gender segregation breeds sexual repression and unhealthy attitudes toward female sexuality."
  • "Everybody is proud of the resistance. No matter how many people, including myself, disapprove of or even hate Hamas and its ideology, every single person in Gaza is proud of the resistance." Part 2 of Walid Abuzaid's on-the-ground account of life in #Gaza:
  • After years in storage, Toronto’s iconic red-and-white "Sam the Record Man" sign, complete with spinning discs, will return to public view near its original downtown perch. The sign came to symbolize one of Canada’s most storied and successful Jewish family businesses.
  • Is $4,000 too much to ask for a non-member to be buried in a synagogue cemetery?
  • "Let’s not fall into the simplistic us/them dichotomy of 'we were just minding our business when they started firing rockets at us.' We were not just minding our business. We were building settlements, manning checkpoints, and filling jails." What do you think?
  • PHOTOS: 10,000 Israel supporters gathered for a solidarity rally near the United Nations in New York yesterday.
  • Step into the Iron Dome with Tuvia Tenenbom.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.