The Chronicle of Higher Education is seeking an enterprising reporter to join our daily-news team. The reporter will cover a range of issues shedding light on higher education in a time of change — with a particular focus on the experiences of the faculty members at the center of the academic enterprise.
Your chief responsibility will be to produce smart, engaging coverage that speaks to the themes and concerns that touch professors and administrators every day. You'll write about the working life of professors, including career development, workplace culture, and the processes of writing, conducting research, and publishing. Through creative story ideas and careful reporting, your work will shed light on the everyday experiences of scholars whose roles are increasingly public and, in many cases, increasingly tenuous. You'll also investigate the varied ways that institutions are grappling with disruptions in the economy, shifts in student demographics, evolving state and federal policies, and concerns about diversity, inclusion, and campus climates.
We're looking for a smooth, confident writer who combines a deep understanding of higher education with strong news judgment. The right candidate has at least three years of experience and is a natural storyteller who can mine new sources to generate creative and distinctive story ideas, framed for a national audience. You'll need to be self-motivated and proactive, eager to collaborate with others, attuned to how news is distributed online, and flexible enough to juggle multiple stories and approaches at once. You'll write often on deadline, and you'll look to drive conversations about the big issues facing the profession.
The Chronicle is independently owned and based in Washington, D.C. Our pay is commensurate with experience, and our benefits are among the best in the business.
If this sounds like the place you want to make your mark, send a cover letter, resume, five clips, and five brief pitches for story ideas to email@example.com.