Staff Writer-Education

Pilot Media, Norfolk, Virginia

Date PostedJanuary 31, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

The Virginian-Pilot is looking for an education reporter who will cover public school systems in Norfolk and neighboring Portsmouth.


Education is among the most important beats to our readers and to us, and reporters on this beat have done major enterprise work that’s led to changes. This person should be able to break news and write enterprise pieces, profiles and database stories.


The Pilot is a digitally oriented newsroom with an emphasis on building audiences. Strong social media skills are a must. Video skills and the ability to read and interpret data are a big plus.


Essential Functions:

  • Writes compellingly, precisely and accurately.
  • Meets deadlines.
  • Produces a regular mix of stories, including breaking news, enterprise and alternative story forms.
  • Understands the need to engage news audiences through multimedia reporting as well as social media.
  • Writes in-depth explanatory and investigative articles that can involve computer-assisted reporting and Freedom of Information requests.
  • Develops strong sources in government, community groups, neighborhoods and the development business. Is willing to engage the community directly through social media and face-to-face encounters.
  • Collaborates with other staff members, especially digital producers, videographers, the social media editor and photographers.


  • Performance will be evaluated periodically.


Expected Behaviors:

  • Produce quality work on a regular basis.
  • Professional conduct at the office and with sources.
  • Ethical conduct, as outlined in the newsroom’s policy.


Measurable Results

  • Quality, quantity and impact of stories as well as audience growth.


Key Relationships:

  • Team leader
  • Senior editor
  • Urban team members
  • Digital team
  • Photographers and videographers


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Track record of urgency in reporting and writing and uncompromising accuracy.
  • Proven record of beat development and ability to manage time.
  • Strong interest in public affairs reporting.
  • Precision and clarity in writing, with ability to present complicated information in a way that engages readers.
  • Ability to use social media to engage audiences.
  • Proven ability to work well in a team setting. This reporter will deal on a regular basis with a large number of people, both in-house and from the outside.
  • Ability to use data analysis tools to detect important patterns and trends in public records and to file FOIA requests.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Four years of reporting experience at a daily newspaper, including one year experience in public affairs reporting.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years of reporting experience at a daily newspaper, including two years experience in public affairs reporting.

Hours:  Usually 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, with occasional nights and weekends as needed. Occasional holiday shifts are required.


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