Schools writer

Bay Area News Group

San Jose, California

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Date Posted July 15, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Education
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable
Website http://www.mercurynews.com

Description:

Bay Area schools reporter

No service that government provides is more important than public schools — a fact that was brought home powerfully during the coronavirus pandemic, when remote learning drove an even deeper wedge between advantaged and disadvantaged students. We’re looking for a reporter with the smarts and passion to dig into one of the most devastating impacts of the Bay Area’s 15 months in lockdown.

In an area with hundreds of school districts — a situation that makes effective education all the more challenging — this reporter will focus on the half-dozen largest, ranging from struggling Oakland Unified to high-achieving Fremont. You’ll plumb the clashes between charter and conventional schools, the flight to private schools, and the factors that drive inequities, from disproportionate discipline to dropout rates. You’ll gauge the power of parent’s groups and teacher’s unions. And you’ll tie all of these issues to the most important question: What sort of schools keep our kids down, and what lifts them up? Intelligent data analysis is a key component to success at this beat, as is the ability to connect with children, parents and teachers in ways that make their challenges and successes resonate with our audience.

     If you’re a strong candidate you’ll have these qualities:

In our diverse region, facility with multiple languages is also a plus. 

Interested? Send a cover letter, resume and 6-8 clips showing your range of abilities to newsjobs@bayareanewsgroup.com. Make sure to include the words “schools job” in the subject line. We can't reply individually to everyone, but we'll get back to you if it looks like you'd be a good fit for our openings.

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