Reporter: The Children's Beat

    • Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN, USA Req #11500

Monday, August 31, 2020

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Reporter: The children's beat

The South Region of the USA TODAY Network (Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas) seeks an experienced reporter for its new Children's Beat. This investigative/explanatory/solutions and accountability beat begins with K-12 education but is much broader and should thought of in a fundamentally different way than traditional education coverage.
Utilizing a framework of systemic racism to think about how problems came to be, it will include topics ranging from access to health care, access to internships and jobs, drug abuse, obesity, food deserts, serving high-achieving students, third-grade reading achievement, dropout and graduation rates, rural issues, access to arts education, internet access, teacher development and quality, safety and more - all things that impact the well-being of children across the South and their futures. It will provide a mix of shorter enterprise with a mobile-first focus, including spotlighting trends and providing accountability, alongside more expansive work. This regional beat is expected to be based in Nashville, though for the right candidate other Network cities in our region may be considered as a base.
The successful candidate is digitally fluent and will have a demonstrated history of turning sophisticated and accessible journalism with regularity. Strong analytical ability and an ease with data are needed to explore and explain economic and resource inequalities with the goal of highlighting policies, programs and practices that are failing our children while identifying innovation, and leadership, that can be scaled elsewhere.

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