Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Criminal Justice Reporter

Website sfstandard The San Francsico Standard

The SF Standard is seeking an experienced reporter to cover public safety and criminal justice in San Francisco. This reporter will dig deeply into a wide range of stories relating to policing and law enforcement, from crime data and trends to racial justice issues and the internal operations of agencies such as the San Francisco Police Department and the District Attorney’s office. While most individual crimes are not stories for us, we will want to cover major cases and the issues that might surround them. The beat also includes tracking and covering major court cases of many types. 

The city is currently confronting a number of major problems that include homelessness, a drug use epidemic and a widespread perception that San Francisco has become less safe—all while it confronts longstanding problems in its law enforcement agencies and a political battle between the police department and the DA. There is scope for a wide variety of stories on this beat. We’re very interested in new approaches and telling stories through the lens of those most impacted by the system. 

This reporter will report to the senior news editor and will work as part of a team covering all aspects of city politics and policy. The role will involve various traditional story types, from quick news stories to longer analysis pieces to major investigations, with frequent multitasking. We are also telling stories in different formats on social media, and in audio and video, so reporters will be strongly encouraged to help drive innovation in storytelling.

The ideal candidate will have 

  • At least five years of full-time journalism experience and a track record of delivering unique and powerful stories.
  • Outstanding reporting and writing skills are essential,
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Experience covering public safety and criminal justice is preferred.
  • Knowledge of politics and public policy in San Francisco, and California more broadly, would be ideal but is not required. 
  • We are also very interested in creative thinkers who can bring new perspectives to this role.

The Standard is a startup newsroom and interested candidates must be comfortable with a demanding work environment. We have big ambitions to serve a wide audience in creative new ways, and thus these positions represent a unique opportunity for ambitious journalists to help shape the future of local news.  

The Standard is an in-office company. Physical presence in the Bay Area and willingness to work four days per week in office are required. We pay excellent salaries commensurate with the cost of living in the Bay Area and we offer comprehensive benefits as well as stock options.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, three clips and a short cover letter setting out why you want to join The Standard.