Breaking News Reporter

Editorial Sacramento, CA


The Sacramento Bee is looking for an energetic, versatile 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 reporter, you will cover daily stories that are relevant to our Northern California readers, including in the areas of safety, transportation, local business and weather events. You’ll also tackle trending stories, and developing strong follow-ups that enlighten and engage readers, hold officials accountable and identify patterns and trends. 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.

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. 

This reporter will be based in the Sacramento Bee newsroom but can and should spend as much time in the field as she/he does in the office. You will report to our breaking news editor and will work a later shift. The ability to speak Spanish is critical.

Sacramento is the only large city in California that is growing. It is the state capital and as such serves as the seat for key policy decisions that impact California’s population of 40 million. The downtown and midtown areas of Sacramento are filled with new restaurants, lively breweries and a new arena for the NBA’s Kings basketball team.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or relevant field 
  • At least two years of professional journalism experience. 
  • Written and spoken Spanish language fluency is required.
  • 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. 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.