Contract Journalism Research Assistant – Education/Editorial

EdSurge, a nonprofit news publication covering education, is looking for a highly motivated research assistant with an interest in education equity to support its editorial team on a contract basis.

Two EdSurge journalists are working on separate long-term, in-depth reporting projects that require research assistance. The reporting begins in October, with anticipated publication in spring 2022. The research assistant would begin immediately and would support both projects during a 3-4 month period.

Hours: 10-15 hours a week

Term: Now through January 2022

Pay: $30-$40/hour


  • Researching and pulling statistics from government and other data sources (including but not limited to databases, studies, whitepapers, reports) about education trends
  • Adjusting national state-by-state data for factors such as cost of living, population, etc.
  • Pulling comparable international data to compare trends in the U.S. against other countries 
  • Analyzing data
  • Writing memos that summarize and synthesize research findings
  • Reaching out to nonprofits, think tanks and other relevant organizations to arrange expert interviews
  • Leveraging social media to find and connect with relevant sources


  • 2+ years experience Prior experience scouring research and analyzing data
  • Broad interest in and knowledge of education issues
  • Familiarity with online research portals like LexisNexis and with education/government data
  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistics and knowledge of research methodologies in the social sciences
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Clear, concise communication and writing abilities
  • Strong time management skills
  • Education research experience a plus

About EdSurge:

EdSurge is at the forefront of reporting on changes happening in education and their consequences. We do this through award-winning journalism, research and analysis. We share stories that elevate the voices and experiences of educators, entrepreneurs, researchers and other stakeholders working to support equitable opportunities for all learners.

Through our work, EdSurge aims to bridge the information gaps that often exist between those who drive change in education, and those they serve.

Founded in 2011, EdSurge was acquired in 2019 by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), where it operates as an independent news and research initiative.

About ISTE:

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTELive, one of the world’s most influential edtech events.

The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education.


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