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Staff Writer

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January 21, 2022
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Job Description

The staff writer role at Education Week is the foundation of our place as the comprehensive cornerstone of news and information for the K-12 field.

The staff writer role at Education Week is the foundation of our place as the comprehensive cornerstone of news and information for the K-12 field. In our newsroom, reporters build and own the expertise and our editors and producers collaborate with them on the wide range of ways we share that expertise with our educator audience. Reporters write stories, brainstorm data visualizations, appear in videos, and moderate live and virtual events.

This open reporter position is to cover educational technology, learning environments, and student physical and mental health and its relationship to success in school.

The Staff Writer for Technology, Learning Environments, & Student Well-Being is a core position in our newsroom and its title reflects our expansive view of education technology and its connection to students’ social and emotional well-being and academic performance. We believe the story of technology in education is not about cataloguing tech capabilities; but is instead about the influence and impact. It’s about students’ social and academic experiences and outcomes, and educator skill levels and engagement. The ways that technology is shaping the school experience and learning environments is one the most important stories of our time.

As part of a three-person reporting team, the Technology, Learning Environments, & Student Well-Being reporter is responsible for coverage showing how technology is at the intersection of virtually all the big challenges in K-12 education, shaping teaching and learning environments, curriculum, leadership, funding, equity, professional development, and the mental and physical health of students and educators.

The Staff Writer is expected to turn a critical eye on these areas, producing stories that show the strengths and weaknesses of educational technology and new instructional approaches or learning environments, examining the ways in which schools are trying to do a better job addressing the social and emotional needs of students, and providing our professional educator audience of readers with guidance and advice on how to address these big challenges in K-12 education.

The reporting team works closely with the assistant managing editor who oversees these areas of coverage to identify and produce the technology, learning environments, and student well-being stories that matter most to three key audiences: district leaders, principals, and teachers. The reporting team will collaborate with other reporting teams in the newsroom, as well as our visuals team and the EdWeek Research Center, to produce stories and information using a wide range of approaches that are visually compelling and driven by high-impact data.

We are in a pivotal moment for this reporting team. The pandemic launched a massive experiment in remote and hybrid learning that elevated and tested ed-tech tools in ways that never could have been imagined, pushing new teaching and learning approaches into schools faster than ever before. At the same time, it exacerbated big social and emotional challenges for students and educators. The results of the disruption to students’ and educators’ lives over the past two years will be parsed for years to come and this reporter will play a key role in figuring them out.

Key Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the editor, develop and execute a coverage plan on the impact of technology on K-12 education and learning environments, and for covering issues around student physical and mental health that are relevant for our key audiences.
  • Collaborate with two other beat partners in a professional, constructive way.
  • Contribute high quality content for a daily newsletter for Education Week readers and a weekly newsletter about educational technology and learning environments.
  • Maintain a thorough, up-to-date understanding of education issues and developing trends.
  • Apply professional journalistic judgment to help determine appropriate stories, with particular attention to the big technology, learning environments, and student well-being stories that will generate interest among our key audiences.
  • Plan coverage in assigned areas, spotting developing trends and conceptualizing appropriate and newsworthy stories that produce significant online engagement.
  • Write stories in an engaging yet unbiased style.
  • Write well-organized, timely, polished news articles with an analytical and authoritative “voice.”
  • Include a diversity of voices in stories, paying close attention to racial, gender, and geographic representation.
  • Build and maintain a diverse source list for these coverage areas that is utilized by the three-person reporting team and others in the newsroom.
  • Design and deliver presentations about educational technology, learning environments, student well-being, and other educational topics for key audiences of district leaders, principals, and teachers.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, and at least 3 years related experience in a news/media/information organization.
  • Strong knowledge of the field of K-12 education or experience covering news, trends, and best practices in other industries.
  • Ability to recognize news and trends and conceptualize stories and other content with an eye toward the needs of particular audience groups.
  • Strong research, reporting, and writing abilities.
  • Some comfort with public presentations either in-person or virtual.
  • Excellent hands-on editing skills, including superior command of standard written English grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation; strict attention to accuracy and the standards of professional journalism.
  • Curiosity about reader analytics and ability to learn from user data to inform story development or presentation decisions.
  • Ability to help manage projects as needed and work collaboratively across departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently; a self-starter.
  • Solid time-management and organizational skills; detail-oriented, deadline-focused, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Good team player, including willingness to assist others and share expertise.
  • Proficient in a variety of software and Web applications.
  • Background in working with data is a plus.
  • Extremely ethical and conscientious; displays a high level of integrity.
  • Strong desire and ability to embrace and learn new technologies.
  • Motivation to learn new ways of delivering content beyond written stories, through video or audio, social media, crowdsourcing, and data visualizations.
  • Strong commitment to equity and inclusion in education journalism.

The Company

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. As a leading authority in pre-K-12 education, Education Week is the comprehensive cornerstone for educators, policymakers, and business leaders, providing trusted and non-partisan journalism and research insights that inspire critical conversations and meaningful action.

Edweek.org and Education Week in print engage readers with indispensable news, actionable analysis, outside opinion and commentary, and distinctive explanatory and investigative journalism. EdWeek Market Brief, our digital intelligence report for education business leaders, provides original reporting, deep analysis and proprietary, data-driven research focused on school district purchasing and priorities. And EdWeek TopSchoolJobs connects the nation’s leading educators and business leaders with career insights and high-profile and in-demand professional opportunities. We serve the field and connect all voices in the education community with our projects across digital, print, and video platforms and through live and virtual events.

Education Week is an entrepreneurial, nonprofit media organization with a double bottom-line focus. We combine a mission orientation with a strong desire to evolve our projects to serve our audience and to ensure our growth and sustainability.
We have a long history of creating journalism and research worthy of reader support that is supported by reader revenue, first in print and then starting in 2005 with the launch of a soft digital paywall. About 75 percent of Education Week’s revenue comes from subscribers and advertisers, with remaining support coming from a committed group of philanthropic funders.

Although Education Week in print still has a solid paid subscription following, more than 70 percent of our publishing revenue comes from digital products and services. Today, we connect with close to two million visitors each month on edweek.org plus millions more through our print and off-platform channels.

Benefits and Perks

Education Week is a vibrant workplace that is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, Md. We are within a short walking distance of numerous restaurants and shops, the Metro, and are adjacent to The Capital Crescent Trail. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our staff is still working remotely, but we are beginning to transition staff back to the Bethesda office as conditions allow. 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 strongly values equity and believes in a society where all children have access to high quality K-12 education. As such, 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.

If you feel comfortable doing so, please feel free to note which pronouns you use in your application (for example - she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc.)
Education Week will not be able to sponsor applicants for work visas.

Applicants, please respond by February 7, 2022.

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