The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is seeking an ambitious, talented reporter to cover K-12 schools in metro Atlanta. An ideal fit for this job is someone who is comfortable covering local school news, local government actions and engaging parents and students. The correspondent will build a deep base of sources across the education spectrum.
The person who assumes this position must be adept at learning and evaluating education policy and programming along with watchdogging whether decisions made by school leaders yield results. The education correspondent needs to be an adept storyteller who can translate government action into relevance for readers.
Education is a high engagement topic at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The reporter filling this role must be skilled at delivering breaking news, smart, engaging enterprise and accountability reporting.
Where permitted by applicable law, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered for this U.S. based job. (Reasonable accommodations for medical and religious objections will be considered.)
College degree preferred.
3 years of professional journalism experience; comparable experience through internships and other roles will be considered for outstanding candidates.
Strong record of serving audiences in a fast-paced, productive environment that is shaped by research, audience metrics and audience needs in print and in digital.
Ability to develop strong, reader-focused story ideas and write about complex concepts with clarity and authority. The beat requires news, enterprise and accountability coverage.
Familiar with the use of government records and the state and federal open records acts.
Knowledge of spreadsheet and database programs a plus.
Fluent in another language other than English a plus, but not required
Organized and able to juggle multiple stories simultaneously.
Excellent communication skills with a collaborative attitude.
Capacity to shoot own photographs when needed.
Additional experience, skills and qualifications may qualify an applicant for a Lead Local Correspondent or Senior Reporter role.
Reliable internet access required to work remotely.
In-office work environment not available every day; some at-home officing or other remote work required
Permanent residence in metro Atlanta required
Local travel is required. Therefore, a successful candidate will need a reliable vehicle to cover the news