The Grade

Now in its fifth year, The Grade is looking for an experienced editor to take the lead on editing weekly pieces analyzing media coverage of schools, both good and bad. To see recent columns, go here. For more about the project’s history and funding, go here.

It’s an hourly gig, estimated at 3-5 hours per week, including a weekly editorial call. The editor can work remotely but is expected to be available at regular intervals during the workday. In a perfect world, the editor is familiar with K-12 education issues but knowledge of journalistic principles such as including accuracy, fairness, context, transparency is more important. The pay is monthly, based on an agreed-upon rate.

Roughly three out of four columns per month are written by outside contributors, usually freelance journalists. Some are reported pieces. Others are opeds. For more on the contributor’s role, check out our one-pager, What makes a great piece for The Grade?.

This is a substantive editing job, not a line editing or copyediting job. The quality of the copy varies widely. Some contributors need relatively light touch, though almost all need to fill in several small holes. So the job requires someone with the skill and flexibility to help contributors develop and hone their ideas, structure their stories, and dig up strong evidence.

There also will be a second set of edits once the piece is shared with other members of the team, and sometimes these will be substantial. Here’s the one-pager that we send to contributors once a story has been assigned: How stories get edited for The Grade.

The editor also needs to keep contributors on schedule when it comes to filing their stories and responding to edits, and to communicate regularly with other members of the team about how things are going.

Send inquiries to Alexander Russo at

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