Staff Writer

  • Full-time
  • San Diego
  • Applications have closed

Website Voice of San Diego

Voice of San Diego seeks an investigative reporter to dig into issues of education quality, inequity, youth issues and related criminal justice storylines.

We run a pioneering nonprofit news organization that stands for, among other principles, a “high-quality education for all kids.” It’s our belief that accountability journalism is a necessary piece of infrastructure of a well-functioning city. Yet even in this large city, San Diego, and this diverse region, there are far too few journalists focused on schools, youths and inequality in educational systems. This writer would need to build a knowledge base rapidly and over time maintain several investigations. Along the way, we expect shorter-term explanatory work and analysis stories, and biweekly newsletters with items of interest and updates to ongoing storylines.

Voice of San Diego has been a pioneering investigative, nonprofit news organization for 13 years. Our writers have the freedom and responsibility to tackle the biggest issues we come across. We believe San Diego is strong enough to face its most uncomfortable and intractable problems. But we also seek to educate, enlighten and entertain readers who care about San Diego’s future and seek an excellent and just government.

See our Guidelines for New Reporters for more about our unique approach.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Pitching and executing investigative stories.
  • Writing guides, explainers and analysis pieces that illuminate how things work in schools, local agencies and other institutions that impact the community.
  • Anchoring a biweekly newsletter, and contributing to other Voice of San Diego newsletters.
  • Collaborating with fellow staff members on major projects.
  • Appearing on podcasts, radio and TV to promote and advance stories.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE FOR THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications or a related/equivalent degree;
  • Two years of reporting/writing/editing experience at a newspaper;
  • A strong command of spelling, grammar and punctuation;
  • Advanced writing, editing and communication skills; write clearly and concisely; be accurate and unbiased; be curious and creative;
  • Must have initiative and persistence to investigate records and to interview and probe unremittingly; develop and interview sources for stories;
  • Must be able to schedule effectively to meet deadlines;
  • Must possess extreme attention to detail and accuracy; organizational skills, advanced internet and data-researching skills and an understanding of how to write and publish for the web.

Keep in Mind: Some of the best journalists are ones who come from unique or unconventional backgrounds – and we don’t expect applicants to meet every qualification perfectly. If you’re interested in the job and can make a good case for why you’d perform it well, please apply!

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three samples of your work to VOSD_HR@voiceofsandiego.org.