Work at Chalkbeat
Want to help us cover the effort to transform public education? Do you believe in building the future of strong, sustainable journalism? Do you love to learn on the job?
Chalkbeat is hiring mission-driven journalists, business staff, and technologists who believe an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Join us as we seek to provide deep, local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools.
Director of Product
We’re seeking a director of product to lead our product and UX team. You’ll develop a product strategy that advances Chalkbeat’s mission, resonates with our audience, and drives toward our key performance indicators: readership, loyalty, and revenue. You might be a news nerd or someone who loves reading policy papers, but you’re definitely inspired by our daily journalism and our mission of educational equity. You excel at communication and recognize the importance of conveying the why and how in addition to the what. You’re skilled at presenting data findings, knowing that product strategy is meaningless without the data to support it. You shine at problem-solving in highly collaborative environments and bring clarity to complex situations.
New York Bureau Chief
We’re seeking a bureau chief in New York who is a seasoned journalist with management experience that will lead our 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’ll oversee our reporting team and are responsible for guiding our coverage decisions and priorities, working with reporters and senior editors to help shape stories on the front end so they connect to the important story Chalkbeat is telling across the country. You’ll also represent Chalkbeat at public events and build local community strategies.
We’re seeking reporters in the city of Chicago (veteran reporters and up-and-coming journalists alike). Chicago is in the midst of sweeping changes with far-reaching consequences for students and families, educators, and communities. Reporters who join our team will cover these dynamics at a pivotal moment. You won’t just be responsible for conceiving and executing daily news stories; you’ll be tasked with providing crucial context for what is happening, who is affected, and why. You’ll analyze public policy decisions at the district and state level and assess the impact on educators, families, and communities. You will scrutinize the people calling the shots. You’ll also tell stories about Chicago’s students, using a combination of data and on-the-ground reporting to bring schools’ struggles and triumphs to light. You’ll collaborate with the Chalkbeat team in both the Chicago bureau and nationwide to deliver content in innovative ways. Finally, you’ll communicate and build relationships with readers and key players in the local community through our weekday newsletters, social media, and events.
We’re seeking a skilled reporter in the city of Detroit. Detroit’s schools are at the center of a national conversation about urban education, and you’ll cover this story 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.
Chalkbeat is looking for a passionate, enterprising reporter to join our national reporting team. 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’re currently in six locations, and we’re about to be in one more, Chicago. Now, we’re looking for an additional reporter to join our two-person national team to help cover the organizations and ideas that span the country and shape what happens locally. You’ll be responsible for writing a range of stories at a fast clip. A typical week in your reporting life might include profiling a growing charter school network, breaking news about a national teachers union, and synthesizing local stories about challenges facing refugee students.
Story Editor (Part-Time)
We’re seeking a part-time 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 seven local bureaus. 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.
2018 Summer Internship
We’re seeking motivated undergraduate or graduate students to serve as summer reporting interns at our five local bureaus, as well as our national bureau covering education issues affecting schools across the country. The 10-week paid internship from June-August 2018 will offer student journalists the opportunity to undertake daily education news assignments, to work on enterprise stories, and to participate in the life of our reporting teams in every way.
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.