Investigative reporter covering education
Searchlight New Mexico

Searchlight New Mexico is seeking a senior reporter focused on education. The position will be tasked with digging deep into the issues that shape learning, childhood wellbeing and education overall in the state. The position has broad flexibility to focus on issues in pre-K, K-12 and higher education, so expertise in any of those areas is welcome. Stories will focus on New Mexico and the Southwest.  

Searchlight New Mexico is an investigative nonprofit news outlet based in Santa Fe. We  produce weekly, in-depth investigations and narrative pieces focused on issues that often don’t receive the coverage they deserve. Our work is published by every news outlet in New Mexico, in addition to The Guardian, USA Today Network, Rolling Stone, Slate, The Trace, Indian Country Today, High Country News and others. We focus on collaborations with other media, and on the kind of reporting that unflinchingly examines societal issues and how they affect people’s lives – with an eye to affecting change.

Reporters in the newsroom are expected to go deep on issues, through sourcing, data and public records, and return with human-driven stories that go beyond the headlines. We value a collaborative approach, between reporter and editor, reporter and colleagues, and with other media. We welcome ambitious ideas and unconventional approaches to stories, reporting and journalism. We hold reporters to a high standard of reporting, sourcing, and culture competency. We foster a love of words, and of storytelling in the public interest.

Pay: Depends on experience.

Recommended experience:

  • Three to five years of experience in journalism or related field
  • A track record of successful investigative and enterprise reporting
  • Demonstrated experience with, or interest in, narrative storytelling
  • Experience with education-related datasets and/or public records a plus

To apply, send your resumé, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and three relevant clips to Managing Editor Kate Schimel. We’ll begin reviewing applications on Feb. 1, 2021.

We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive working environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We are an equal opportunity employer. We encourage all applicants regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, AIDS/HIV status, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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