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22 Mar 2019

Reporter or Editor National Reporter


Job Description

Chalkbeat is looking for a passionate, enterprising reporter to join our national reporting team.

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. Read more about our mission and values.

We have local reporting teams in seven locations — Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York City, and Tennessee. Now, we’re looking for an additional reporter to join our national team to help cover the organizations and ideas that shape what happens in schools across the country.

You’ll be responsible for writing a range of stories. A typical week in your reporting life might include breaking news about a growing charter school network, synthesizing local stories about teachers strikes, and explaining challenges facing refugee students.

You’re a good fit for this position if most of these apply:

  • You’re excited about holding powerful organizations accountable to the public.
  • You’ve thrived as a journalist in a fast-paced news environment.
  • You’ve previously covered education locally or nationally and have more questions than when you got started.
  • You can build sources and generate story ideas.
  • You believe high-quality journalism can make a difference to the lives of students, the work of policymakers, and the strength of our democracy.

The ideal candidate would be based in or willing to relocate to New York City, but we’re open to someone working elsewhere, especially from another Chalkbeat bureau or Washington, D.C., where Chalkbeat has an office. This position will report to Chalkbeat’s national editor.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a week-long paid winter break.


How to Apply

Please send links to five relevant clips, a PDF of your resume, and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and where you heard about it to by April 22. Include “national reporter” in the subject line. Chalkbeat is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Chalkbeat encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations, and marital statuses to apply.

Bureaus: - National - and New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Reporter or Editor.