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. https://crosscut.com
KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Contribute to the Crosscut news and politics section with a steady stream of stories pitched by you and/or assigned by the editor.
- 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.
- Build on skills in storytelling, story planning, data analysis and in-depth reporting.
- 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.
- Deliver stories each week that meet the highest journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness, accuracy and quality.
- Ability and excitement to tell stories off the education beat, although most of this job will focus on youth and education.
- Collaborate with video producers, photographers, audience engagement editors and web designers to shape stories that are visually compelling and incorporate a range of multimedia.
- Participate in the development of various modes of journalism, including podcasting, live events and video storytelling.
- Serve as a Crosscut representative at community and partner events, industry gatherings and in other formal settings.
- Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media, business, or a related field or equivalent experience required
- Two-to-three years of experience as a writer or editor, either in a deadline-oriented newsroom or as a freelancer.
- Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; significant experience organizing and managing multiple priorities, and in developing and managing projects
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment
- Deep understanding of journalism ethics and practices, with nonprofit or public media experience preferred
- Familiarity and professionalism with the role of social media in news gathering.
- 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.
- Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
- Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time
- Ability to sit or stand for extended periods
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