Cityside, the nonprofit local news organization that publishes Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside, is looking for a first-rate, full-time food editor to run its award-winning, highly popular coverage of the East Bay food scene, which is published under the Nosh brand.
Nosh, launched in 2012 and published on two platforms, Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside, is well known for its compelling blend of lively news, thoughtful feature stories, and guides on the vibrant food and drink scene in Berkeley, Oakland and nearby East Bay communities. Its reporting helps readers discover new restaurants and rediscover spots that have been serving the community for decades. It tells the stories of the entrepreneurs, chefs and workers behind the eateries, bars, food trucks and corner stores we love so much, and reports on how the economics of the food business and the decisions of policymakers impact food workers and diners. Nosh does not shy away from reporting about the dark side of the food business, such as wage theft and sexual harassment. Nosh is also community minded: during the pandemic, Nosh helped its readers support workers and restaurant owners struggling because of the shutdown.
Nosh goes beyond the shiny and the new to deliver inclusive, equitable reporting at the neighborhood level that uses food as a window into distinct immigrant experiences and highlights wider societal issues. Its reporting not only keeps readers informed and inspired; it connects them to their communities and helps them enjoy the cities in which they live.
Nosh has a loyal following and readers tell us regularly how valuable, enjoyable and useful they find its reporting.
- Lead and orchestrate food coverage across Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside.
- Stay on top of the latest happenings and trends in the East Bay food scene through close monitoring of the space, maintaining a roster of plugged-in contributors, and cultivating sources within the industry
- Work closely with the editors and news teams at Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside to ensure both platforms are publishing stories that align with their mission and resonate with their readers
- Advise and guide staff reporters working on food-related coverage
- Write, with flair and accuracy, about the latest news in the local food scene
- Cultivate and nurture a top-notch roster of freelance contributors, assigning and editing their stories.
- Supervise the Nosh story budget, planning for and mapping out future coverage.
- Write and edit the (currently twice-weekly) Nosh newsletter
- Take ownership of Nosh’s social media
- Prepare stories for publication using WordPress.
- Maintain Nosh’s high standard of visual journalism by working with excellent local photographers and videographers
- Be responsible for growing and diversifying the Nosh audience and audience engagement, across the Nosh platforms, including the web, email and social media. This will be done in collaboration with Cityside’s audience development head and our partners at News Revenue Hub.
The job is based in the Bay Area. The deadline for applications is Sept. 20, 2021. Apply for this position.
What you’ll need to succeed
4+ years of experience of editing and writing about food, preferably in the Bay Area
How we’ll support you
Demonstrable editing and writing chops
A passion for food and the food business and understanding of how food underpins community.
A vision of how to best serve our audiences that aligns with our mission.
A creative and open-minded approach to how Nosh can fulfill its mission and reach a wide range of audiences.
Preference to be based in the East Bay
An ability to do regular on-the-ground reporting and scouting on the East Bay food scene
Top-notch in-house mentorship and a transparent internal review and feedback process
$1,000 in support each year for conferences and training
We offer a salary of $90,000, health plan (including dental and vision), four weeks of paid leave and a 401(k) match.
Who we are
Cityside is a Bay Area-based nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization committed to building community through local journalism. We provide readers with trustworthy, informative reporting that seeks to reflect the diversity and complexity of the communities we serve. Our two current platforms are Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside.