If you’re a journalist inspired to follow stories about the inequality in our state, about the difficult life conditions facing too many Californians and about the attempts to solve these problems, then you may be the next reporter on our award-winning California Divide team.
The California Divide is a statewide media collaboration featuring a team of reporters covering issues of inequality. This position reports to the CalMatters project editor at our offices in Sacramento.
California ranks among the worst states in America for poverty and inequality. Nearly 40% of the population is considered poor or near-poor. It’s a state of extremes. And it’s a diverse state, where challenges vary by geography and demography. It’s also a politically blue state where these issues are high on the policy agenda, but solutions are often costly and contentious.
This position is for an experienced reporter with excellent writing skills who can navigate the data and research about what’s happening, follow the policy solutions and bring stories to life with rich examples of human experience. Topics include housing, health, education, justice issues, public assistance programs, workforce issues and others. This reporter will work well with a team, helping to brainstorm ideas, coordinate assignments and anchor projects with feeds from other reporters. In addition to our text stories, this reporter will also work with radio, video and live events.
Today, there are five reporters and one editor assigned to the California Divide team. Two reporters are based at CalMatters, including this position, and four are embedded at newspapers throughout the state. In six years, CalMatters has become the largest newsroom covering California policy and politics. We’re a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, and we give our coverage at no cost to more than 200 media outlets in California.
- Report and write stories in a variety of formats including in-depth longform, smart enterprise and short timely news.
- Work independently as well as collaborate with other members of the California Divide team.
- Contribute to regular brainstorming sessions with project ideas that create understanding about the problems and the solutions and, importantly, stories that can make a difference.
- Follow state and local policy discussions, related bills in the Legislature and advocacy group agendas.
- Follow research from universities and think tanks about related issues. Identify key data sets.
- Participate in public events and appearances on radio, television and social media platforms.
- Contribute to the story production process including work with our CMS, creating data graphics and using SEO best practices.
At least three years of professional journalism experience
These would be a plus:
The ability to report and write in both Spanish and English
CalMatters is an award-winning nonprofit, nonpartisan news venture dedicated to explaining the policy and politics of America’s biggest state and the world’s fifth largest economy. We produce vivid, original journalism and data-driven news analyses and watchdog reporting, and distribute our work to more than 250+ media partners, on calmatters.org, and via Apple News, SmartNews and other platforms.
Experience with data analysis and data journalism
A background working with these issues
Familiarity with California
Since we launched six and a half years ago, CalMatters has carved out a leadership role at the center of the media ecosystem in California, establishing ourselves as a trusted brand and “go-to” hub for in-depth news and information on statewide issues. Our work has led to changes in policy, new legislation, investigations and discussions at the Capitol, in political groups and beyond — and created an awareness of important issues that aren’t getting covered anywhere else.
Our team has been recognized and honored with top state, regional and national awards from ONA, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Press Club, the Public Media Journalists Association, the Institute for Nonprofit News, the Edward R. Murrow Award, SPJ NorCal, Best of the West and California News Publishers.
Why work at CalMatters:
We are an expanding and collaborative newsroom, successfully forging a new model for sustainable, intelligent, nonprofit journalism.
You get to join a talented and diverse team of more than 50 media professionals dedicated to telling the stories of what happens in the state Capitol. Every team member has a significant hand in determining our direction and success. We have the financial backing of smart, politically diverse funders and foundations who strongly believe in and support our work. Plus, we offer:
Excellent health and retirement benefits, including a 401k match
Regular workshops and trainings
Annual professional development stipend
CalMatters is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities.
If you’re interested, please provide a resume, a cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job, and links to at least six online samples of your work. Click on the job here https://calmatters.org/about/jobs/divide-reporter/ and directly apply. You can also email your application to email@example.com. Please put the job title in the subject line.