Education Lab Reporter
Dallas Morning News

Job Description

Now’s your chance to help us build something innovative in local news: This fall, we are launching The Dallas Morning News Education Lab, which will expand our reporting of the most important educational issues in Dallas-Fort Worth and across Texas.

The Education Lab, which will have a reporting team of six journalists, will emphasize solutions-based journalism and organize events to spark community conversations about education. The Lab is supported by community funding from foundations and philanthropists.

We’re looking for a reporter adept at breaking and juggling urgent daily news while being skilled at identifying and writing smart, revealing enterprise stories and analyses off the beat. The ideal candidate will have sharp news judgment and the ability to be selective about what’s most important.

In particular, the reporter will cover high-priority education issues, including the impact of COVID-19 on schools and learning, school funding from the Texas legislature, equity in education, early childhood development, workforce readiness and school choice.

The education reporting position is funded with a two-year commitment. While there are no guarantees beyond the two years, it’s our objective to extend this reporting position for multiple years based on continuous fundraising.

Application deadline is July 31, 2020.

Job Requirements

We’re looking for candidates with at least five years’ related experience in reporting and/or editing and a bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field. We prefer candidates with prior education reporting or editing experience, skilled at understanding how best to serve our digital and print audiences, and familiar with analytics.

We are in search of a diverse group of candidates. It’s our mission to reach underserved communities, many of which include Spanish-speaking immigrants. Fluency in Spanish is a big advantage.

The strongest candidates will also have the ability to understand and analyze data trends. Education is very much adata-driven beat, and there’s a huge plus in knowing how to use Excel, Access or other data tools.

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