Work at Chalkbeat

Want to help us cover the effort to transform public education? Do you believe in building the future of strong, sustainable journalism? Do you love to learn on the job?

Chalkbeat is hiring mission-driven journalists, business staff, and technologists who believe an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Join us as we seek to provide deep, local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools.

Chicago Reporters

We’re seeking reporters in the city of Chicago (veteran reporters and up-and-coming journalists alike). Chicago is in the midst of sweeping changes with far-reaching consequences for students and families, educators, and communities. Reporters who join our team will cover these dynamics at a pivotal moment. You won’t just be responsible for conceiving and executing daily news stories; you’ll be tasked with providing crucial context for what is happening, who is affected, and why. You’ll analyze public policy decisions at the district and state level and assess the impact on educators, families, and communities. You will scrutinize the people calling the shots. You’ll also tell stories about Chicago’s students, using a combination of data and on-the-ground reporting to bring schools’ struggles and triumphs to light. You’ll collaborate with the Chalkbeat team in both the Chicago bureau and nationwide to deliver content in innovative ways. Finally, you’ll communicate and build relationships with readers and key players in the local community through our weekday newsletters, social media, and events.

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New York Reporter

We’re seeking a hard-charging reporter to join our New York bureau. (We’re open to hiring veteran reporters and up-and-coming journalists alike.) The past few months have seen an onslaught of news carrying profound implications for students and families in the nation’s largest school district — from the dramatic arrival of a new schools chancellor to a controversial proposal to change admission practices at the city’s most selective high schools. We’re looking for a reporter who can jump in immediately, contribute smart ideas, and execute both quick-turn and long-term enterprise stories. You won’t just be responsible for conceiving and executing daily news stories; you’ll be tasked with providing crucial context for what is happening, who is affected, and why. You’ll analyze public policy decisions at the district and state level and assess the impact on educators, families, and communities. You will scrutinize the people calling the shots.

Learn more and apply here.

National Reporter

Chalkbeat is looking for a passionate, enterprising reporter to join our national reporting team. Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We’re currently in six locations, and we’re about to be in one more, Chicago. Now, we’re looking for an additional reporter to join our two-person national team to help cover the organizations and ideas that span the country and shape what happens locally. You’ll be responsible for writing a range of stories at a fast clip. A typical week in your reporting life might include profiling a growing charter school network, breaking news about a national teachers union, and synthesizing local stories about challenges facing refugee students.

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Development Assistant

We’re seeking a development assistant to maximize the efficiency of Chalkbeat’s revenue-generating work, expand Chalkbeat’s communications reach, and strengthen Chalkbeat’s revenue pipeline. The right candidate will be smart, organized, and entrepreneurial, with strong communication, project management, and analytical skills. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

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Chalkbeat is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Chalkbeat encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations and marital statuses to apply.