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The Salinas Californian/thecalifornian.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for an experienced investigative reporter to pursue daily and long-term enterprise reporting in partnership with CalMatters and the statewide California Divide project.
The stories should be rooted in the Salinas Valley to the extent possible, but this reporter will collaborate closely with reporters in partner newsrooms throughout California to explore, explain and investigate issues that contribute to income inequality and injustice. The work is published by The Californian, the USA TODAY NETWORK-California and widely distributed by CalMatters. Bilingual Spanish speaker strongly preferred.
The ideal candidate for this position will be bold, inquisitive and willing to challenge those in authority. This reporter would be expected to dig up intriguing stories on their own, as well as work with other reporters on deep-dive investigations that are centered on data and public documents.
A reporter who likes to dig whether through probing interviews or carefully targeted public records requests is essential to this role. We want someone who will be able to produce regular small-scale investigative stories as well as larger scale, project-level collaborative packages that probe major problems, explore potential solutions and light a fire under people who can make meaningful change.
In the first two years of this partnership, The Californian and the California Divide project have broken significant stories that led to changes in legislation, provided resources to the most vulnerable and drawn accolades from community advocates and fellow journalists. This included being the first to report on deadly outbreaks among H2A workers, reporting from inside the homes of agricultural workers struggling with overcrowded conditions and examining the ways people throughout California clung to housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Salinas is thecounty seatofMonterey County, California. Surrounded by fertile agricultural fields, its known as the Salad Bowl of the World as well as the hometown of John Steinbeck. Its located just inland from Monterey Bay and approximately 60 miles south of San Jose.
- Connects with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.) Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
- Develops effective local partnerships, particularly with Spanish language media and community organizations that can connect The Californian and the California Divide project to new sources and audiences.
- Works with editors and audience analysts to evaluate what's working and what's not and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
- Collaborates effectively with local newsroom colleagues, CalMatters reporters and editors and journalists throughout the USA TODAY Network.
- Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brands of The Californian and the Divide project.
- While not primarily a local reporter, is available to participate in all-hands breaking news coverage and shows a willingness to pitch in where theres a need.
- Bachelors or masters degree in journalism, communication or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Spanish language skills strongly desired.
2-5 years of investigative reporting experience, and at least 3 years of news reporting experience.
Work samples that demonstrate storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.
Comfortable combing through data, but also finding the real stories that drive narrative.
Is familiar with filing state and federal records requests and analyzing the documents that come back.
Loves to talk to people, because people are at the heart of every good investigative story.
Is able to write stories with a narrative flair that attracts readers and keeps them engaged.
Proven experience producing accurate reports under deadline pressure, in a style that resonates with mobile and social audiences.
Effective communicator; able to get along with diverse personalities.
Strong news judgement and ability to multitask.
Strong command of AP grammar and style.
Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
Is passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.
Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission.
Has a clear understanding of digital metrics and audience engagement.
Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
This role requires a valid drivers license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check and a motor vehicle record check & drug screen (for driving roles only).
We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, dont limit your upload to a resume; show us what youve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:
1. Your resume one to two pages.
2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what youve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.
It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.
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