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Reporter
Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking a hard-charging reporter in our New York bureau.

You will join our award-winning team as we cover one of the most important stories of the moment: how students in the nation’s largest school system are faring after years of disruptions to teaching and learning.

Against this backdrop, a new mayor and chancellor are confronting myriad issues: fights over school budgets, tension around admissions to selective programs, and debates over literacy instruction. Chalkbeat has been at the forefront of these and other stories, breaking news and providing smart analysis of the implications on policy and politics.

Since the start of the pandemic, we have investigated how safe the air is in city schools and examined how some families faced educational neglect charges for keeping children home from school for health concerns. We dove deep into the mayor’s new choice for chancellor and explored the ongoing challenge to feed the 1 in 4 NYC children struggling with hunger.

We’re looking for a reporter who can jump in immediately, contribute smart ideas, and execute both quick-turn and long-term enterprise stories on vitally important aspects affecting NYC’s nearly 1 million students, such as school integration, admissions policies, and early childhood education.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and care about having impact.

You can balance quick-turn news stories with enterprise work and have experience planning longer-term projects.

You’re eager for scoops, brimming with story ideas, and are curious to find unexplored angles on storylines.

You bring a keen eye to meeting coverage and are eager to understand how the school system works for or against different kinds of people.

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 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 New York City
  • 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 of $80,000 to $90,000 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.

Please submit your application at the following link; https://grnh.se/316d2d7b3us

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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