Suburban Schools Beat Reporter
The Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle, Texas’ largest newspaper, will soon inaugurate a digital-first suburban schools beat aimed at covering extensive ground across Houston’s vast suburbs and using dozens of area school districts to explore educational trends that resonate with readers across the region. This new beat will be built upon a constantly updated vertical that will become a must read for parents interested in news and information that will not only tell them what’s happening in the schools but how they can better navigate testing, homework and local school bureaucracies. Think posts, lists, card stacks, info graphics and aggregations that are newsy, analytic and explanatory. The successful candidate for this new position needs to be truly digital first, highly productive and innovative when it comes to storytelling, crowd sourcing and using our websites and social platforms to cover terrain and connect with readers. At opportune moments, he or she must also possess the formulation skills and writing ability to step back and weave the beat’s varied digital content into long-form takeouts for A1 and A3 of the newspaper. A strong interest in education reporting is a prerequisite, as is a fluency in, and a passion for, innovations in digital journalism. Interested candidates should contact Vernon Loeb, Paul Bomberger or Tony Freemantle as soon as possible. Interested candidates should send clips, a resume and a cover letter to Vernon Loeb, managing editor, at Vernon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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