Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provide readers with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.8 million.
The Seattle Times is excited to announce a recent opening for a Reporter (Ed Lab) in the newsroom! This Reporter contributes to Education Lab, a community-funded project that takes a Solutions Journalism approach to issues in public education. Successful candidates will have experience covering early-education programs, K-12 schools and colleges, and have a strong understanding of education trends, policies and challenges at the local, state and federal level.
Aggressively follow through on stories, including interacting with readers after publication through chats, comments or other engagement tools.
Write clear, appropriate leads. Write with authority based on clear understanding of topic or beat. Self-edit for crisp, clean copy on multiple platforms. Use good interview techniques and effective quotes.
Develop sources of continuing stories. Maintain a steady flow of ideas and stories. Produce enterprise stories and stay ahead of stories by anticipating or uncovering developments.
Seek fresh ideas and approaches in reporting and writing. Seek diversity in coverage.
Take on new challenges. Be willing to take leadership of a story or project.
Experience: This position requires a minimum of three to five years’ reporting experience, preferably in a daily newspaper or website with a specific emphasis in education and solutions journalism. Only applicants with the minimum, relevant experience will be considered.
Education: College graduate with a degree in journalism or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must have the ability to analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, etc., under pressure and on deadline.
Must have the ability to write clearly, accurately and creatively on multiple platforms.
Must have the ability to write stories using Methode, WordPress or other content management systems used by the newsroom.
Requires excellent grammar and language skills.
Must keep technological skills current and adapt to and embrace current and future newsroom publishing and company systems such as Methode, Outlook, UltiPro, AX, etc.
Must have experience using Smartphones, tablets or other Web-enabled devices to monitor news, file stories from the field, and cover breaking news.
Requires social media skills, including the ability to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other emerging social networks.
Must understand and uphold the standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.
Application Information: To apply, please follow this two-step process.
Submit a cover letter, resume, and three portfolio/writing samples (no more than three, please). Submit that information here.
Once you’ve completed that step, finish your application at the "Apply On-line" link provided on the job posting.
This position is a Guild-affiliated (union) position, with mandated union dues. In addition, this role requires a drug screen for controlled substances, criminal background check, driver’s license, and personal car insurance.
Internal Number: 18-0051
About The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times, the nationally-renowned and award-winning digital and print media company, is the leading source of news, sports, business, technology, entertainment and other content for the trendsetting Pacific Northwest and beyond. As a news media company with a laser focus on journalistic standards and excellence, we provide clarity above the content clutter and engage readers across digital and print platforms to provide news that matters where, when and how they want it.