Black Communities Reporter
Black Communities Reporter
We know that context and lived experiences matter, and today we have an opportunity to change the nature of our investment - and that of others - in our Black communities.
For years The Bee has covered Sacramento as the region’s leading news source. But for financial reasons, we pulled back in communities that don’t typically get needed support from their local news organization, from their leaders and from the city and state we call home.
Reporting for our city must include what happens in the wake of George Floyd’s death and protests that brought thousands of people to downtown Sacramento and downtown Auburn. To El Dorado Hills and Elk Grove. This reporting must also engage directly with the communities it covers, providing a platform for increased dialogue and accountability.
We are searching for a Black Communities Reporter who will share with our broad audience of readers the inequities and triumphs of a culture that has long been underserved by The Bee and other traditional media. Who will document through public records and meetings where resources are being allocated - and where they aren’t.
Instead of writing about our city, you will write for our city.
This reporting position is part of an ambitious community-funded team of journalists reporting on the issues that are changing California’s capital region. Sacramento is the fastest-growing big city in California, and its metropolitan area is under intense pressure. Our education systems are failing and a lack of housing affordability is changing the quality of life for many.
These challenges have been exacerbated in our Black communities by decades of policy decisions made at City Hall and the state Capitol. Sacramento has a history of “redlining,” where banks, white-only community groups and developers determined some neighborhoods were undesirable. Freeways were built through those neighborhoods, fewer trees were planted and decades of poor air quality and asthma followed.
The 2018 police shooting of Stephon Clark exposed further inequities. Clark’s death in his grandmother’s backyard led to groundbreaking changes in police use-of-force laws in California. It was also a motivating factor behind the passage of a city sales tax in 2018 billed by elected officials as a way to invest in underserved communities. But when the city budget was approved, nearly half of the new sales tax revenue went to the police department.
As a key member of our community-funded reporting team (other members include an economic mobility reporter, a Latino Issues reporter and an AAPI reporter), you will drive The Bee’s effort to help guide Sacramento to an equitable, sustainable future. You will cover access to health care. Aging infrastructure. Food deserts. A system that favors some neighborhoods over others.
You will report to the community-funded reporting editor. Your reporting will be shared with Black media partners in California.
Experience reporting and writing for a news publication
Deep knowledge and appreciation of social justice issues
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