Education Reporter
WPLN News/Nashville Public Radio

Covering education is about building connections.

WPLN News is seeking a reporter who can connect esoteric government policies to the dinner-table conversations that families have with their kids, and who can show why the education system matters to everyone in our region. You excel at telling stories based on real people’s experiences, not from the perspective of policymakers. And you have the skills as a reporter to find deeper threads within those experiences — to do enterprising and investigative work that changes the conversation around education. Experience in radio or on an education beat is not necessary, but you do need to be a strong writer and the kind of reporter who sees stories that others overlook.

Who we are: A fast-growing, ambitious newsroom in a fast-growing, ambitious city. As a hub of tourism and health care, Nashville’s economy and population have exploded over the past two decades. This has brought national attention and local pride, and it’s increased racial and ethnic diversity in a mid-sized Southern city. But the growth has also exacerbated inequalities rooted in racism and economic injustice that date back to Tennessee’s and Nashville’s earliest days. The good news is, many people recognize these problems and want to take them on. The challenge is, they often don’t know how.

WPLN News is committed to helping our community find the answers. In the past few years, we’ve launched The Promise, a podcast that’s been recognized nationally for challenging assumptions about race, class and public education. We’ve delved deep into criminal justice, with journalism that has laid the groundwork for a reconfigured conviction review unit in the local DA’s office and uncovered new information in a high-profile police trial. We’ve amplified the voices of Black Nashvillians through our series Breaking Points and forged a strong partnership with Spanish-speaking news media.

You’ll find that WPLN News is a supportive, collaborative environment full of people who believe in journalism as a force for public good: Our work changes lives for the better. We want an education reporter who can carry that work forward and take it in new directions. You’ll be expected to dig deep into debates over school choice, remote learning and educational achievement, and to give our audience vital context they need to understand them. And you’ll be asked to stretch yourself with projects that raise issues people aren’t yet talking about.

It might sound like a tall order. And it is. But we’re building a great newsroom here in Nashville. Come join us.

To apply, please send the following to (PDFs preferred) by Feb. 15, 2021:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining what you think are the most important stories to tell in education right now
  • Three or four examples of your best work, including at least two that show a commitment to reporting on communities of color or others that are often overlooked by public radio.

We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity in our hiring. Nashville Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.

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