Reporter - Education Beat

    • Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, OH, USA Req #11064

Thursday, July 16, 2020

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The Cincinnati Enquirer, part of Gannett Inc. and the USA TODAY NETWORK, is a seeking talented, energetic reporter to join our team on the education beat. This reporter will pay special attention to the issues and trending topics impacting the audience's lives. They must have a sense of urgency; be a quick learner, social media and video savvy; and have a passion for storytelling.

This beat begins with K-12 and higher education, but it should be thought of in a fundamentally different way. It should move away from day-to-day coverage of the school board, superintendent and district employees. Those topics remain important components but should not dominate daily coverage decisions unless warranted. We're looking for shorter, trend-based enterprise that provides accountability with a digital and mobile-first focus, along with a more in-depth story per quarter. Virtually every story should have video.

A successful candidate:
• Researches, reports, writes and helps create compelling text and multimedia journalism delivering benefits to families and the broader community on how well teachers, coaches, caretakers and policy makers are educating and supporting the development of the Cincinnati region's children and young adults. Reports on the protection of children, including issues such as violence (school, relationship, etc.), drugs, technology and mental health in concert with other reporters on the investigations and enterprise team or elsewhere in the newsroom.
• Makes it a mission to inform and engage readers through a combination of breaking news, mobile-friendly explainer stories, live chats and other non-traditional story forms as well as watchdog reporting and narratives. This requires answering from the get-go how a story can deliver benefits to our target audiences.
• Uses data, records and source development to provide deep and thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
• Acts as a public ambassador through community outreach and connects with influencers and engaged readers through social media.
• Is comfortable and enthusiastic about using multiple and appropriate social media channels to enhance reporting and promote stories.
• Collaborates with other education reporters in the network as assigned.

• Performs other tasks as needed.

To understand how important this topic is in our market, our region is home to four Division I universities, as well as four smaller colleges and two large community colleges. The University of Cincinnati is the region's largest employer. An illustration of the importance of high schools in the area: When somebody from Cincinnati asks you where you went to school, they don't mean college - they mean high school.

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don't limit your upload to a resume; show us what you've done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

• Your resume - one to two pages

• A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job

• Links to 5-7 online samples of your work.

Show us what you've written, produced, or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

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