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Company: The Commercial Appeal
Education Reporter
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
April 3, 2014
Job ID: 1567329

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis' daily newspaper, is seeking a driven, accomplished journalist to be our Education team leader. As team leader, you would aid in covering one of the nation's most closely-watched education landscapes. We're looking for someone who will bring passion and ambition to overseeing the coverage of schools and bureaucracies transformed by aggressive education reforms and Shelby County's massive schools consolidation. Our mission in this target-rich news environment is simple yet challenging -- great journalism across every platform, with a strong emphasis on utilizing every digital tool available to engage stakeholders. We're looking for candidates with demonstrated print and digital success in many areas -- breaking news, cultivating sources, explaining complicated policy, producing memorable news features, watchdogging vital neighborhood institutions and large bureaucracies. Candidates must bring digital savvy, experience mining data for significant stories and references eager to vouch for their teamwork and can-do attitude. Some editing experience is preferred, but not a pre-requisite.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: About The Commercial Appeal In 1841, when Memphis was only 20 years old, Col. Henry Van Pelt produced the first edition of The Appeal in the wooden shack where he lived. Printing it weekly on single sheets of paper, Van Pelt began an institution that 167 years later is the major voice of the Mid-south. During the Civil War, the pro-Confederate paper chose to print its pages in exile rather than endure silently the Union occupation of Memphis. The paper moved first to Mississippi and then to Alabama and Georgia before Yankee soldiers destroyed its equipment. Within six months, Editor Benjamin Dill had returned to Memphis and started The Appeal again.

The Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878 devastated Memphis and reduced the Appeal's staff to two, but the newspaper continued to publish, earning the nickname "Old Reliable" from its grateful public. In 1923, The Commercial Appeal won its first Pulitzer Prize for efforts against the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. The newspaper received its second Pulitzer in 1994, this time for editorial cartooning by Michael Ramirez. With the advent of the Internet, The Commercial Appeal launched as its news and information website, and host of specialized coverage including the University of Memphis sports, Whining and Dining, the State of Q (Memphis-style barbecue), Faith in Memphis and Going Green. The website is the most popular local news site in the Memphis market.

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