Staff reporter, Chalkbeat Indiana

Posted On: April 1, 2014

Journalism Job

Media Organization: Chalkbeat

Company Description

Chalkbeat Indiana is one of the first expansion sites of Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering the national effort to transform public education. Chalkbeat Indiana focuses its coverage on schools in Indianapolis and the statewide education debate that affects students across the state. We seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools.

Chalkbeat was founded in 2013 as a merger of GothamSchools and EdNews Colorado, the award-winning news sites that are now known as Chalkbeat New York and Chalkbeat Colorado. While each local Chalkbeat bureau works together to sustain our operations, each bureau is editorially independent.

Reporters at Chalkbeat work alongside some of the nation’s top education journalists in a dynamic, rapidly growing organization that is gaining a national reputation for entrepreneurial journalism. The New York Times public editor recently mentioned Chalkbeat in a column about promising trends in the business of journalism.

While awaiting its non-profit designation from the IRS, Chalkbeat is a project of the Colorado Non-Profit Development Center (CNDC). CNDC is the legal governing body of this organization and is responsible for legal and fiscal oversight of this project; all positions are employees of CNDC. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law.

Job Description

Position: Staff reporter, Chalkbeat Indiana

Chalkbeat, the national education news organization covering local public schools, is seeking an outstanding journalist to serve as a reporter for its Indiana bureau, covering educational change with a focus on Indianapolis and Marion County. This position primarily involves daily coverage of Indianapolis Public Schools, charter schools and private school vouchers.

The ideal candidate will have experience covering public policy issues, with experience covering K-12 education preferred. He or she will be mission-driven, entrepreneurial, creative, energetic and a tenacious reporter.

To Apply

Please send a resume, five relevant clips, and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to Chalkbeat Indiana’s bureau chief Scott Elliott at