Equity Reporter for community funded journalism team
The Sacramento Bee is launching an ambitious community-funded team of journalists reporting on the issues that are changing California’s capital region. We are searching for an experienced solutions-oriented journalist to join this team and report on the inequities that face our area’s residents.
Sacramento is the fastest-growing big city in California, and its metropolitan area – which stretches from the farmlands of the Central Valley to the shores of Lake Tahoe – is under intense pressure. Our education systems are failing, our commute times are increasing and a lack of housing affordability is changing the quality of life for many as people leave the Bay Area to make their homes here.
Our new team will help guide Sacramento to an equitable, sustainable future. As the equity reporter on this team, you will drive that effort. Long after the demonstrations protesting police brutality have ended, systemic racism will remain in Sacramento. And so will our equity issues: access to health care. Aging infrastructure. Food deserts. Even which neighborhoods have trees. A system that favors some neighborhoods over others.
This reporter will focus largely on systemic inequities in the city of Sacramento and its inner ring of suburbs. They will follow the money, and they’ll hold our elected leaders accountable for their decisions.
You’ll be open to creative storytelling techniques, and you’ll favor stories that don’t rely on quotes from those in power. A strong and authentic connection with our community will be the foundation of this beat.
Engagement with our communities will be central to this position. The ideal candidate will serve as a connector between the journalism we produce and the communities we serve. They will have a diverse set of skills that enable us to not only build bridges with our readers and communities, but also to get our journalism in front of readers on various platforms and to drive digital subscription growth.
At least two years experience reporting for a news organization
Deep knowledge and appreciation of social justice issues
Fluency in at least two languages strongly preferred
Solid writing and editing skills
Strong news judgment
A dedication to journalistic ethics
The ability to collaborate with journalists across a broad spectrum of disciplines, from writers and editors to photographers and video producers