The Press Democrat, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage, is seeking a reporter to cover education and the lives of young people in Sonoma County. You will drive coverage of the county’s K-12 school systems, which shape the future of 70,000 students, and the region’s California State University campus and community college, which prepare 30,000 students for life and work in a changing world. You will also be responsible for developing stories on cultural, economic, technological and demographic forces that are impacting young people — and the way they and their families are responding to them.
We are a healthy locally owned newspaper that values original ideas, aggressive reporting, authoritative writing and watchdog coverage that leads to change. Any member of our reporting team must know how to juggle daily stories, online posts, social media interaction and long-term enterprise and investigative projects. Data acquisition, analysis and presentation skills are a plus, as is fluency in Spanish.
We offer an opportunity to grow your career at our award-winning family of publications, with opportunities to contribute to our daily newspaper, website and regional magazine. All have been recognized as among the best in their respective categories, one of the reasons our news products enjoy some of the highest readership rates in California.
This position is based in Santa Rosa, an hour north of San Francisco, where vineyards give way to redwood forests and a scenic coast. The region, home to 650,000 people, is an international destination for tourists and produces some of the best wine and beer on the planet. Thriving tech, farm and government sectors make this region of diverse communities an exciting and dynamic place to be a reporter.
The Press Democrat offers a competitive compensation plan, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, accident insurance and paid time off. We are committed to a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. Any job offer is conditional upon completion of a background investigation and pre-employment drug testing. This reporting position requires a valid California driver’s license, proof of insurance and reliable transportation.
To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume and up to six samples of your best work to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the title ‘Education Reporter’ in the subject line.