Indiana Reporter

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking a  reporter to cover  Indianapolis schools.

This is a critical moment to report about education in Indianapolis. Indiana schools continue to face unprecedented challenges in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Politicians, parents, and teachers are engaged in debates about what educators can say about race and racism. Teacher pay has grabbed the spotlight as a significant policy issue. Indianapolis Public Schools continues to redefine traditional public schools through its extensive choice landscape. Chalkbeat’s Indianapolis reporter will tell these stories to readers locally and nationwide.

Capturing this story requires strong beat reporting, source development, relationship-building, and writing skills. You should enjoy a fast-paced and newsy environment and be comfortable as one of Chalkbeat’s public faces in the community and representing the organization at public events.

This position reports to the Indiana bureau chief.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power of a good story. You can balance quick-turn news stories with enterprise work and have experience planning longer-term projects. You’re inspired by the idea of collaborating with colleagues across Chalkbeat and with partners at other news organizations. You value reader engagement in identifying and executing stories. You can serve as a guide for our readers — the local community, school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens — in explaining how education works. And you’re not afraid to call officials to task when warranted.

What background and skills do you have?

  • At least three years of experience in journalism
  • Excellent news judgment
  • Breaking news metabolism and decisiveness
  • Ability to produce ambitious, agenda-setting enterprise journalism  
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrating empathy and understanding while being unafraid to have tough conversations when needed
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Passion for education and Chalkbeat’s mission is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required

Bonus points if you’ve got:

  • Connections to Indianapolis
  • Data journalism experience
  • Fluency in a language other than English, especially Spanish

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

Most Chalkbeat offices are currently operating under a hybrid remote/in-person work model.

This is a full-time position with benefits. The salary for this position ranges from salary range $65,000-$75,000 commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package, including:

  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • 20 days of PTO and a paid winter recess
  • 401k matching program
  • Paid parental leave

This role is covered by the CBA with the WGAE.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in eight locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

Our organization is committed to antiracism, and our staff is taking part in ongoing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging work. Our leadership team of seven is 100 percent female and includes four women of color. Our overall Chalkbeat staff is 43 percent non-white.

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