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Politics Reporter

The SF Standard is seeking an experienced reporter to cover San Francisco city politics, including its intersection with state and national politics.  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 the personalities and policy dynamics that are defining the political scene. The city is confronting a number of major problems amid sharp political divisions, and the November election is shaping up to be a big test of where SF goes politically from here. At the same time, San Francisco politicians including Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein continue to play an outsized role on the national stage even as their respective fates hang in the balance. State politics is likely to loom larger than ever for SF in the years as conflicts on housing policy and other issues come to a head.

The Politics reporter will work as part of a team covering all aspects of city politics and policy. We expect about half of this reporters work to be focussed tightly on city politics, with the other half devoted to state and national politics as they impact, and are shaped by, San Francisco.

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.
  • Obsessive interest in politics.
  • Outstanding reporting and writing skills and the ability to work collaboratively with others in a fast-paced environment.
  • Deep knowledge of SF and California politics and some experience with political reporting.
  • 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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