The Oregonian/OregonLive is looking to hire an experienced journalist with a passion for covering education to become the senior reporter on Portland-area and statewide K-12 education trends and developments, with particular attention to Portland Public Schools, the state’s largest district.
The ideal candidate will bring an enterprise-driven student-centered approach to the beat, with the skill, energy and curiosity to deliver hard-hitting agenda-setting coverage on a regular basis while also covering daily developments as needed.
This reporter will play a leadership role and make a big difference in Oregon. We intend for the senior reporter to not only shape their own coverage but also to serve as an adviser and sounding board for at least one newer-to-the profession education reporter, to help that journalist or journalists elevate the scope and ambition of their reporting and story framing.
The senior education reporter will be given latitude to choose their own priorities and highest areas of interest. The reporter will work with an editor extremely invested in their success and who has a track record of helping her reporters shine and getting their work onto the front page.
The reporter will be expected to consistently elevate the voices of students and of families of color and those navigating poverty or disability or who are otherwise too rarely heard by those in power or reflected in news coverage.
A candidate who can speak Spanish or another world language spoken widely in Oregon (such as Mandarin, Vietnamese or Russian)
fluently enough to do interviews would be considered a tremendous asset, and we will ensure the skill is used meaningfully. We will also give extra consideration to candidates with advanced data analysis skills.
The Oregonian is a highly collaborative and supportive newsroom that holds twice-daily discussions on how our journalists can better reflect the diversity of Oregon in our reporting and writing. It is essential to accurately and respectfully reflect the breadth of our community, and we strive to learn and improve on those goals each day.
REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
- Minimum of 5 years of journalism experience with a track record of clear, engaging writing, fresh story framing and diverse sourcing
- Excellent time management skills with ability to work under tight deadlines when needed
- Ability to analyze data sets to find the smart stories about graduation rates, reading proficiency, course-taking patterns, absenteeism and other key education metrics
- Inclination and ability to insist on compliance with public records and public meeting laws so as to give readers maximum transparency about education officials’ performance
- Skill at using social media and digital platforms to drive traffic and engage readers
- Experience with search engine optimization practices
- Demonstrated capability to capitalize on high-value topics
Advance Local Media offers competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package with affordable options for your healthcare including medical, dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, fertility assistance, a substantial 401k plan to help plan for your future, generous paid time off, paid parental and caregiver leave and an employee assistance program to support your work/life balance, optional legal assistance, life insurance options, as well as flexible holidays to honor cultural diversity.
Oregonian Media Group is the most trusted source for news and information in Oregon and Southwest Washington and the largest media company in the state.
Oregonian Media Group is a part of Advance Local Media, one of the largest media groups in the United States, which operates the leading news and information companies in more than 20 cities, reaching 58+ million people monthly with our quality, real-time journalism and community engagement. Our company is built upon the values of Integrity, Customer-first, Inclusiveness, Collaboration and Forward-looking. For more information about Advance Local, please visit www.advancelocal.com.
Advance Local Media is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, encouraging applications from people of all backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.
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