Staff Writer—National Education News and Enterprise

Bethesda, MD
Full Time
Experienced

Education Week, an independent, nonprofit media organization that provides news, analysis, and research on K-12 American education, is seeking a Staff Writer to join our newsroom.

Job Summary

Education Week seeks a versatile and creative general assignment reporter to cover daily news and enterprise stories across the K-12 landscape that are essential and relevant to an audience of professional educators and education policymakers. This national reporter should be skilled at spotting the education angles in big stories, pivoting quickly off daily news in the K-12 space, and producing original, enterprise reporting on a wide range of issues in education. We are in search of a skilled multi-tasker who can deliver daily journalism, as well as enterprise journalism with authority, style, voice, and clarity. They should have a passion—and track record—for collaborating with a wide range of newsroom colleagues, including beat reporters, editors, and digital and visual journalists. They should also be committed to the newsroom’s robust pace of story production.

This national, general assignment staff writer position requires a seasoned, sophisticated journalist with deep knowledge of content and audience, an infectious curiosity about complex issues, and a strong drive to report and reveal new findings and insights. We also want someone willing and able to travel to classrooms nearby and far away so they can report from schools across the country as we move into a post-pandemic era. And we are looking for a strong writer who can weave compelling narratives as easily as quick-turn breaking news and trend stories.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Pitch, report and write a range of daily, off-the-news stories, as well as short and longer-term enterprise and analytical stories that elevate EdWeek’s expertise and command of the most urgent issues in the K-12 field.
  • Collaborate with the Managing Editor, Assistant Managing Editors, and the wider newsroom to plan and coordinate coverage.
  • Maintain and deepen command of issues essential to the improvement and healthy sustaining of a vibrant public education system, including but not limited to topics such as: civics education, rigorous academic standards, access to inclusive, equitable, and excellent learning environments, and opportunities for all students regardless of background.
  • Contribute to EdWeek’s other content areas as assigned, such as special reports, special projects, and live and virtual events.
  • Contribute to print production duties, such as proofreading, as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • A minimum of 7 years of daily journalism experience, including beat reporting, writing, and partnering with visual and digital journalists. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Strong command of issues animating the K-12 field and profession with a keen eye for spotting daily news opportunities and emerging trends.
  • A sophisticated understanding of audience analytics and how to use the data to help make informed decisions on coverage, framing, and audience.
  • Excellent communication skills, with ability to foster creativity and collaboration with editing team, fellow reporters, visual and digital journalists, social media, and audience analytics teams.
  • Excellent story ideation and building skills, writing prowess, and line editing abilities, as well as command of AP style and EW style
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced, highly collaborative team environment
  • Excellent priority setting and time management skills with ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Versatility and adaptability in working with all members of editorial team and wider EdWeek organization
  • Ability and willingness to travel on occasion for reporting assignments

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.

Benefits

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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