Reporter (Education Lab)
The Seattle Times
Do you know IDEA from ESSA, the Star Report from the Heckman Equation? Do you want to move beyond toxicity in news? Are you insatiably curious about the different factors that shape the experience of childhood in America today?
If so, we want you to join us as a Reporter on our dynamic education team. As part of this trailblazing group, you would contribute to Education Lab, a community-funded project that takes a Solutions Journalism approach to public education.
The full educational spectrum, from birth (or even before it) through college is your oyster. We want you to use investigative skills to illuminate problems and find the most promising responses – then turn those findings into beautiful copy and other forms of storytelling. These stories might be outside our region, so we’ll send you there. We want you to use empathy to bring new voices to our coverage, to consider engagement and human connection as you work.
Successful candidates will have experience covering early-education programs, K-12 schools and colleges, and a strong understanding of education trends, policies and challenges at the state, local and federal level. We can’t wait to find you.
- Experience: This position requires a minimum of four years’ reporting experience, preferably in a daily newspaper or website. You should have at least a year with a specific emphasis on education.
- Education: College graduate or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Be curious, source up and read widely to the point where you have a diverse, ever-growing story list that mixes daily stories with longer-term features.
- Report with humanity: Use good, empathetic interview techniques to gain a better understanding of your story and the people who are in it.
- Write with authority based on understanding of your subject matter. Write with a flair that shows your excellent command of language. Self-edit for crisp, clean copy on multiple platforms.
- Take on new challenges. Produce enterprise stories and stay ahead of news by anticipating or uncovering developments. Be willing to anchor a series or project.
- Dig! Be comfortable filing public records requests and flexing your investigative muscles on a daily basis.
- Analyze and interrogate databases to find your own story ideas.
- Produce Solutions Journalism, stories that interrogate responses to problems.
- Pitch solutions stories outside our region, travel there and turn your reporting into narrative features that are relevant to our local audience.
- Engagement is baked into our DNA, so consider it while reporting.
- Use social media appropriately: to lead conversations, listen for stories and find sources.
- You have unimpeachable ethics and standards.
This position will require union dues be paid monthly as a condition of employment. To be eligible, applicants must be willing to undergo a criminal background check, a drug screen for controlled substances (including marijuana), and must have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
We’re trying to build out a team that continues to reflect the rich cultural diversity of the community we cover. Education Lab is part of the Seattle Times, a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through clutter and provides our established audience of 1.9 million with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that has impact.
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