Section Editor / Education

at The Conversation AU

Salary range: $60-70k negotiable

We are seeking a journalist with the ability to generate compelling story ideas to lead our education coverage. This role requires a good understanding of education spanning early years, schools, universities and vocational education. The ideal candidate will have a strong network of education contacts and will be up to date with the latest education policy debates and new research.

The Conversation's unique publishing model pairs professional editors with academics to commission articles that inform public discourse. Editors for The Conversation need to be voracious readers who are well informed about developments in their field and passionate about developing new ideas.

Editors are responsible for working with academics to find out about the latest research and help translate complex ideas into plain language so they can be shared with a wide audience. That means spending time with our university partners and learning about what's happening. Editors need to keep up with news and identify opportunities to work with academics to explain topical issues.

The Conversation is a trusted journalism brand, and this role requires someone who can protect its hard won credibility. Therefore, the ideal candidate will be a passionate journalist who has online experience and strong people skills, including the ability to liaise with vice-chancellors and senior leaders in the education sector. We're also looking for someone who is thoughtful, calm, methodical, rigorous and with a deep commitment to professional impartiality and high ethical standards.

Ideally, the successful applicant will be based at our newsroom just outside Melbourne’s CBD. Please provide a 200-word statement on why you think we should interview you, plus a full CV, and at least two references.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Digitally savvy and experienced in online journalism
  • Commissioning and editing skills
  • Knowledge of the education sector will be highly valued
  • Interest in multimedia, podcasting or data visualisation
  • Creativity and the ability to generate compelling ideas
  • Strong people skills and diplomacy
  • Highly developed research and analytical skills

Due date Monday 20 March

Applicants should be legally eligible to work in Australia. TC is unable to sponsor prospective employees’ visa applications.

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