The Hechinger Report is looking for a senior editor for our award-winning news organization focused on innovation and inequality in education, with a focus on The South. The job will include assigning and editing stories that meet Hechinger’s high bar for quality in-depth investigative and explanatory journalism. The senior editor will also spend about half their time reporting and writing their own stories. They will work closely with Hechinger’s editors to plan coverage and supervise staff and freelance writers.
The coronavirus pandemic hit communities hard in the rural Deep South, where schools are already among the most ill-resourced in the nation, well-paying jobs are few and necessities like Wi-Fi, public transportation and medical insurance are often out of reach. Over the years, Hechinger’s stories have covered the resiliency and innovation of communities fighting back against an education system that has yet to eradicate systemic racism and white supremacy. Our investigations have led to policy changes that have made a real difference in children’s lives in the South.
The senior editor will expand on this critical work and help solidify our presence in the region. They will be comfortable assigning and writing stories that span from early ed to higher ed. The editor will help in identifying and reaching out to local, state and regional news partners, and will help develop innovative storytelling and engagement techniques to reach local audiences in collaboration with our web and engagement team.
The position will be remote and based in a Southern state. Exceptional candidates who do not currently live in the South but who have extensive experience covering the region may be considered for the job.
Hechinger is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Building a diverse and inclusive newsroom is integral to Hechinger’s mission. Just as we seek to elevate diverse perspectives through our journalism, we also strive to ensure that the writers and editors telling those stories come from diverse backgrounds.
The salary for this position is $80,000. Because we are housed at Teachers College at Columbia University, this position includes the College’s excellent full-time benefits package, described here.
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent professional experience
- 7 to 10 years of professional experience in journalism
- Superior line editing skills
- Top notch writing and reporting skills
- Experience and interest in the education beat
- 2 years of editing experience at a major news organization or at local and national outlets
- 7 years covering the education beat
- Investigative reporting experience
In addition to a resume and two clips of your published journalism, please prepare a one-page cover letter that answers the following questions:
- What’s the most underreported education issue in the South?
- How would you address it?