Education Editor
The New York Times

Education has been a premier subject of New York Times coverage for decades, from the insanity of elite college admission to accountability journalism on classroom inequity. Now The Times is creating an education team to own this critical story on all platforms and for multiple audiences.

The ideal candidate will have a compelling vision of how The New York Times presents education as an urgent, accessible story. The coverage should encompass preschool, K-12, higher education and vocational training, although we are open to proposals that argue for emphasizing one or more areas over others.

The coverage should include journalism in a variety of formats: video, photography, newsletters, data visualizations, podcasts, conferences and more. The unit should make strategic decisions about which forms are top priorities and which are not.

The education editor will collaborate with many others throughout the newsroom, but will operate apart from the current department structure, with no print obligations.

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To Apply

Applicants should submit a resume, examples of previous work, and a memo outlining their vision for coverage to Dean Baquet and Sam Dolnick by Sept. 19. Some important questions to wrestle with:

  • What audiences should we be focusing on?
  • How will our coverage fit into their lives, and how will they experience it?
  • How will we distinguish our coverage from other journalism in this space?
  • Should the coverage focus on features? Breaking news? Videos?
  • Should there be a signature voice or voices attached to our education coverage? If so, who?
  • How will you make a difficult subject interesting and accessible?
  • What stories are we willing not to do?
  • Should there be a major service component to our journalism, and what should look like if so?
  • What should the team look like to get it done? (We anticipate a team of approximately 10 to 12 journalists but are open to other ideas.)

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The New York Times is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics.

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