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Education Writer

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August 30, 2022
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Job Description

The Education Editor will work as part of a newsroom that will shape the coverage that will appear in the daily production as well as the weekly magazine. The Education Writer is actively involved in planning for short- and long-term educational coverage and stays on top of all educational reporting efforts.

The Education Writer is interested in innovative reporting and committed to journalism that ?is ?highly distinctive, ?constructive?,? and solution-oriented.

The Monitor wants to be a tool for readers who want more than news – they want to be a part of the solution. Our education coverage is a vital part of this promise, and our team will interact frequently with our audience, through articles, social media, events, and partnerships.

The Education Writer will work as part of a news desk shaping coverage that will appear in our daily output as well as our weekly magazine. The Education Writer participates actively in planning coverage in the short- and long-term education coverage and is aware of all our education reporting efforts.

The Education Writer is responsible for compassionate, human stories, typically in the K-12 category, that get at the central role education plays in shaping thought, defining national priorities and interests, overcoming inequality, and driving progress. A particular eye should be kept on inequalities across student facilities, quality of teaching staff, and opportunity, as well as the varying practices in different communities that can still provide common positive outcomes.

The Education Writer should always approach their work with full respect for and awareness of the individuals they are covering, and should be alert to challenging the barriers that would present themselves to educational progress across a variety of fronts.

The incumbent should also embrace different forms of storytelling, both within the printed framework (e.g., 1,000-word reported stories, Q-and-As, profiles) and beyond to an occasional video or audio project. The Education Writer is capable of representing the Monitor during online and in person events. This is a full time staff position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • US-based correspondents are responsible for thoughtful coverage of their region or topic matter in keeping with the goals of the Monitor Daily and Weekly. Individuals produce well-written stories that get to the heart of Monitor values. Individuals draw on core values of fairness and integrity and keep top of mind the Monitor’s charge to “injure no man, bless all mankind.” They collaborate as needed with other writers. Individuals operate from the standpoint that the Monitor can be present in every conversation – that we can always bring light to a situation.
  • Writers must have demonstrated skill with responding to breaking news stories, while also showing mastery of features, focus-length pieces, and cover stories. The writer works with a designated editor to determine specific coverage, and works through that editor if interested in pitching a cover story.

Duties Include but Are Not Limited to the Following

  • Has mastered the basic craft and ethics of newspaper journalism and moved well beyond them in storytelling abilities. Possesses excellent writing and reporting skills and ability to self edit. Has a sharp eye for detail and sets the highest standards for accuracy and excellence.
  • Is committed to the Monitor's vision for covering news developments or feature opportunities
  • Has reliable judgment of Monitor values and standards.
  • Finds appropriate sources for direct information and comment, in a reasonable time, and deals with them professionally and productively.
  • Clearly communicates and organizes the ideas in a story under some deadline pressure.
  • Can produce a range of story types.
  • Reliably shapes or reshapes a story under normal deadline pressure.
  • Reliably spots the legal, ethical, or logical weaknesses in a story.
  • Through skill, judgment, and enterprise taps an appropriate range of primary and analytical sources.
  • Is competent regarding expense accounting and cost control.
  • Communicates regularly and effectively with Boston editors. Responds to queries from all departments in a timely fashion.
  • Team player, with the confidence to take the lead and guide others when necessary

Staff Management and Job Contacts

Reporting Relationships
Supervisor: Culture & Education Editor
Regular Contacts: Has regular contacts with other writers/newsroom staff and general public.

Job Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree plus a masters in journalism or equivalent in newspaper experience (5+ years on average) is required.

Technology Skills
Experience with EZ Publish, social media platforms.

Work Environment
Works in a home office environment with regular visits to the Boston office as needed.

Engagement with Christian Science
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, welcomes all applicants, including Christian Scientist.

Salary Range
Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, skill set, level of experience, and work location. The range of starting pay for this role is $62,555 to $81,320, and information about benefits offered is here.

Please Note

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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