EdSource, a California nonprofit organization with the state’s largest team of education reporters, is seeking aggressive and enterprising reporters to cover a number of important beats, including math and science, college affordability, and homeless and foster youth.
A successful candidate will have a proven track record of developing relevant, engaging and data-driven stories and possess multimedia skills. We’re looking for creative and resourceful reporters with a knack for distilling complex topics and education jargon into clear, compelling stories that shed new light on the latest developments in education across pre-school, K-12 and postsecondary levels.
Reporters must have excellent news judgment and bring a strong watchdog focus to their beats. Writing for EdSource provides an unusual opportunity to break from the treadmill of daily reporting, and write on the most significant changes occurring in public education at a time of major shifts in education policy.
EdSource is one of the nation’s most established and respected nonprofit journalism organizations, with a long track record of reporting on important education issues. While its principal focus is on California, EdSource covers issues within the national context of education reform and innovation.
Reporters will join an influential and growing organization recognized as one of the most authoritative sources of education reporting in a state with the largest system of public education in the nation. Articles are published online, in daily email newsletters, and through partnerships with other news organizations.
Preference is for full-time positions to be based in Oakland or Los Angeles. Consideration also will be given for a reporter to be based in the Central Valley. Opportunities for experienced freelancers also may be available.
At least 5 years of professional media experience, preferably working with a daily journalism publication;
Excellent writing skills, along with the ability to report aggressively and place issues within a larger context;
Creative self-starter who is eager to explore new ways of covering issues in education through multimedia digital formats;
Strong digital skills, including podcast and video experience, are a plus;
Background in education reporting and children’s issues preferred but not required;
Proven ability to work independently under deadline pressures, and as part of a team; commitment to working collaboratively.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Write lively and knowledgeable stories in a variety of styles and formats, including enterprise, investigative and breaking news stories;
Maintain an active online presence, as well as develop new ways to build an audience;
Contribute to new media strategies in response to ongoing changes in the communications landscape.
Along with the opportunity to do meaningful work with a team of experienced journalists, EdSource offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a range of medical plans, a retirement savings plan, generous vacation leave and paid holidays, as well as professional development opportunities.
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EdSource believes that access to a quality education is an important right of all children. We further believe that an informed, involved public is necessary to strengthen California’s schools for the benefit of the state’s children, its civic life and its economy.
EdSource works to engage Californians on key education challenges with the goal of enhancing learning success. It does so by providing timely, useful and accurate information to key education stakeholders and the larger public; advancing awareness of major education initiatives being implemented in California and nationally; and highlighting effective models and strategies intended to improve student outcomes, as well as identifying areas that are in need of repair or reform.
Over a period of more than three decades, EdSource has established its reputation as a highly respected source of education information, research and analysis. It has now emerged as the pre-eminent multi-media education platform for the state, which with over 6 million students is the largest and most diverse public education system in the nation.
Since its founding in 1977, EdSource has broadened its focu...s to include a broad range of education reforms, including early education and preschools, charter schools, school accountability, STEM education, teacher evaluation and obstacles students face in the math pipeline from pre-kindergarten to college. In 2012, it launched its journalism and communications arms, EdSource Today, which now comprises the largest education reporting staff of any newsroom in the state.
The expertise of EdSource’s staff of reporters, writers, and communication and outreach specialists is strengthened by a statewide Board of Directors made up of distinguished leaders from diverse education constituencies.