Insider Louisville, which is becoming a nonprofit digital news organization, is looking for an experienced reporter to cover K-12 public and private schools, charter schools, alternative schools and academies, parent-teacher organizations, teachers’ unions and local and state school boards.
And if that doesn’t sound challenging enough, how about throwing in some higher education universities into the mix? Louisville is home to the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, Sullivan University, Spalding University, Simmons College of Kentucky and Jefferson County Community and Technical College.
Louisville, whose claim to fame is the Kentucky Derby and all things bourbon, is on the rise. It provides an affordable place to live, has a rich art and music scene, great restaurants, festivals, a championship professional soccer club, plus competitive men’s and women’s college teams, and events every weekend. We love this town and want to see it thrive.
Insider Louisville is on a mission to dig deeper, ask more questions, and seek experts to add analysis and context to the issues that our 150,000-plus monthly readers care about the most. The education of their children is one of these cornerstone subjects.
“As an education reporter, you must be willing to dive into statistics, make open records requests, attend board meetings, monitor social media, interview parents, students, board members, unions, superintendents and state officials,” says Mickey Meece, managing editor.
“We are seeking an enterprising reporter with at least three years of news experience, a solid work ethic, sound news judgment, active social media presence and a desire to produce top-notch journalism,” Meece says. “That means holding officials accountable and producing stories that make an impact in our community.”
The position will primarily focus on the local public school district, with the opportunity to explore charter schools, private institutions and state and national education trends.
A person who can work independently, with great organizational and time-management skills will flourish in this position.
The ideal candidate possesses a bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field, expertise with AP style, familiarity with WordPress, photography and video skills and experience at a daily newspaper or news service.
Insider Louisville offers competitive salary and benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer, giving our employees a chance to flourish and a team atmosphere that thrives on journalistic excellence.
Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, references and three to five examples of your best work to Managing Editor Mickey Meece: [email protected]