Military Times is hiring a reporter to fill a critical role in the newsroom, covering education and career news for service members and veterans of the U.S. Military, as well as working on major data projects. Database reporting experience is very important, as this reporter will assist in crafting some of Military Times most popular multimedia projects: our annual Best Colleges list and our list of Best Employers for Veterans. This position requires both immediate reporting of breaking news, as well as consistent work on a handful of large, complex, months-long data projects, which have overlapping schedules and deadlines. A strong work ethic, as well as time management and organizational skills are all necessary.
This reporter’s beat will include all aspects of military education and post-service education and careers. Topic areas range from the service academies and ROTC to the GI Bill and tuition assistance to internships and jobs after service. Some travel is expected.
The ideal candidate is a self-starter, multitasker and clear communicator who is dedicated to informing those in uniform while striving to enhance the American public’s understanding of military affairs and important national security issues. He or she must be focused and decisive during breaking news events, and adept at spotting the trends that yield deep, meaningful enterprise.
Job duties include:
- Writing web stories and developing multimedia packages with slideshows and videos.
- Quickly and accurately analyzing large databases to identify and compare important information.
- Assisting in production and distribution of newsletters.
- Assisting in the production of special multimedia reports such as our Best Colleges list.
- At least two years of reporting experience, with familiarity of education or military affairs.
- Moderate to strong knowledge of Excel. Knowledge of Microsoft Access and SQL is a plus but not mandatory.
- Experience designing surveys -- especially utilizing branching logic and piping -- is a plus, as is experience evaluating survey responses.
- A history of using Freedom of Information Act requests, as well as working informally with government agencies to acquire information, is beneficial.
- Familiarity with federal data repositories, particularly those maintained by the Education Department and the Census Bureau, is a plus.
- Experience covering issues, government agencies or stakeholders related to the beat is important. These include: the military, veterans, higher education, careers and entrepreneurship.
Located outside of Washington, D.C., the Military Times media network (Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times) is an independent authority on the U.S. armed forces. We have a proud legacy of producing award-winning investigative journalism. Our reporters cover conflict and overseas contingency operations, military weapons and technology, policymaking at the Pentagon and military personnel issues. We advocate on behalf of rank-and-file service members and their families by asking tough questions of their leaders and aggressively holding to account those who break the rules.