Senior Reporter

The Chronicle of Higher Education is seeking an enterprising general-assignment reporter to join our newsroom. The senior reporter will cover a broad set of issues at the center of the academic enterprise, with an emphasis on national politics and higher education. This will include topics such as the impact of federal policy on colleges and students, as well as the role of those colleges in the 2020 presidential election.

Your chief responsibility will be to produce smart, engaging coverage that speaks to the themes and concerns that touch our readers every day. As a member of our newsroom, you will pick up assignments and pitch stories about issues of deep national importance. You will also write with expertise and insight about the political life of campuses, an issue of pressing concern as more Americans express distrust of the academy. Through creative story ideas and careful reporting, your work will shed light on the everyday experiences of scholars, administrators, and students.

We’re looking for a smooth, confident writer who combines a deep understanding of higher education with strong news judgment. The right candidate has at least five years of experience and is a natural storyteller who can mine new sources to generate creative and distinctive story ideas, framed for a national audience. You’ll need to be self-motivated and proactive, eager to collaborate with others, attuned to how news is distributed online, and flexible enough to juggle multiple stories and approaches at once. You’ll write often on deadline, and you’ll look to drive conversations about the big issues facing colleges and universities.

The Chronicle is independently owned and based in Washington, D.C. Our pay is commensurate with experience, and our benefits are among the best in the business.

If this sounds like the place you want to make your mark, send a cover letter, résumé, five clips, and five brief pitches for story ideas to