September 16, 2019

Former Forward Editor Jane Eisner is Named to New Post at Columbia Journalism School

Former Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner, left, shown with Fran Drescher and the Forward's CEO and publisher Rachel Fishman Feddersen, at a Forward gala at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, Nov. 13, 2017. (Jerry Lacay/JTA)

(JTA) — Jane Eisner, who served as editor of the Forward newspaper until a sweeping staff cut in January, was named director of academic affairs at the Columbia Journalism School.

In her new position, which she announced Monday, she will be overseeing the New York City graduate school’s Master of Arts program.

Eisner served more than a decade as editor in chief of the English-language Forward, during which time it won multiple awards for her opinion pieces, investigations into Jewish nonprofits and its coverage of cultural affairs.

Earlier this year the Forward announced it would cease its print edition — already reduced to a once-a month magazine from a weekly tabloid during Eisner’s tenure — and lay off 20 percent of its staff. A new editor in chief has not yet been named.

Before joining the Forward, Eisner held senior editorial positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer. She later served as vice president for national programs and initiatives at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.