The Texas Tribune, the state’s go-to source for Texas politics and public policy news, is seeking a full-time education and health editor. The editor will directly manage the newsroom’s cluster of education and health reporters, with responsibilities for assigning, approving and editing stories.
In collaboration with the Tribune’s managing editor for news, the education and health editor will define how we approach topics including K-12 education policy, higher education, the state’s pandemic response, the state medical safety net, women’s health issues, the impact of health care and education on the state budget, and more. There are numerous stories to tell: The state has the most uninsured people in the country, more than 60% of its grade school students are economically disadvantaged and its fights over education funding, textbook requirements and expanding Medicaid coverage have made national news. In a state where a strong majority of school-aged children are people of color and health care access is uneven, this editor will need to demonstrate an interest and ability to pursue storylines focused on inequity and diversity.
The education and health editor will report to the Tribune’s managing editor for news.
- Think broadly and expansively about our priorities and resources to ensure that our coverage includes a strong mix of accountability journalism, features and ground-up reporting on the people and movements that shape and are affected by policy and political discourse.
- Manage a team of reporters covering K-12 education, higher education, health and human services, and women’s health.
- Collaborate with colleagues on stories on other beats as needed.
- Collaborate with the Tribune’s data and product teams on daily stories, long-term features and data explorers.
- Collaborate with the Tribune’s Audience, Multimedia and Photo teams to ensure we have rich storytelling that is addressing what Texans want and need.
- As part of the editing team, assign and participate in panel discussions for Tribune events and the annual Texas Tribune Festival, an event which has attracted speakers ranging from John Cornyn to Hillary Clinton.
- Participate in radio and television hits with our media partners.
- All reporters and editors at The Texas Tribune are responsible for occasional evening, weekend and holiday work as well as general assignment shifts as news demands.
- Experience guiding and editing public policy coverage
- A demonstrated ability to work quickly, and under tight deadlines
- A deep commitment to and enthusiasm for both breaking news and enterprise reporting
- Evidence of strong reporting, fact-checking and writing skills and a firm grasp of AP style
- A demonstrated ability to manage a talented and ambitious team, coaching and helping develop reporters with varying levels of experience
- Strong familiarity with journalistic ethics and libel law
- A clear desire and proven ability to collaborate with other colleagues across the organization
- Experience and a deep knowledge of Texas politics and government is preferred, but not mandatory.
We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.
This is a full-time, exempt position with the following Texas Tribune benefits:
- downtown office with paid parking or commuting stipend
- medical, vision and dental insurance
- cell phone stipend
- 20 days of paid time off each year
- 16 weeks of paid family leave
- 401(k) matching
- support for professional training and attending industry conferences
As a part of our pandemic safety precautions, Texas Tribune employees are working remotely until at least July 2021. This position will eventually be based in Austin.
How to Apply:
Click here to submit your application by July 1. Along with a résumé and cover letter, please submit a memo detailing your vision for this position and how you would approach the work. We can't wait to hear from you.
The Texas Tribune is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for all, and we encourage applicants of all identities, backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply. Learn more about The Texas Tribune here.