PublicSource is building a model for local journalism in the Pittsburgh region. We dig for the truth to inform and engage people through investigative and explanatory reporting. And we are looking for an ambitious reporter to join the team to cover education in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
The education beat is one of the most exciting and important beats in the Pittsburgh region. The area is unique for both K-12 and higher education interests — with a major urban district (budget: $625 million) against the landscape of 40+ suburban districts, and several city-based colleges and universities. Each of them has their own peculiarities, and many of them are no longer used to the attention of intrepid reporters.
The reporting position will be a combination of breaking news reporting and longform/enterprise reporting. Reporting on teaching and learning requires visits to board meetings, classrooms and conversations with teachers, administrators, principals, students and parents. We are looking for a reporter to tell the human stories behind dense policy proposals, someone who has a track record of telling complex stories of different lengths, formats and media and making these stories memorable.
Please apply if you are a person who:
- has a track record of developing sources, breaking down complex data sets and is truly excited about all the forms and formats journalism is possible these days (from multimedia to creative crowdsourcing opportunities to marrying narrative and investigative forms);
- is a go-to person with a knack for explaining things, and is willing and able to adapt to an ever-changing media landscape in a small nonprofit newsroom.
- is able to turn around high-quality copy under a tight deadline while pursuing complex enterprise and investigative pieces;
- is an enthusiastic team player looking to connect with readers through social media, events, podcasts and newsletters;
- has experience obtaining public records;
We offer a benefits package with paid time off, retirement contributions and a parental leave. Our newsroom has a collaborative work culture; from story ideas to fact-checking, we like people to pitch in, work hard and help each other out.
Please send your resume, cover letter with ideas and samples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 20.
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