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The 74 is a non-profit, non-partisan news site 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 Editor

    Job Description

    The 74 is seeking an experienced, dynamic senior editor for its expanding digital network of sites (The74Million.org, LASchoolReport.com, TopSheet.com). The ideal candidate will be comfortable in a high-energy entrepreneurial environment, eager to oversee daily short-form news hits, develop broader weekly features and steer the site's ability to engage the conversation on the social web. We are looking for effective, efficient and organized line editors with a proven history of newsroom leadership - detail-oriented big thinkers who can both keep the site current with breaking news while also thinking more broadly about projects and analysis that will maximize impact. While prior education experience is preferred, it is not necessarily required. Candidates should be ambitious editors with a demonstrated ability in delivering timely content with a sophisticated edge, as well as a proven track record in helping journalists to develop their theses and voice.

    Responsibilities Include

    • Edit a mix of daily news posts, opinion columns and broader features about national, state, and local education matters and politics
    • Serve as the hourly conductor of The 74 Media network, developing a strategy to connect the various properties and crete a rich daily experience for return visitors
    • Oversee the commissioning of morning blog hits, ensuring quick movement on the day's breaking headlines
    • Work closely with the Editorial Director to brainstorm, maintain and execute a monthly calendar of special projects that will cut through the noise and drive the conversation.
    • Keep abreast of trends, developments, personalities and challenges in education around the country
    • Be an active source of ideas in daily and weekly edit meetings
    • Collaborate with senior editors across the organization in developing articles, graphics, videos and photo essays that shine a light on the problems, solutions and personalities shaping U.S. education.

    Position Requirements

    • Bachelor’s or master's degree in journalism, communications, public policy or other related field
    • Previous experience in editing education content; specialization in education preferred
    • 3+ years of working with reporters to develop a beat, overseeing a daily online news section, or steering a newsroom to maximize impact on the social web
    • Established presence on social media and comfort in using various social networks to reach both readers and influentials
    • Willingness to work the occasional flexible shift
    • Comfortable in a dynamic, always-changing digital news environment; able to adapt
    • Track record of finding topics or angles that broke through the static of the web

    To apply for this position, send a cover letter and CV to: [email protected]

  • Editorial Fellow (Starting Aug, Sept, Oct)

    Job Description

    The 74 is currently accepting applications for our paid autumn editorial fellowships, beginning roughly Aug 1, Sept. 1 or Oct 1. Dates are flexible. (Fellowships can run anywhere from 3-9 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 studying journalism, public policy or mass communications
    • Has previous internship 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 autumn of 2017. Deadline for fall fellowships is June 15.

    To apply for this position, send a cover letter and CV to: [email protected]

  • 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 [email protected], or reach out to Editorial Director Steve Snyder at [email protected]

    To apply for this position, send a cover letter and CV to: [email protected]

  • Education Reporter-Producer

    Job Description

    We are seeking education reporter-producers to join our NYC newsroom. The ideal candidates will have experience covering schools, education policy, public policy or government; will be comfortable in a high-energy entrepreneurial environment; will be eager to both hone a beat and build a loyal audience through breaking news as well as longform investigations that appeal to the social web; and will aspire to distinguish their coverage through creative angles and analyses.

    Responsibilities Include

    We are looking for reporter-producers who can bring a unique spin to the tick-tock of breaking education headlines, particularly within the context of the 2016 election, while also developing deeper investigative articles that aim to influence and shape the conversation. Our scope is national, so while you may be looking closely at innovation and stagnation across states, cities, and districts our broader goal is to empower you to tell a story that resonates widely. If you’re currently a reporter caught in the exhausting, shallow churn of a daily newsroom, we are looking to empower our passionate team members with the mentorship, resources and time they need to write meaningfully about the nation’s most important issue. Our reporter-producers:
    • Report and write a mix of investigative features and daily news posts about national, state, and local education matters and politics
    • Brainstorm and pitch monthly enterprise stories designed to cut through the noise and drive the conversation
    • Keep abreast of trends, developments, personalities and challenges in education around the country
    • Serve as an active source of ideas in daily and weekly edit meetings
    • Collaborate with senior editors across the organization in developing articles, graphics, videos and photo essays that shine a light on the problems, solutions and personalities shaping U.S. education.

    Position Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public policy or other related field.
    • Demonstrated ability in overseeing a beat involving daily angles/pitches and developing relationships with sources.
    • Established presence on social media and comfort in using various social networks to reach both readers and influentials
    • Experience with content management systems and social engagement strategies
    • Collegial, collaborative and decisive
    • Comfortable in a dynamic, always-changing digital news environment; able to adapt.
    • Applicants should be prepared to submit clips and references.
    Contact editorial director Steven Snyder directly, at [email protected]

    To apply for this position, send a cover letter and CV to: [email protected]