Wednesday, May 18, 2022

City Hall Reporter

Website The San Francisco Standard

The SF Standard is seeking an experienced reporter to cover San Francisco city government, with a special focus on the mayor and the city’s financial affairs. This  reporter will stay on top of the day-to-day activities of the mayor, and sometimes other city officials, while also digging deep on a range of issues. The city is currently confronting a number of major problems including homelessness, a drug overdose epidemic, sky-high housing costs and rising crime—problems which are now regular topics in the national media. How the mayor, and the city government more broadly, are trying to address these issues is a key area of coverage. Less obvious are the stories lurking in the city’s massive budget, which funds all manner of programs but is rarely scrutinized in detail.

The City Hall reporter will work as part of a team covering all aspects of city politics and policy. The role will involve a wide range of the 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, and reporters will be strongly encouraged to help drive innovation in story-telling.

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of full-time journalism experience and a track record of delivering unique and powerful stories. Outstanding reporting and writing skills are essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively with others in a fast-paced environment. Knowledge of city finance and budgeting practices would be a major asset, as would experience with City Hall reporting or other aspects of metro journalism. 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 kind of role.

The Standard is a startup newsroom and thus 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 and thus physical presence in the Bay Area and willingness to work four days per week in an office are required. We pay good salaries commensurate with the cost of living in the Bay Area and we offer excellent benefits as well as stock options.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume, three clips, and a short cover letter setting out why you want this job.

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