Staff Reporter/Writer

Oct 17, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
The Chronicle
Full Time
College is changing -- and technology is a key driver. These days Harvard offers free courses online, students dream of becoming the next Marc Zuckerberg and see e-mail as old-fashioned, and professors experiment with outsourcing their grading to computers.

How technology is transforming the college campus is the hottest question facing higher education today. The answer has national and international stakes, as policymakers increasingly see higher education as vital to economic health and the future of innovation.

If you’re a journalist who wants to explore this dynamic topic in a variety of storytelling formats, then we have a position for you.

The Chronicle of Higher Education seeks a reporter to cover technology’s impact on college teaching, learning, research, and the very business model of college itself. We’re looking for someone who thrives on blogging but who wants to weave longform feature stories as well. A typical week here will involve a mix of Tweeting from an event, breaking news online, and crafting an enterprise article for print.

Though the beat focuses on technology, this is more about research and ideas than about ones and zeros. Knowledge of technology or the college world is not required, but applicants should have at least two years of professional journalism experience.

The ideal candidate will have the proven ability to write analytically and translate complex topics into compelling stories. The person should be able to identify broad trends and pitch creative story ideas that will help readers grapple with big-picture questions and see how theories play out on campuses and in classrooms.

If this is the job for you, let us tell you why The Chronicle is the place to do it. We're based in Washington, D.C. We're independently owned. Our pay is commensurate with experience. And our benefits are among the best in the business.

But most of all, we're a serious news organization. We have more than 90 writers, editors, and correspondents stationed around the globe. We have a weekly print edition with more than 300,000 readers, a daily Web site with 1.7-million unique visitors a month and 14.3-million page views, and a new iPad app that has already been downloaded by more than 14,000 users.

In 2011 we were named a finalist for two National Magazine Awards for Digital Media (news reporting and interactive tool categories), and this year we won prizes from the Education Writers Association and the Online News Association.

If this sounds like the place you want to make your mark, send a cover letter, resume, and 5 clips to:

Jeff Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1255 23rd Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20037.

Or e-mail materials, including clips (no links to clips, please) to

Subject line should read: Job Applicant

No phone calls, please.