Education Beat Reporter
The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is looking for an education beat reporter to cover the nation’s K-12 schools, which are now more in the public spotlight than at any point in recent memory. In the wake of the pandemic, schools are rethinking what and how they teach and are receiving a historic influx of federal funding. You must be a well-sourced reporter who can write with authority on what is happening and what it means.

You will break news with stories that require a quick turnaround as well as conceptualize and deliver ambitious enterprise pieces. This subject provides a marvelous range of areas to dig into, from school policy to what kids are learning in the classrooms to the latest concerns of parents. Education also raises important issues of equity for the reporter to uncover and address. This is a great opportunity for someone eager to be part of the best-read stories of the day and strive for deeply reported narratives, investigations and enterprise journalism.

You must have a passion for connecting varied complex policies to people’s lives and vice versa. That will require a drive for sourcing among educators, families and students, as well as a desire to connect with and respond to our audience’s interests and pressing questions. This job offers opportunities to work with WSJ podcasts, video, audio and graphics teams as well as other bureaus from around the world. Being a team player is a must.

We are looking for a reporter with at least five years of experience covering a high-demand beat. Experience with public policy, databases and public records requests are all pluses.

You will report to the Education Bureau Chief. While you will likely start the job working remotely, you will eventually be based in our New York office.

To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter explaining how you would approach the job and five clips. The application deadline is July 15.


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