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.

Executive editor

Chalkbeat is looking for an executive editor to lead the day-to-day editorial and operational management of the editorial team, with an eye toward future expansion.

Reporting directly to Elizabeth Green, Chalkbeat’s cofounder, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief, the executive editor will be responsible for executing the strategy set by senior leadership and overseeing the editorial arm of this mission-driven news organization that provides deep, local coverage of education policy and practice. You will manage the editorial calendar and work with four local editors, the national editor, and the enterprise editor to shepherd daily and longer-form journalism to publication. You will directly manage those six editors and indirectly oversee a team of 13 reporters across offices in New York, Colorado, Indiana, Detroit, and Tennessee—with more to come down the line. You will be responsible for setting readership and journalistic impact targets, and then coaching the team to achieve those goals. You will also work closely with the Director of Product and Growth on web and app development, and constantly be on the lookout for new digital trends.

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National reporter

Chalkbeat is looking for a passionate, enterprising reporter to cover the education trends, people, and ideas that span the entire country and shape what happens locally.

You’ll be responsible for writing a range of stories at a fast pace. A typical week in your reporting life might include explaining why a research finding matters to teachers; synthesizing local stories about challenges facing refugee students; unpacking what the latest news out of the U.S. education department means for states, districts, teachers, and students; and chronicling education policy cameos on your favorite TV show.

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Operations Associate

Chalkbeat, a nonprofit education news organization, is looking for a smart, organized and entrepreneurial team member to coordinate our day-to-day operations and help build strong systems to support our rapid growth. The right candidate will be someone who is passionate about operations, is looking for a position that has room for growth, and is willing to work on tasks big and small to further Chalkbeat’s expansion. The ideal team member views operations as a positive support to the organization’s mission, and never as a bureaucratic obstacle to serving the needs of our team. The Operations Associate reports directly to Chalkbeat’s Chief Operating Officer.

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Part-Time Bookkeeper

Chalkbeat is seeking a Part-Time Bookkeeper to assist with Chalkbeat’s day-to-day financial operations in accordance with standard accounting procedures. The Part-Time Bookkeeper reports directly to Chalkbeat’s Finance Manager.

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Paid summer education reporting internships available.

Interns will have 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.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate a passion for public policy and social issues journalism, strong reporting and writing skills, and comfort working in digital media. They will be mission-driven, entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, and tenacious reporters.  
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Chalkbeat is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. We especially encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.Chalkbeat was founded in 2013 as a merger of GothamSchools and EdNews Colorado, the award-winning news sites that are now known as Chalkbeat New York and Chalkbeat Colorado. We currently have four bureaus (located in New York, NY, Denver, CO, Memphis, TN, and Indianapolis, IN) as well as a centralized network that supports the local bureaus. The network is building a shared infrastructure (technology, editorial and product support, finance, HR and administration) to make our work as high-quality and sustainable as possible.