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.
New York Bureau Chief
We’re seeking a seasoned reporter and editor with management experience to serve as our New York bureau chief. The bureau chief will lead our New York coverage, with a focus on bottom-up reporting on the debate around how to create educational equity. You will oversee a team of three reporters and be responsible for story budgets, readership growth, and impact, working to shape and edit stories so they connect to the important story Chalkbeat is telling across the country. You will also model incisive reporting and enterprise work for the rest of the team by contributing stories yourself. You will serve as Chalkbeat’s public face in New York, working with our experienced leadership to build a local community strategy and representing the organization at public events. Finally, you’ll oversee the bureau’s budget and office with support from Chalkbeat’s central network.
We’re seeking a skilled early career 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.
We’re seeking a 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 five 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.
We’re seeking a digital producer to manage the production of daily stories and larger projects. You’ll help produce high-impact journalism in collaboration with our team of reporters and editors in six bureaus across the country. We’re looking for someone with solid digital experience and a strong visual sensibility who is drawn to our mission. You’ll be deeply involved in our daily operations, producing Chalkbeat stories in WordPress, managing our media library and using image editing tools and basic HTML/CSS to keep things looking sharp. You’ll take the lead on creating graphics, editing photos and videos, and experimenting with new types of storytelling. You’re also inaugurating this as a new role at Chalkbeat, and can expect to teach and learn on the job!
We’re seeking an Operations Assistant to support our our day-to-day operations and plan for rapid growth. We’re looking for someone who is excited to grow their skills in nonprofit operations and is willing to work on tasks big and small to further Chalkbeat’s expansion. Our ideal candidate views operations as a positive support to the organization’s mission, and never as a bureaucratic obstacle to serving the needs of our team. You’ll join a tightly-knit operations team responsible for talent, finance and systems development.
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.