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Media: EdSource Today's California-Sized Growth Spurt

image from edsource.orgWhile you might have been looking the other way, distracted by East Coast media outlets and the like. EdSource Today has quietly been emerging as one of the biggest nonprofit edmedia outlets out there.  

They describe themselves as "the leader in California education journalism." They're partnering with other nonprofit outlets like KQED and Hechinger.

Over the past year or two they've staffed up in Northern California (Fensterwald, Baron, Mongeau are the bylines you've been seeing most frequently.)  See the staf list here.

Now they're looking to expand in SoCal as well. 

Of course, there are other nonprofit education outlets covering California, like the KPCC education shop I've written about before. And a handful of commercial outlets like SI&A Cabinet Report and the LA Times that are still out there.  LA School Report has been plugging away, though seems like Hillel Aron isn't writing for them any longer.  

Click below for the job announcement. Here's their look ahead at 2014 (Top 12 education issues in the new year).


Seeking Education WriterEdSource Today


EdSource Today is seeking an experienced and creative reporter with excellent writing skills. The ideal candidate has a flair for distilling complex topics into clear, compelling prose and a knack for uncovering the human-interest story from within a thicket of policy documents. EdSource Today is the leader in California education journalism and we’re looking for a reporter who shares our passion for public education and coverage that is clear, accurate and authoritative.

EdSource Today is the journalism arm of EdSource, the highly regarded Oakland-based organization founded in 1977 to engage Californians on key education challenges. The successful applicant will be part of a growing team developing new ways to reach Californians on the multiple challenges affecting public education in California and nationally.

The editor of EdSource Today is veteran journalist John Fensterwald. EdSource is directed by Louis Freedberg, also a veteran California journalist.


EdSource Today is looking for a creative self-starter who is eager to explore new ways of covering issues in education.
Qualifications sought include:

* Outstanding writing skills, with a minimum of two-years professional experience in daily journalism.
* Eagerness to work as part of a growing team in a creative nonprofit journalism environment to build a unique service focused exclusively on education.
* Demonstrated track record using social media.
* Background in education reporting and children’s issues.
* Proven ability to work independently under deadline pressures, as well as working as part of a team.
* Multimedia skills, including data visualization skills, and data analysis and computer-assisted reporting skills are a plus.
Duties and Responsibilities
* Write lively and knowledgeable reports in a variety of styles and formats, including news, enterprise, analysis and in-depth stories for EdSource Today and for wider distribution to other news outlets;
* Participate in reporting projects encompassing the entire EdSource Today team;
* Maintain an active online presence, as well as develop new ways to build an audience.

A competitive salary will be paid commensurate with experience.

About EdSource

EdSource Today is the journalism arm of EdSource, a 35-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan education and research organization whose mission is to inform and engage policymakers and the public on key education challenges, with the goal of improving learning outcomes for all students.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and four clips or other examples of your work to:edsource@edsource.org.

Please write Reporter Position in the subject line. Materials can be sent by regular mail to: EdSource Today, Reporter position, 436 14th St. Suite. 723, Oakland, CA 94612. Deadline: 5 p.m. Jan 15. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as they are received.


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