Who gets to receive the full benefit of a college education? Few questions have a more profound impact on society — on social mobility, our politics, even our health.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is seeking an enterprising, empathetic senior reporter who is eager to seek out answers. The reporter will cover the impact of higher education on its most important clients: students, particularly those who have traditionally been underrepresented across the sector or find it more difficult to navigate. “Student-centered” higher education is a phrase campus leaders, faculty, and staff often use. Are colleges living up to it? Your work will doggedly explore the motivations and needs of increasingly diverse student populations and how a broad range of institutions — including public regionals, small privates, community colleges, and for-profit institutions — are fighting, or failing, to meet those needs.
You’ll extend and expand The Chronicle’s tradition of telling stories through the eyes of challenged students, highlighting the lived impact of colleges’ practices on those students’ learning, health, finances, and longer-term social mobility.
You’ll also produce influential journalism on the intensifying partisan headwinds that challenge the sector’s ability to advance its social mission. In serving their increasingly diverse student populations during a time of racial and social reckoning, institutions feel a new urgency to make themselves into more equitable, inclusive spaces. Yet a sizable plurality of the country now distrusts higher education in no small part because of those efforts. Your work will cut through the noise that often surrounds campus politics, reporting nuanced, untold stories that shed new light on the fraught relationship between higher ed and its constituencies.
We’re looking for a collaborative, entrepreneurial reporter who’s driven to tell complex stories about real people, amplify voices that aren’t often heard in the national conversation about higher ed, and challenge conventional wisdom about the sector and the people within it. Candidates with at least five years of experience will have an edge. Knowledge of higher education and a track record of writing for a national audience are ideal, but we’ll consider quick studies who know how to build sources and learn a beat.
Does this sound like you? You’ll be joining an independently owned company based in Washington, D.C. Our pay is commensurate with experience, and our benefits are among the best in the business.
If you’re the right person for the job, please send a cover letter, résumé, your five best clips no matter the topic, and three brief pitches for stories on this beat to email@example.com.
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