Bilingual Breaking News Reporter

News San Luis Obispo, California


Breaking News Reporter

The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California, is looking for an energetic, versatile bilingual journalist who thrives on fast-paced breaking news and can quickly and accurately report live stories using video, social and other digital tools. As a breaking news reporter, you will cover daily stories that are relevant to our Central Coast readers, including in the areas of public safety, transportation, local business and weather.

You’ll also tackle trending stories on at least one deeper subject beat, developing strong follow-ups that enlighten and engage readers, hold officials accountable and identify patterns and trends. We are hoping to grow our coverage of the Hispanic community, so we will prioritize candidates with Spanish language skills. The best enterprise often comes from the breaking beat and the successful breaking reporter knows this. We’re looking for a self-paced reporter who can spot and report stories without waiting for the assignment and who can cultivate reliable sources. We are also looking for a collaborative journalist who wants to contribute to a team, not stand out from it.

The expected schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

The importance of headlines, SEO and lead images cannot be underestimated and you know this. You will understand how to grow readership because you’ve studied performance of your stories in the digital space, using analytics tools such as Chartbeat or, and made adjustments accordingly. 

The Tribune is one of 30 news organizations in the McClatchy Company. We’re a Central Coast news and information company, with our newspaper, website ( and other products on different delivery platforms.

We primarily serve San Luis Obispo County, covering important issues like government accountability, housing affordability, education, the coastal environment, major industries like tourism and wine, Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and more. We are an award-winning organization with a reputation for accuracy, fairness, credibility and civic purpose. Our investigations bring about change. Our community engagement touches readers. Our news imperatives bring them information fast and truthfully.

San Luis Obispo is a vibrant college town located minutes from the beach. It has a temperate climate that makes enjoying the outdoors a year-round opportunity. San Luis Obispo itself was once named the Happiest City in America. 

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or relevant field.
  • At least one year of professional journalism experience preferred, although new college graduates will be considered. 
  • 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 learn new skills and technologies, including content management systems; social media platforms; video editing software; analytics tools; and emerging storytelling tools and platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to take and give constructive criticism without getting defensive. New workflows require constant conversations between reporters and editors and between reporters and their audience as a story evolves. 
  • 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).


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.