Ed Lab Reporter
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper and one of the few remaining independent news organizations in the country, is looking to hire a Reporter for Education Lab, the team that covers education in our region with a focus on equity. Education Lab (or Ed Lab, as it is affectionately known) is a solutions-journalism project supported by local foundations and other groups that combines in-depth reporting with an ambitious community-engagement effort that has impact in the region.
We’re looking for an experienced journalist who can use investigative and database skills to illuminate problems and find the most promising solutions – then turn those findings into lively copy and other forms of storytelling. We want you to use empathy to bring new voices to our coverage, to consider engagement as you work, and to coordinate closely with photographers and graphic artists to add impact to your stories.
Successful candidates will have experience covering early-education programs, K-12 schools and colleges, and a strong understanding of education trends, policies and challenges at the state, local and federal level. We’re particularly interested in data skills, knowledge of special education programs and an understanding of tried-and-true instructional methods that work for a broad range of students.
- Be curious and widely read about education issues, and be ready with a diverse, ever-growing story list that mixes daily stories with longer-term enterprise and watchdog pieces.
- Report with humanity: Use good, empathetic interview techniques to gain a better understanding of your story and the people in it.
- Write with authority based on understanding of your subject matter. Write with a flair that shows your excellent command of language. Self-edit for crisp, clean copy on multiple platforms.
- Take on new challenges. Produce enterprise stories and stay ahead of news by anticipating or uncovering developments.
- Dig! Be comfortable filing public records requests and flexing your investigative muscles on a daily basis.
- Analyze databases to find your own story ideas.
- Work closely with photographers and graphic artists to illustrate and produce and
- Pitch solutions stories that interrogate responses to problems.
- Engagement is baked into our DNA, so it should be part of your reporting. It might include public (or Zoom) speaking, facilitating conversations in person or on social media or other events. We’re interested in experimenting, so we want your creative ideas for how we can better interact with our community.
- Be a good team member. We pride ourselves on trusting and supporting each other, and being flexible during unexpected moments of need.
- You have unimpeachable ethics and standards.
- Digital savvy. We need people who can master new tools and write with a digital-first approach when warranted. (I.e., writing iteratively in breaking-news situations.)
- Inclusive mindset. For a reporter, this means cultivating diverse sources and also constantly building cultural literacy to avoid missteps.
We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile does not match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your Cover Letter.
- Experience: A minimum of four years’ reporting experience, preferably at a metropolitan daily news organization. You should have at least a year with a specific emphasis on education. Only applicants with the minimum, relevant experience will be considered.
- Education: College graduate or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- You should be able to read education research and quickly separate the wheat from the chaff.
- We’re especially excited about candidates who regularly do their own data processing, using such tools as Excel, R, Access or SQL. Familiarity with education databases such as CRDC, CEDARS and IPEDS is better yet.
It is our job to reach underserved communities, many of which include immigrants. So fluency in a language other than English is an advantage.
Successful applicants are required to take a drug screen for controlled substances (including marijuana) and a criminal background check. In addition, you will be required to become a union member and pay ongoing union dues.
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