Assistant Editor, College Journalism Network

Want to help shape the future of California journalism by advising new, diverse reporters? The CalMatters College Journalism Network is looking for an experienced editor who can work with our student reporters to prepare remarkable stories about how higher education policy affects students across California.

Launched seven years ago, CalMatters is an award-winning non-profit, non-partisan news organization dedicated to explaining the policy and politics of the largest state in the United States and the fifth largest economy in the world. We produce brilliant, genuine journalism, data-based news analysis, and watchdog reporting, which is distributed to more than 250 media partners and NPR partners across the state.

Launched in 2020, the College Journalism Network is known for its innovative and collaborative reporting model. While providing paid training to colleagues, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds in the newsrooms, we cover higher education from the grassroots. Our students have break news on everything from the lack of diversity in the campus police force to the inequality in colleges’ cov vaccination and testing policies. You will report to our College Journalism Network Editor as part of a team of three, including a program manager.

Here is what we are looking for:

An editor with ability and insight Experienced in long and short journalism, who can help our students take their work from the best to the best? Can you shorten an opus of 3,000 words to 1,500 words? Want to talk to a student through an encounter with a neural source or through a quest for public records? You need to be well aware of the possibilities of digital media; Bonus points for multimedia skills (audio, video, data, graphics), investigative reporting chops and / or experience working with student journalists.

Someone with knowledge of higher educationReady to dig into your contacts network in California, and report leads and training opportunities for our partners.

A Strong believer in raising the voice of students, In our coverage and in the mini newsroom we build. Our reporting process is collective, guided by the interests of colleagues and their expertise on their own campuses. We are looking for a sympathetic player-coach to help build the CJN community, many of whom are students of color and / or their families attending college for the first time.

Someone familiar with the diverse communities in California While supporting the internal culture of equality and inclusion, it is committed to telling stories that reflect those communities.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Run 1-2 small teams Student Reporters – Host weekly meetings, develop story ideas, and train colleagues through the reporting process
  • Edit stories Created by your team (s) and other associates on the network, packaged and published in our WordPress system
  • Help Set editorial direction For the network in collaboration with CJN Editor and Program Manager
  • AdvisorsThey make sure they are on track to reach their goals and experience support
  • Work with CalMatters’ data, graphics, photography and social media teams To produce great presentations for the largest audience
  • Help Planning training To friends in higher education policy; California politics; Reporting, writing and production skills; Navigating the news industry. Identify relevant topics and communicate with the guest speaker.
  • Pitch with other tasks Related to network building. This may include recruiting new associates, reporting our stories, and / or appearing publicly to discuss our work.

This location may be based anywhere in California, with occasional visits to our Sacramento office as conditions allow.

Compensation and Benefits:

The basic salary for this post is $ 80,000 per year; Higher compensation may be available to someone with extensive skills and / or experience.

CalMatters offers a comprehensive benefit package of medical, dental and vision insurance (we cover up to 90% of employee costs and 70% of dependents) from HMO and PPO providers. We will match contributions of up to 4% of your salary to our 401 (k) program and provide life insurance free of charge, as well as a budget for personal use of your cell phone and professional development opportunities such as classes. Conferences.

We are a newsroom that successfully develops, expands and collaborates on a new paradigm for sustainable, intelligent and non-profit journalism. We are committed to reflecting on the people of the state we serve in and especially encouraging members from under-represented communities to apply. If you are interested, please provide a biodata, a cover letter explaining how you approach the job, and links to at least six online samples of your work.

If you have problems with this form or would like to apply by email, write to with the job name on the subject line.

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