Education reporter

OVERVIEW: Provide informed, insightful coverage of education statewide, with a strong focus on equity. Deliver a steady stream of clear, concise, conversational stories that inform, entertain and result in a better informed electorate.

REPORTS TO: News & Politics Editor

JOB CLOSES: March 12, 2021

SALARY RANGE: $58,000-$62,000 annually

CROSSCUT: A nonprofit news site affiliated with public TV station KCTS in Seattle. Together we are Cascade Public Media.



  1. Contribute to the Crosscut news and politics section with a steady stream of stories pitched by you and/or assigned by the editor.
  2. Help Crosscut develop this new area of coverage by focusing on source and story development and discovering what it means to cover education with an equity and inclusion lens.
  3. Build on skills in storytelling, story planning, data analysis and in-depth reporting. 
  4. Adapt to Crosscut’s approach of listening to and responding to reader questions and ideas. Think about how stories and projects can reach new communities and audiences across the region.
  5. Deliver stories each week that meet the highest journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness, accuracy and quality.
  6. Ability and excitement to tell stories off the education beat, although most of this job will focus on youth and education.
  7. Collaborate with video producers, photographers, audience engagement editors and web designers to shape stories that are visually compelling and incorporate a range of multimedia.
  8. Participate in the development of various modes of journalism, including podcasting, live events and video storytelling.
  9. Serve as a Crosscut representative at community and partner events, industry gatherings and in other formal settings.
  10. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media, business, or a related field or equivalent experience required
  2. Two-to-three years of experience as a writer or editor, either in a deadline-oriented newsroom or as a freelancer.
  3. Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; significant experience organizing and managing multiple priorities, and in developing and managing projects
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  5. Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment
  6. Deep understanding of journalism ethics and practices, with nonprofit or public media experience preferred
  7. Familiarity and professionalism with the role of social media in news gathering.
  8. Ability to work remotely during the current office closure.  Ability to work a hybrid of remote work and on-site work when the office reopens.


  1.  Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
  2. Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time
  3. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods

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