Education Week is currently seeking a smart, ambitious reporter to help us find fresh ways to engage and serve one of our largest and most dynamic audiences: teachers.
The Staff Writer must have solid reporting, writing, and editing skills; a commitment to covering the teaching profession, including issues of diversity; the ability to use social media and other tools to engage audience members; and an interest in understanding and investigating our audience, with an eye toward teachers. The role is a hybrid of sorts: It involves web production, working with freelance opinion writers (many of whom are teachers), managing social media, and helping steer our digital strategy, in addition to writing news stories. We need someone digitally savvy, conscientious, and solution-focused, who thrives in the fast-paced and ever-changing environment that is digital news.
- Bachelor’s degree, 2-4 years related experience in a news/media/information organization.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the field of K-12 education; dedicated to the mission of Education Week, edweek.org, events, and EPE.
- Excellent news judgment; ability to recognize news and trends in education and conceptualize appropriate stories and other content with an eye to the teacher audience.
- Skilled research, reporting, and writing abilities.
- Excellent hands-on editing skills, including superior command of standard written English grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation; strict attention to accuracy and the standards of professional journalism.
- Curiosity about reader analytics and ability to use data about audience trends to steer content.
- Leadership skills; ability to manage projects as needed and work collaboratively across departments.
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate internally across departments and externally with freelancers, sources, and other partners.
- Demonstrated ability to work well independently; a self-starter.
- Solid time-management and organizational skills; detail-oriented, deadline-focused, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Good team player, including willingness to assist others and share expertise.
- Proficient in a variety of software and Web applications, including social-media platforms, as the job requires.
- Extremely ethical and conscientious; displays a high level of integrity.
- Strong desire and ability to embrace and learn new technologies.
Responsibilities may include:
- Maintain a thorough, up-to-date understanding of education issues and developing trends.
- Apply professional journalistic judgment to help determine appropriate stories, with particular attention to the teacher audience, and decide how to present the content across platforms.
- Plan coverage in assigned areas, spotting developing trends and conceptualizing appropriate and newsworthy stories.
- Investigate the teacher audience and assist in making technical and editorial changes backed by data to better serve readers.
- Write blog posts in an engaging yet unbiased style.
- Write well-organized, timely, polished news articles with an analytical and authoritative “voice.”
- Assist with web and print production, including e-newsletters.
- Work with freelancers on opinion pieces that would be of-interest to the teacher audience.
- Assist with the conception, planning, promotion, and execution of live and virtual events as needed.
- Use social media to promote content in a journalistic manner, engage target audiences, develop community, and make content more visible to potential readers.
- Help lead digital strategy for publications and products aimed at teachers.
- Keep abreast of trends and new technologies/platforms; recommend and implement new social media initiatives as appropriate.
Education Week (www.edweek.org), America’s most trusted source of K-12 education news, analysis, and opinion, is a digital-first news operation with a 37-year track record in print and online journalism that is dedicated to raising the level of awareness and understanding among professionals and the public of important issues in American education.
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.
EPE is a vibrant workplace that is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, MD. We are within short walking distance of numerous restaurants and shops, the Metro, and are adjacent to The Capital Crescent Trail. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental insurance, a 401(k), and an on-site gym. We value innovation, leadership, and forward-thinking, and provide a friendly, intellectual, challenging work environment where employees can thrive and grow professionally.
To apply to be an important member of our team, submit your resume, cover letter, writing samples, and salary expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Staff Writer – Teacher.” We will accept applications on a rolling basis; however, to be considered with the first batch of applications, please submit your materials by Monday, Feb. 26. EOE