Education Lab Reporter
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper and one of the few remaining independent news organizations in the country, is looking to hire a Reporter for Education Lab, the team that covers education in our region with a focus on equity and an emphasis on solutions. Education Lab, in its 9th year, is supported by local foundations and other groups, and combines in-depth reporting with an ambitious community-engagement effort that has measurable impact in the region.
We’re looking for an experienced journalist who can illuminate problems, find promising solutions, and turn those findings into engaging copy and other forms of storytelling. We want to bring new voices to our coverage, find new ways to connect with readers, and to coordinate closely with photographers and graphic artists to add visual impact.
Successful candidates will have experience covering education systems, and a strong understanding of education trends, policies and challenges at the national, state and local level. We’re particularly interested in data skills, knowledge of equity issues, and an understanding of what has been proven to work to help a broad range of students – especially those who struggle in school.
This is a community-funded position and is subject to grant renewal. While renewal is anticipated, funding for this role is not guaranteed beyond two years. To learn more about our grant-funded projects, click here.
- Produce thoughtful, well-written enterprise stories that either investigate solutions or raise accountability concerns. Use your knowledge of education issues to identify that a program or approach is truly a solution — and not just a short-term, feel-good fix.
- Write shorter, off-the-news dailies that whet readers’ appetite for solutions or raise accountability questions about school district practices.
- As needed, be prepared to help the team cover breaking news.
- Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in story choice, sourcing and framing.
- Keep up with national education issues and trends, and put local stories in context with national developments. Keep a list of national sources, and move quickly to develop a list of local sources in the Seattle region.
- Know which datasets can help illuminate problems, or solutions, and how to analyze them to find story ideas. Be comfortable with filing public records requests and flexing your investigative muscles.
- Use good, empathetic interview techniques to gain a better understanding of the people you interview, and write with authority based on comprehensive reporting and a thorough understanding of the subject matter.
- Work closely with photographers and graphic artists to illustrate your stories.
- Make engagement part of your reporting. We want your creative ideas for how we can better interact with our community.
- Be a good team member. We pride ourselves on trusting and supporting each other, and being flexible during unexpected moments of need.
- Model unimpeachable ethics and standards.
- Master new digital tools and write with a digital-first approach when warranted. (i.e., writing iteratively in breaking-news situations.)
We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile does not match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your Cover Letter.
- Experience: A minimum of four years’ reporting experience, preferably at a metropolitan daily news organization. You should have at least a year with a specific emphasis on education.
- Education: College graduate or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- You should be able to read education research and quickly separate the wheat from the chaff.
- We’re especially excited about candidates who regularly do their own data analysis. Familiarity with education databases such as CRDC, CEDARS and IPEDS is a plus.
- It is our job to reach underserved communities, many of which include immigrants. Fluency in a language other than English is an advantage.
Interested applicates should click here to apply.
Successful applicants are required to take a drug screen for controlled substances (excluding cannabis) and a criminal background check. In addition, you will be required to become a union member and pay ongoing union dues.
Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, Seattle Times Media Solutions combines cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.
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