Staff Writer: Education Policy and Politics
Education Week, a nonprofit media organization that provides news, analysis, and research on K-12 American education, is seeking a Staff Writer to join our newsroom.
Education Week seeks a versatile general assignment reporter to cover district, state, and federal policy and political developments in K-12 education and related social and cultural trend pieces, framing the coverage for professional educators and education policymakers. This reporter should be adept at pivoting off the daily news; providing sidebars and content derivatives independently and with beat reporters; and working across editorial teams. They should have experience covering government and politics; proven source development skills; and the ability to deliver daily work as well as enterprise content with style, voice, edge, and clarity.
- Maintain a thorough understanding of assigned beat
- Pitch and deliver a mix of daily and longer-term enterprise work on your beat
- Write clear, authoritative articles that present complex information and issues fairly and completely
- Meet daily and longer-term deadlines consistently
- Collaborate regularly with visual journalists and digital news strategists to deliver content in a variety of compelling storytelling forms, and with the social media team on reporting and audience engagement.
- Develop a deep understanding of the Education Week audience
- Assist with and moderate live and virtual events for Education Week as assigned
- Adhere to Education Week and Associated Press style
- Contribute to production duties, such as proofreading, as assigned
Qualifications and Skills:
- 5 or more years as a reporter and a bachelor’s degree
- Knowledge and understanding of K-12 education issues and trends
- Strong news judgment: ability to recognize news and conceptualize stories for Education Week audiences
- High metabolism for story production
- Strong collaboration skills with visual journalists, digital news strategists, fellow reporters, and editors
- Strong writing skills, including the ability to craft stories clearly, concisely, and accurately on daily deadlines
- Ability to juggle daily assignments with longer-term enterprise work and to meet reporting and writing deadlines
- Ability and willingness to travel on occasion for on-site school reporting assignments
- Excellent communication skills
About Education Week
We are principled. We are welcoming. We are passionate. We are expert.
Education Week (www.edweek.org),America’s most trusted source of K-12 education news, analysis, and opinion, is a digital-first news operation that is dedicated to raising the level of awareness and understanding among professionals and the public of important issues in American education. A leading authority in an ever-evolving space, we bring over four decades of experience to our journalism and research without bias or agenda.
Education Week’s parent company, Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), is a non-profit media organization that serves the nation’s leading K-12 policymakers, educators, researchers, marketers and other influencers with informed, independent, and highly respected journalism and research, with the goal of improving U.S. K-12 education. At Education Week, we believe that an equitable—and excellent—education for all students is possible, and we empower the field to make it a reality.
Education Week is a vibrant workplace that is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, MD right outside of Washington, D.C. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental insurance, a 401(k), PTO, and tuition assistance. We value innovation, leadership, and forward thinking, and provide a friendly, intellectual, challenging work environment where employees can thrive and grow professionally.
Education Week is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. EdWeek is committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.
Education Week will not be able to sponsor applicants for work visas.
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