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News Photographer - WCIV

WCIV is looking for a creative and dedicated full-time News Photojournalist! We are seeking someone who can see beyond the lens and bring back compelling stories. The candidate should have one to two years of ENG experience with a network affiliate news organization. You will cover day to day general, in-depth features and investigative assignments. We are shooting full High-definition (HD) on SD cards and editing on desktops and laptops. 

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Morning News Multimedia Journalist - WJAC-TV

WJAC-TV is looking for an experienced reporter for our weekday morning show. You must be an excellent story teller! If you are a morning person with a great personality and strong storytelling skills then this is a great opportunity for you! We want someone who has the energy and creativity to do compelling live shots for 4 hours of live morning news each weekday. You must be creative, a strong writer, a good communicator, possess great live skills, and have solid news judgment. You should also have the ability to go from light news to breaking news at any given time. Our morning reporters are also expected to turn packages for later newscasts and provide daily social media content. 

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Investigative Reporter - WJAC-TV

WJAC-TV seeks an enterprising and aggressive reporter to join our team as an Investigative Reporter. We are looking for someone with a clear understanding of how to dig for a story, research it, write it with an edge, and use strong storytelling and TV production to make it impactful and memorable. Knowledge of the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) process, computer-assisted reporting, and data-driven reporting is required along with familiarity of legal issues related to investigative television news reporting are required. Strong writing skills and knowledge of current events is essential. Dynamic live television and storytelling skills are a must.

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Chicago Bureau Chief

Job Description

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a seasoned journalist with management experience to serve as our first Chicago bureau chief.

Chicago is in the midst of sweeping changes with far-reaching consequences for students and families, educators, and communities. 

Chicago is living an education paradox: Poverty, violence, and deep segregation present steep challenges for students, their families, and their schools. After a last-minute budget deal, the city school district remains on the brink of financial disaster. At the same time, Chicago boasts one of the fastest-improving big city school systems in the nation, a conclusion so unexpected that a Stanford researcher double-checked his work before confirming it.

Amid these highs and lows, Chicago’s public schools face a slew of changes at every level of the school system. In the K-12 system, school closures and bureaucratic overhauls have made a complicated system more confusing for many families. City officials also want to lead the country by dramatically growing the number of children enrolled in public prekindergarten, and, controversially, by not allowing students to graduate unless they have a plan for what to do next. 

The bureau chief will lead our Chicago bureau’s coverage, with a focus on bottom-up reporting on the debate around how to create educational equity. This is a “player-coach” role, meaning you’ll be balancing both management of staff and your own reporting. You will oversee a growing team, starting with one reporter and adding others within a year, and be responsible for story budgets; readership growth; and impact, working with senior editors to help shape stories on the front end so they connect to the important story Chalkbeat is telling across the country. (You may pinch-hit on editing when one of our ace story editors is out, too.) You’ll also serve as Chalkbeat’s public face in Chicago, working with our experienced leadership to build a local community strategy and representing the organization at public events. Finally, you’ll oversee the bureau’s budget and office with support from Chalkbeat’s central network. 

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power a good story can wield. You find coaching reporters energizing, from helping them connect the dots across several incremental stories to instructing them in the fine art of source-building. You can balance quick news hits with enterprise work, and have experience planning longer-term investigative projects. While you love being on the ground and in the community, you’re also inspired by the idea of collaborating with colleagues across the Chalkbeat network to learn and share best practices and get the support you need to lead your team to greatness. You can serve as a guide for our readers—school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens—in explaining how the city works. And you’re not afraid to call its leaders to task when warranted. 

What background and skills do you have?

  • Strong track record in journalism, preferably in digital, with a focus on public policy issues
  • Familiarity with Chicago and experience covering the news here
  • Proven strategies for building an effective team and experience managing direct reports
  • Experience managing budgets and other administrative duties preferred
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with curious reporters and skeptical editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a week-long paid winter break.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

How to Apply

Please send links to five relevant clips, a PDF of your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and where you heard about it to careers@chalkbeat.org. Include “Chicago Bureau Chief” in the subject line. Chalkbeat is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Chalkbeat encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations and marital statuses to apply.

 

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Newark Senior Reporter

Job Description

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a seasoned reporter to serve as our first Newark senior reporter.

Newark represents a key challenge in education: a concentration of poor students in a place with few resources. It’s also a place where some of the most powerful people have insisted that the problems of poverty can be solved with the right combination of policies, outsiders, and money. Tracking those efforts and their effects on students and the city is one of the most important and interesting stories in American education. Chalkbeat’s senior reporter gets to tell that story to readers locally and across the country.

The senior reporter will be Chalkbeat’s face and voice in Newark, developing and executing stories that tell this important story and building relationships with key players in the local community. You’ll also collaborate with our growing team of experienced education journalists in other locations.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Being the best beat reporter covering education in Newark by developing strong, reliable sources; advancing stories over time; and keeping an eye on people on the ground and in seats of power;
  • Writing 2-3 stories a week, ranging from breaking news and quick hits to enterprise and investigative projects, as appropriate;
  • Explaining what’s important about education change in Newark to readers locally and nationally;
  • Communicating with readers through a weekly newsletter, social media, and the reporting process.

What background and skills do you have?

  • An experienced beat reporter, especially about urban issues;
  • Passionate about the future of American cities and their children;
  • Familiar with issues affecting urban education and early childhood education;
  • Comfortable working on your own as well as being part of a remote team; and
  • Hungry to break news and and enthusiastic about creating new models for sustainable journalism.

Bonus points if you’ve got:

  • Connections to Newark
  • The ability to report in Spanish
  • Experience covering money and power

We’re launching our coverage in Newark, led by the senior reporter, as a one-year pilot with the potential to extend. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a week-long paid winter break.

About Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

How to Apply

Please send links to five relevant clips, a PDF of your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and where you heard about it to careers@chalkbeat.org. Include “Newark Senior Reporter” in the subject line. Chalkbeat is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Chalkbeat encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations and marital statuses to apply.

 

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Detroit Reporter ( Detroit Michigan)

Job Description

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a skilled early career reporter in the city of Detroit.

Detroit’s schools are at the center of a national conversation about urban education. A robust system of school choice, engineered in part by Betsy DeVos before she became U.S. education secretary, has thrust the city’s education landscape into chaos. Low test scores have made the city a national symbol of educational crisis. And extreme poverty deepens the challenges. But at the same time, Detroit’s schools have the potential to see change as a new school board and new superintendent take control of the district, which has been freed from the debts of the old Detroit Public Schools. And community groups are also exploring new ways to address the needs of the city’s youngest children.

This reporter will cover these dynamics at a pivotal moment for the city. You’ll primarily be responsible for conceiving and executing daily stories that help people understand how breaking news connects to the big picture, and how public policy decisions impact and connect to the people and institutions in Detroit. You’ll also lead our early childhood education coverage and cover English language learners, special education, and other issues facing students. You’ll collaborate with our product team as Chalkbeat comes up with innovative ways to present news and distribute stories. Finally, you’ll communicate and build relationships with readers and key players in the local community through our weekly newsletter, social media and the reporting process.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power a good story can wield. You’re a self-starter who is hungry to break news, eager to understand and inform vital public policy debates, and enthusiastic about creating new models for sustainable journalism. You’re a strong beat reporter who can develop reliable sources and beat the competition. You’ve got the ability to write a range of stories, from breaking news, to enterprise and long-term investigative projects. Most important, you can serve as a guide for our readers—school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens—in explaining how the city works. And you’re not afraid to call its leaders to task when warranted.

What background and skills do you have?

  • At least three years of reporting experience, preferably in digital, with a focus on public policy issues
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Background in data journalism and visual production is a plus
  • Passion for education and the future of Detroit and its children is a must
  • Knowledge of early childhood education, K-12 education, pathways to college, and state and city policy issues are strong pluses, but not required

This position can be based from a home office in the Detroit area or from our shared office space in Midtown Detroit.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

How to Apply

Please send links to five relevant clips, a PDF of your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and where you heard about it to careers@chalkbeat.org. Include “Detroit Reporter” in the subject line. Chalkbeat is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Chalkbeat encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations and marital statuses to apply.

 

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Detroit Reporter ( Detroit Michigan)

Job Description

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a skilled early career reporter in the city of Detroit.

Detroit’s schools are at the center of a national conversation about urban education. A robust system of school choice, engineered in part by Betsy DeVos before she became U.S. education secretary, has thrust the city’s education landscape into chaos. Low test scores have made the city a national symbol of educational crisis. And extreme poverty deepens the challenges. But at the same time, Detroit’s schools have the potential to see change as a new school board and new superintendent take control of the district, which has been freed from the debts of the old Detroit Public Schools. And community groups are also exploring new ways to address the needs of the city’s youngest children.

This reporter will cover these dynamics at a pivotal moment for the city. You’ll primarily be responsible for conceiving and executing daily stories that help people understand how breaking news connects to the big picture, and how public policy decisions impact and connect to the people and institutions in Detroit. You’ll also lead our early childhood education coverage and cover English language learners, special education, and other issues facing students. You’ll collaborate with our product team as Chalkbeat comes up with innovative ways to present news and distribute stories. Finally, you’ll communicate and build relationships with readers and key players in the local community through our weekly newsletter, social media and the reporting process.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power a good story can wield. You’re a self-starter who is hungry to break news, eager to understand and inform vital public policy debates, and enthusiastic about creating new models for sustainable journalism. You’re a strong beat reporter who can develop reliable sources and beat the competition. You’ve got the ability to write a range of stories, from breaking news, to enterprise and long-term investigative projects. Most important, you can serve as a guide for our readers—school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens—in explaining how the city works. And you’re not afraid to call its leaders to task when warranted.

What background and skills do you have?

  • At least three years of reporting experience, preferably in digital, with a focus on public policy issues
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Background in data journalism and visual production is a plus
  • Passion for education and the future of Detroit and its children is a must
  • Knowledge of early childhood education, K-12 education, pathways to college, and state and city policy issues are strong pluses, but not required

This position can be based from a home office in the Detroit area or from our shared office space in Midtown Detroit.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

How to Apply

Please send links to five relevant clips, a PDF of your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and where you heard about it to careers@chalkbeat.org. Include “Detroit Reporter” in the subject line. Chalkbeat is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Chalkbeat encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations and marital statuses to apply.

 

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Story Editor

Job Description

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a story editor with digital experience to make our news stories sing.

The story editor will be responsible for editing a mix of articles out of our five local bureaus: Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, New York, and Tennessee. Stories will vary among news pieces, step-back analyses, and longer enterprise work, and each day will be different. You will work with the managing editor, digital producer, and local reporters to ready stories for publication on our website, and coordinate with the growth editor for social promotion. You will also work with the managing editor to help connect the dots across bureaus and ensure that Chalkbeat is telling a cohesive overarching story. 

The story editor will provide crucial perspective, adding regional or national context where needed and ensuring that stories read logically, adhere to Chalkbeat style, and are properly sourced. While each piece that comes across the transom is different, all of our stories taken together should add up to a coherent whole, and the story editor is essential to achieving that goal through a mix of line editing, copy editing, and pulled-back critical thinking.

Who are you?

You respect the power of the (virtual) red pen, craft grabby headlines, and geek out on style guides. Although this position does not manage writers directly, you possess a mentoring spirit that’s able to coax the best story possible from reporters both green and seasoned. You believe that it’s better to teach than to tell. You live by your gut instinct for a good story and whack your way through unnecessary words to sniff out the best angle. Nut graphs? You slay them. 

What background and skills do you have?

  • 5+ years’ experience in journalism and/or digital content creation
  • Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing 
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with opinionated reporters and editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required
  • Journalism experience in New York, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago, Newark, and/or the Bay Area is a plus

The ideal candidate is based in New York, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Memphis, or Washington, DC. Remote candidates will also be considered.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess. We will also consider a part-time schedule for the right candidate.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

How to Apply

Please send a PDF of your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and where you heard about it to careers@chalkbeat.org. Include “Story Editor” in the subject line. Chalkbeat is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Chalkbeat encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations and marital statuses to apply.

 

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Story Editor

Job Description

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a story editor with digital experience to make our news stories sing.

The story editor will be responsible for editing a mix of articles out of our five local bureaus: Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, New York, and Tennessee. Stories will vary among news pieces, step-back analyses, and longer enterprise work, and each day will be different. You will work with the managing editor, digital producer, and local reporters to ready stories for publication on our website, and coordinate with the growth editor for social promotion. You will also work with the managing editor to help connect the dots across bureaus and ensure that Chalkbeat is telling a cohesive overarching story. 

The story editor will provide crucial perspective, adding regional or national context where needed and ensuring that stories read logically, adhere to Chalkbeat style, and are properly sourced. While each piece that comes across the transom is different, all of our stories taken together should add up to a coherent whole, and the story editor is essential to achieving that goal through a mix of line editing, copy editing, and pulled-back critical thinking.

Who are you?

You respect the power of the (virtual) red pen, craft grabby headlines, and geek out on style guides. Although this position does not manage writers directly, you possess a mentoring spirit that’s able to coax the best story possible from reporters both green and seasoned. You believe that it’s better to teach than to tell. You live by your gut instinct for a good story and whack your way through unnecessary words to sniff out the best angle. Nut graphs? You slay them. 

What background and skills do you have?

  • 5+ years’ experience in journalism and/or digital content creation
  • Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing 
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with opinionated reporters and editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required
  • Journalism experience in New York, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago, Newark, and/or the Bay Area is a plus

The ideal candidate is based in New York, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Memphis, or Washington, DC. Remote candidates will also be considered.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess. We will also consider a part-time schedule for the right candidate.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

How to Apply

Please send a PDF of your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and where you heard about it to careers@chalkbeat.org. Include “Story Editor” in the subject line. Chalkbeat is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Chalkbeat encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations and marital statuses to apply.

 

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Host/Producer - Public Radio

Mid-major market! NPR-Affiliate! Opportunity to demonstrate Host, Producer and Reporter skills. Are you a digital and social media journalist capable of working most holidays and supporting WCPN’s presentation of the NPR magazines? If so, Northeast Ohio is calling you.

 

Take advantage of an excellent opportunity to extend your presentation and journalistic skills. Collaborate with key decision-makers in content and work at a public service media institution. We are looking for a star… only apply if your goals reach to the moon.

 

Must have demonstrated ability to produce in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multiple media environment.

To apply go to: www.ideastream.org/careers and click on the job title. Scroll down to the application link.

Position Summary:
The primary role of this position is to serve as a fill-in Host/Producer for morning and afternoon drive Host/Producer positions. Additionally, this Full Time Host/Producer will create cuts, spots, two-ways, debriefs and/or feature material for use on the NPR newsmagazines. Create digital and social media journalistic content, host and moderate community event conversations and news presentations.

2. Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Perform on-air, online or in person hosting duties of assigned programming across multiple media platforms such as radio, TV, web, podcasts or community forums with a style that is credible, conversational and polished.
  • May conduct live or prerecorded, in-depth interviews with newsmakers, news analysts, experts and others.
  • Write newscasts based on ideastream newsroom reporting, wire copy and other sources.
  • Respond to breaking news and tight deadlines quickly and professionally.
  • Produce and publish content (drawn from multiple internal and external sources) for fast turnaround publishing to ideastream digital platforms; this includes some original reporting. Integrate images, audio, video, links to other resources and other content as appropriate.
  • Create multimedia presentations using content that could include photo slideshows, graphics, data visualization, tables, extra audio, video, sidebar stories, etc.
  • Serve as a reporter generating story development and production as directed.
  • Closely collaborate with Manager of Web & Social Media to create public interaction and dissemination of engaging content through social media.
  • Curate and aggregate materials to be posted on websites, included on podcasts and other new media
  • Consistently engage with audiences in comment threads or social media venues.
  • Closely collaborate with News Department and participate in editorial meetings as assigned.
  • Participate, and often drive, community engagement activity
  • Participate in on or off air fundraisers and outreach activities as assigned
  • Takes direction from Station Manager with respect to collaboration with operations, traffic and content
  • Perform other duties as assigned.




3. Qualifications

Knowledge/skills/aptitudes:

Demonstrated creative and analytic journalistic abilities. Demonstrated production skills in digital, radio and/or TV, including non-linear and audio editing software and techniques or aptitude to be trained to use those tools. Demonstrated ability to utilize engagement and/or research towards the production of journalistic content. Familiarity with multiple content platforms – audio, video, online, print and social media venues. Familiarity with public radio journalism a plus. Must be a strong writer and interviewer with demonstrated judgment. Should have pleasant on and off-air delivery and credible presence. Ability to use computers to research, enter, access and retrieve data. Use word processing software.
Demonstrated knowledge of cutting edge and innovative uses of media, journalism and technology. Curiosity about and willingness to experiment with new technologies and processes. Good organizational skills. Meets deadlines. Team player capable of taking direction, contributing to group discussion, and working well with others. Problem solving skills.

Experience:

Moderate experience as a full-time journalist, including professional level work in broadcasting. Experience in moderating conversations either live or online. Demonstrated proficient hosting abilities. Digital and social media experience preferred.

Education:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience.

Essential Physical Demands and Working Environment:

Ability to see, communicate, hear and utilize electronic communication and production devices. Ability to travel to offsite venues as needed. Able to work a widely variable schedule, including early mornings and evenings as scheduled. Clearly understood speaking voice.

 

ideastream is an equal opportunity employer~ we value diversity in our workplace

 

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