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Education Reporter
The Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis Star is looking for a dynamic reporter to cover education issues with a digital-first focus. The reporter would pay particular attention to statewide K-12 education issues, but also occasionally cover higher education news and trends. This is a particularly important time for coverage of education issues in Indiana, a state that has been a leader in the controversial voucher program movement.  

Points of focus include:

  • Ensuring readers understand the impact of the statewide education “reform” movement, whether the topic is vouchers, charter schools, school and teacher accountability measures or academic testing.
  • Coverage from inside the schools, giving readers a vivid sense for what’s happening inside classrooms, with color and detail from students and educators.
  • Accountability/watchdog coverage of academic trends, test scores and how schools spend money to educate children.
  • Process coverage of school board meetings and administrators should be avoided except in those cases where a meeting itself is the focus of controversy or high interest among your audience. Stories should be based on the 3 “Cs” of audience engagement on education: Change, Conflict or Comparison.
  • The reporter must be able to break news quickly as well as produce enterprise, including issue, trend and watchdog stories, by parsing public records and documents, using data and cultivating sources.  

You may be the right candidate for this job if you have a sharp eye for trends, a healthy skepticism about what works, a passion for telling stories, an eagerness to serve your audience in innovative ways across platforms, a hunger for breaking news, and a desire to learn from a talented group of coaches/editors in a collaborative culture. 

You should be a self-starter comfortable working in multiple types of media: reporting and writing stories; shooting photos and videos with an iPhone; and immersed in the networks of social media to help spread the word about your great work. You should be nimble and able to tailor your approach to stories to satisfy audiences viewing your work in print or on a desktop browser, mobile device or tablet. 

We want you to build a meaningful portfolio of memorable stories that take time and effort to develop. But we also want you to cover the news, efficiently and concisely, and break important stories before anyone else. So you need to be comfortable and effective at juggling multiple assignments.  

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
  • At least 2 years of applicable experience as a reporter/writer
  • Ability to shoot photos and videos with an iPhone
  • Proficiency on social media platforms
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Curiosity and a desire to try new things  

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For more information contact contact News and Investigations Director Alvie Lindsay at alvie.lindsay@indystar.com or Content Editor Greg Weaver at greg.weaver@indystar.com.  


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