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Education Writer
The Colorado Sun

The Colorado Sun is seeking an experienced reporter to cover education, with the understanding that K-12 education is one of the most important economic development, social and political issues facing Colorado. We are particularly interested in exploring the complicated realities in districts outside the metro-Denver area, where schools struggle with budget constraints, teacher shortages, the needs of immigrant students and mental health issues.

The successful candidate will understand that the best stories are not about process or school board meetings; they’re about people. This reporter should know how to dig into documents, public records and spreadsheets with the skill of an investigative reporter, but also be adept at using those findings to tell stories that resonate across the state. The reporter will become knowledgeable about a variety of education issues and systems, including funding, testing, charter schools and school security.

Rise to the top of the stack with proven ability to balance long-range projects with lively, quick-hit stories. We seek a self-starter with the ability to work independently, but who also is a fearless collaborator. The ideal candidate should be productive and bring urgency to their work. The reporter should be a strong performer on social media, understand the power and importance of working in a digital environment and be prepared to work flexible hours to cover the news when and where it happens.

Colorado is filled with many points of view, and potential candidates must be able to produce non-partisan, fair and accurate journalism that reflects these varied views. The Colorado Sun aims to continue building a staff that reflects the rich diversity of our state.

The job is based in Colorado, and statewide travel is required.

The Colorado Sun is an award-winning, online news organization created and owned by some of the state’s most experienced journalists. It produces agenda-setting local journalism that highlights the people, places and issues that make Colorado a great place to live, work and play.

The Sun is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.

Qualifications:

  • At least three years daily journalism experience required, preferably with education reporting experience
  • Strong reporting, research and writing skills in English
  • Solid knowledge and proficiency with AP style
  • Demonstrated ability to work on deadline
  • Ability to develop and maintain sources
  • Commitment to high ethical standards
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency with social media
  • Self-starter who is capable of collaborating with editors and colleagues remotely
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation

To apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, three recent clips and three professional references to jobs@coloradosun.com. Please include salary requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls.

Deadline to apply is Friday, July. 26. Please include “Education Job” in the subject line.


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