Nevada’s leading news organization in print and on the Web needs a smart, aggressive journalist to cover the nation’s fifth-largest school district.
This isn’t a job for shrinking violets or school boosters.
The Clark County School District has 300,000 students – 45% Latino – in 357 schools, 41,000 employees and an annual budget of $2.4 billion. It also has issues: near-fatal growing pains, dismal test scores, crushing bureaucracy, union trouble and crime. Waste, fraud and abuse are endemic.
The ideal ranger for this riot is an independent self-starter who enjoys watchdog and investigative reporting for online and print. Someone who can see the real story in what’s not making a meeting agenda, and who can deliver both quick hits and longer, nuanced stories that make people think.
Some background in writing about education is desirable. Do you know the difference between norm-referenced and criterion-referenced testing? Can you explain that to an average person in a way that doesn’t make them fling themselves off a high building to make it stop?
Computer-assisted reporting, video and social media skills are required. Spanish proficiency is a plus. Training as a forensic accountant would be awesome.
The Review-Journal is an equal-opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. A pre-employment drug test is mandatory.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and your three best writing samples to James G. Wright, Deputy Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Education Reporter” and your name in the subject line. Applicant review will begin Jan. 18, with finalists notified by Feb. 2.
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