The nation’s largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities, The Chronicle of Higher Education produces vital journalism that drives national conversations about a sector at the heart of the American experiment. For more than 50 years, readers invested in the academic experience have turned to us for unrivaled insight into how higher education works and why it matters. The values of those readers — thoughtful, engaged, and passionate — are also the values of our company. We believe in the power of expert, morally urgent journalism. And we believe in the importance of taking innovative steps to expand the audience for, and the impact of, our award-winning work.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is seeking a dogged reporter with a passion for journalism that exposes uncomfortable realities and forces change. Through both short- and long-term reporting, you’ll produce work that lands with a splash, focuses conversation on the most important issues shaping the academy, and shines a light on abuses of power and privilege.
You’ll report on a wide range of topics and themes. Chief among them: how money, and colleges’ pursuit of it, alters and upends the mission of higher education. You’ll ask and answer pointed questions about the influence of key moneymakers — including athletics departments, health centers, research labs, and departments supported by external funders — on a sector of vital national importance.
The right candidate is a creative and tenacious reporter with a track record of developing deep sourcing, mining data, and using freedom-of-information laws to probe how colleges act as stewards of their students and the public trust. You’ll have at least three years of experience as a natural storyteller who can write with authority and generate distinctive story ideas, framed for a national audience. You’ll need to be self-motivated and proactive, eager to collaborate with others, and able to drive conversations about the big issues facing higher education.
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