Ed Lab Reporter
The Seattle Times
At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.
Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provide readers with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.8 million.
The Seattle Times is excited to announce a recent opening for a Reporter (Ed Lab) in the newsroom! This Reporter contributes to Education Lab, a community-funded project that takes a Solutions Journalism approach to issues in public education. Successful candidates will have experience covering early-education programs, K-12 schools and colleges, and have a strong understanding of education trends, policies and challenges at the local, state and federal level.
- Aggressively follow through on stories, including interacting with readers after publication through chats, comments or other engagement tools.
- Write clear, appropriate leads. Write with authority based on clear understanding of topic or beat. Self-edit for crisp, clean copy on multiple platforms. Use good interview techniques and effective quotes.
- Develop sources of continuing stories. Maintain a steady flow of ideas and stories. Produce enterprise stories and stay ahead of stories by anticipating or uncovering developments.
- Seek fresh ideas and approaches in reporting and writing. Seek diversity in coverage.
- Take on new challenges. Be willing to take leadership of a story or project.
Experience: This position requires a minimum of three to five years’ reporting experience, preferably in a daily newspaper or website with a specific emphasis in education and solutions journalism. Only applicants with the minimum, relevant experience will be considered.
Education: College graduate with a degree in journalism or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Must have the ability to analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, etc., under pressure and on deadline.
- Must have the ability to write clearly, accurately and creatively on multiple platforms.
- Must have the ability to write stories using Methode, WordPress or other content management systems used by the newsroom.
- Requires excellent grammar and language skills.
- Must keep technological skills current and adapt to and embrace current and future newsroom publishing and company systems such as Methode, Outlook, UltiPro, AX, etc.
- Must have experience using Smartphones, tablets or other Web-enabled devices to monitor news, file stories from the field, and cover breaking news.
- Requires social media skills, including the ability to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other emerging social networks.
- Must understand and uphold the standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.
Application Information: To apply, please follow this two-step process.
2. Once you’ve completed that step, finish your application at the “Apply On-line” link provided on the job posting.
This position is a Guild-affiliated (union) position, with mandated union dues. In addition, this role requires a drug screen for controlled substances, criminal background check, driver’s license, and personal car insurance.
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