Accountability Reporter

News Modesto, CA


The Modesto Bee is looking for an energetic, versatile journalist who can shine a light on city governments. We don’t want to simply tell readers how their money is being spent; we want to show how the decisions being made at the local level impact their lives. 

We’re looking for an enterprising reporter who can develop sources and contacts while gleaning information from agendas and public records requests. The reporter will break news that makes a difference in the community and tell stories through the lens of people affected. This reporter will hold elected officials accountable. A mixture of daily, trend and enterprising stories is expected. We’re looking for a self-paced reporter who can spot and report stories without waiting for assignments.

The reporter must understand how to grow readership in the digital space, using analytics tools, headlines, SEO and more. Monitoring your stories’ performance is a must.

Modesto is a growing community of 215,000 in Stanislaus County, which is home to 500,000 residents. The downtown area is known for its variety of local restaurants and entertainment, and the region offers plenty of outdoor recreational options. The city boasts tree-lined streets and parklands with walking and biking trails. We’re 75 miles east of the Bay Area and a 2.5-hour drive from Yosemite, Monterey and skiing.

The anticipated base pay range for this position is between $23.08 and $25.64 per hour. 
Individual base pay may vary within that range depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, relevant education, department equity, training, geography and local wage and hours laws.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or relevant field 

  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment 

  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism

  • Demonstrated ability to use social media platforms to reach and engage with audiences

  • Demonstrated ability to access and analyze public records, including campaign finance data, court records, property records and salary information

  • Demonstrated ability to tell stories using a variety of tools and platforms, including capturing and editing video and data/graphics

  • Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving

  • Must have reliable transportation.  Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).

What we’ll bring: 
As a journalist at McClatchy, you will join a supportive, flexible, collaborative team. McClatchy strives to be an employer of choice, and our benefits package is made with this goal in mind. With a focus on well-being and daily life, our package options include healthcare coverage for employees and their families, financial protection from expected and unexpected expenses, multiple no-cost wellness resources and even coverage for four-legged friends. 

Our overall benefits package also includes a 401(k) with employer match, competitive paid time off and corporate holidays, and a variety of mental health benefits. For more information on McClatchy's benefit plan, please visit  

About McClatchy: 

Our impact is growing every day. We have 30 growing news markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. 56 Pulitzer Prizes. A strong portfolio of dynamic partnerships and smart investments. Our award-winning journalism, digital reach, and commitment to innovative growth have never been stronger.

As a member of the McClatchy family, you are part of an exciting culture dedicated to creating a work/life balance and consistent opportunities for growth — a place where you have a voice and the ability to impact our future. It’s an exciting time to be here. Our company is experiencing the most transformative period in its history. We’re growing rapidly in the digital space and delivering award-winning journalism in innovative ways.


McClatchy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. McClatchy considers all candidates without regard to basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.