Education Reporter
The Gazette Company

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is seeking a multimedia journalist to join its education team. This position is focused on K-12 education reporting. This journalist goes beyond simple meeting coverage and classroom features and is focused on explaining educational and learning concepts – as well as the impacts of policies/decisions – in clear and concise ways. This reporter should be comfortable convening conversations on an array of educational issues through articles, online discussions, blogging and in-person events/discussions. You’ll also be expected to connect with sources and audience through social media.

This position focuses on enterprise reporting and the ideal candidate will bring an investigative mindset. You should be comfortable working with open records requests to get at information. You’ll be able to put ongoing local complex topics into context, focus on the why it happens and what’s important about it. You’ll be interested in research and emerging trends, challenging the status quo while also looking for possible solutions. You’ll strive to translate edu-speak into more concise language someone outside the education system understands.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for explanatory reporting , “explainer” style reporting and alternative story forms (i.e. news applications/visualizations, fact checks, charticles). You’ll be passionate about news and seek to push the envelope for telling stories.

There are also opportunities to produce work for our broadcast platform and the ideal candidate will seize the opportunities a converged newsroom provides.

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with audio and video, the utilization of social media in reporting and should have basic editing abilities. You should also be able to utilize data, embrace interactive visualizations and be comfortable with curating content.

This candidate should have previous reporting experience and be comfortable in an environment where you can grow, but you’ll be expected to collaborate and help others grow, too.

Our organization:

Our news operation is a quality-driven newsroom that combines digital and print for The Gazette,, as well as several niche sites. Our company has a strong tradition of being independent and is employee owned. The majority of our news team is focused on enterprise reporting, and we have a strong spirit of collaboration with other news agencies. While we’re focused in Cedar Rapids — Iowa’s second-largest city – we have bureaus in Des Moines and Iowa City, home to the University of Iowa. The region is rich with things to do outside of work hours.

 Qualifications & requirements:

Ideal candidate will be a flexible, self-motivated, inquisitive, creative go-getter and problem-solver who works well on a team and has excellent communication and team-building skills. Candidate must be highly organized, a confident decision-maker and committed to ongoing improvement and coaching. Juggling multiple deadlines simultaneously should be expected, and you should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. An undergraduate degree in journalism, communications, English or a related course of study is required. Candidate must have strong ability to write and report well and distill subjects into understandable and accessible items. Ideal candidate will possess basic video and photography skills and always has a desire to learn new things. Approximately 2 to 5 years of experience in a multimedia newsroom is required.

 To Apply:

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, links to a portfolio with clips of digital-specific storytelling samples to:

The Gazette Company
501 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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