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The 74 is a non-profit news network covering education in America. Our public education system is in crisis. In the United States, less than half of our students can read or do math at grade-level, yet the education debate is dominated by misinformation and political spin. Our mission is to lead an honest, fact-based conversation.

  • Senior Writer, Education Policy & Politics

    Job Description

    Are you a policy wonk? Do you watch more C-SPAN than you’d like to admit? Are you a reporter energized by the behind-the-scenes horse-trading and sausage-making of politics, and a writer capable of translating all that bureaucratese into plain language? If so, the expert, award-winning team at The 74 is looking for you. The Senior Writer for Policy & Politics will head our education coverage of Congress, federal policy and think tanks, as well as our regular spotlighting of elections (federal, state and local), statehouses and the Supreme Court. We’re looking for someone who lives and breathes politics, someone with a proven track-record of developing sources and breaking news. Maybe you’ve covered the statehouse or a large federal agency. It’s not necessary to have a Phd in ed policy, but it might help to know, say, the difference between NCLB and ESSA, and why it matters. Bottom line: Can you traverse the halls of Congress with ease, write about Beltway mayhem with verve and impact, and make the complex world of education policy accessible for parents, thought-leaders and most of all, students?

    Responsibilities & Requirements

    As part of the newsroom’s senior leadership team, this writer will help brainstorm coverage of breaking education headlines, pitch broader enterprise features and serve as a key contributor to three of The 74’s core franchises — EDlection (focusing on key education-related elections and ballot initiatives), Big Picture (focusing on education research) and The 74 Interview (focusing on in-depth Q&As with major education newsmakers). The 74’s Senior Writers source, report and write the newsroom’s most impactful education coverage, working across the organization’s breaking news, enterprise, longform and investigative efforts while straddling multiple beats and topic areas. Senior Writers at The 74 are given wide latitude to define and steer beats, develop sources, manage their time, and chase stories of greater impact and consequence. They are masters of giving local news events the context, scope, and broader storylines that make them resonate with a national audience. They excel at finding the hidden gem in a major report, offering smart takes that allow us to zig where others zag. They are also flexible enough to pivot when needed, assisting the editing team on key breaking news events that may fall beyond their core coverage areas. Successful Senior Writers have experience in newsrooms writing for national audiences and are committed to both the reporting chase and to perfecting their writing craft. They are self-starters comfortable in an entrepreneurial environment, detail-oriented reporters able to juggle beat development, daily deadlines, and larger projects, and effective team members in both collaborating with fellow senior staffers and mentoring junior colleagues. They have a wealth of digital skills, including using social media as a sourcing tool, and are eager to be a prominent participant in the daily online discussion surrounding education news and policy.

     

    Competitive salary & benefits; location: Washington, D.C.

    To apply for this position, send a cover letter and CV to: info@the74million.org

  • Staff Reporter

    Job Description

    The 74’s staff reporters source, report and write the newsroom’s core education coverage, honing their beats and expertise while developing opportunities to produce enterprise, longform and investigative stories. Staff reporters at The 74 work closely with assigning and senior editors who guide them in defining and steering their beats, establishing sources, managing their time, and chasing stories of greater impact and consequence. They become proficient in giving local news events the context, scope, and broader storylines that make them resonate with a national audience. They learn to find the hidden gem in a major report and how to produce smart takes that allow us to zig where others zag. They understand the importance of keeping students and families at the forefront of our coverage. They will have the excitement and opportunity of assisting the editing team on key breaking news events that may fall beyond their core coverage areas. For 2020, they will be involved in our extensive political coverage, following what will be a historic presidential election where education has already emerged as a defining issue, as well as critical education-related races at the federal, state and local levels. Successful staff writers will demonstrate a growing ability to write for national audiences and can enthusiastically commit to both chasing the story and perfecting their writing craft. They are self-starters, comfortable in an entrepreneurial environment and detail-oriented reporters able to juggle beat development, daily deadlines, and larger projects. They are effective team members, able to collaborate with senior writers, web producers and videographers to produce impactful, visually compelling journalism. They are digital natives, well versed in using social media as a sourcing tool and to engage and develop their audience. They are eager to promote their work and their colleagues’ and seek to establish themselves as a regular participant in the daily online discussion surrounding education news and policy.

    Responsibilities:

    Editorial Output
    • Produce anywhere from 4-8 articles a month, depending on scope
    • Develop and write several enterprise features and one longform deep dive through the year
    • Pitch, chase, report breaking news where needed 
    • Reliably pace short and long-term projects and meet deadlines  
    • Translate important (but occasionally wonky) policy debates surrounding school equity, innovation, and accountability for a mainstream audience.
    Newsroom Collaboration
    • Partner with editors in identifying key storylines / issues / news events to track and background on an annual basis 
    • Surface breaking news events and offer insights on what / how to cover for 74 readers
    • Collaborate with point editor in choosing projects that stretch, develop, and improve reporting, writing, and interviewing skills
      Beat Ownership
    • Be an active source of ideas for your beat in one-on-one and larger editorial meetings
    • Scour mainstream, trade, and social media to identify beat developments, emerging trends and compelling personalities in the education space
    • Work to develop an authoritative voice and expertise in defined coverage areas 
    • Seek out and nurture key source relationships to foster new ideas, angles, exclusives (canvassing via phone, flaks, conferences, coffees, etc.) 
    • Routinely file Freedom of Information requests to relevant agencies to access underlying data, break news and hold public officials accountable
    • Be an engaged, communicative, and transparent partner with editor in discussing pitches, assignments, projects in motion, and promotional needs

    Qualifications & Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public policy, or other related field
    • At least 1-3 years of experience as a reporter, previous education coverage a must 
    • Demonstrated reporting and writing ability involving both daily and enterprise stories
    • Open to editorial feedback
    • Strong communication and time management skills
    • Solid organizational skills and keen attention to detail
    • Receptive to ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment
    • Strong work ethic coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to the work
    • Commitment to the idea that strong, credible journalism is vital to the health of our democratic institutions; commitment to the mission of educational equity
    • Models The 74’s values and editorial mission at all times
    • Strong follow-up and follow-through skills, with a focus on final, published pieces.
    • Professionalism, collegiality, and good cheer
     
    Competitive salary & benefits; location: New York City (flexible for qualified candidates)

    To apply for this position, send a cover letter and CV to: info@the74million.org

  • 2020 Editorial Fellow (Starting May, June, July 2020)

    Job Description

    The 74 is currently accepting applications for our paid editorial fellowships, beginning anywhere between May 1 and July 1, 2020. Dates are flexible. (Fellowships can run anywhere from 3-12 months based on qualifications, current staffing and preference of candidate)

    Responsibilities Include

    Our Fellows contribute research, reporting and writing to our daily newsroom, and are given numerous opportunities to pitch news and enterprise features, which means plenty of bylines and published work for your portfolios. They also assist with special projects and work with our reader engagement team, optimizing our article layouts for reader retention, our multimedia content for impact and our social media pages for sharing.

    Position Requirements

    The ideal candidate:
    • Is a new journalist in the field, or is studying journalism, public policy or mass communications
    • Has previous experience in editorial, government, or web production
    • Is well versed in today's top education stories, issues and flash points
    • Has had writing published in mainstream outlets
    • Has previously reported for a newsroom
    • Can provide references
    We are now actively considering candidates for summer 2020. Deadline is March 1, 2020.

    To apply for this position, send a cover letter and CV to: info@the74million.org

  • Freelance Contributors

    Job Description

    The 74 is accepting news, analysis and op-ed pitches, as well as proposals for explainer videos and short documentaries.

    Responsibilities Include

    Write high-quality news or opinion content about education in America.

    Position Requirements

    Submit pitch with clips to info@the74million.org, or reach out to Editorial Director Steve Snyder at steve@the74million.org.

    To apply for this position, send a cover letter and CV to: info@the74million.org