Newark Reporter

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking a journalist to serve as a reporter covering Newark schools.

Newark is an exciting place to cover education, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. The district of 36,000 students, many from low-income families, only recently transitioned back to local control after decades of state oversight. With a relatively new superintendent and a school board with new authority, the district is seeking to expand while grappling with the fallout from the coronavirus on schools. More than a third of Newark students attend charter schools — one of the largest shares in the nation — putting the city center stage in national debates about charter schools and their impact.

Chalkbeat’s Newark reporter gets to tell that story to readers locally and across the country.

Capturing this story requires strong beat and accountability 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 Newark 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 — 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?

  • Three to five 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 Newark
  • 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 including the Newark bureau, which has office space downtown.

This is a full-time position with benefits. The salary for this position ranges from salary range $70,000-$80,000 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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