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Breaking News Reporter

Job Summary

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California, has a proud tradition of aggressively covering breaking news. In fact, we were the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting; further indication that we swarm news as it happens. We are expanding our Breaking News Team and are seeking an experienced, fire-in-the-belly BREAKING NEWS REPORTER to cover news and enterprise stories in Sonoma County and across our swatch of Northern California.

We are a financially strong 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. The ideal candidate will have strong multimedia skills, including the use of a smartphone to produce photos and video, and must be adept in use of social media for news gathering and audience engagement.

Data acquisition, analysis and presentation skills are a plus, as is fluency in Spanish.

This is an important part of our Local News operation. The ideal reporter will cover a broad array of issues, with a heavy emphasis on breaking news. You also will get the opportunity to collaborate with other members of our Newsroom team on important community issues to holding local officials and government agencies accountable.

Candidates must be naturally curious and motivated, with a proven ability to report compelling stories that resonate with readers.

We're seeking someone who must:
 Be skilled at reporting, writing and growing your digital audience through social media.
 Be comfortable writing 6-8 breaking news stories per week, including public safety stories, features and occasional meeting coverage. You also must be able to generate story ideas.
 Be able to shoot production-quality photographs and videos.
 Have strong knowledge of AP style and be able to write and edit stories for grammar, spelling, content and libel.
 Excel in social media proficiency.
 Develop and maintain relationships with public figures and officials; especially in public safety circles.
 Respond to emails, texts and voicemails in a timely manner

We offer an opportunity to grow your career at our award-winning family of publications at Sonoma Media Investments, 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 Pacific Ocean coastline. The region, home to 650,000 people, is an international destination for tourists and produces some of the best wine, food and beer on the planet. Two colleges, along with 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.

So, are you the ideal candidate? To be considered, send us:
 Your updated resume and a link to your LinkedIn profile.
 A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
 Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve written, produced, or had a hand in that best reflects your writing skills and your response to breaking news.

To apply, please visit our company career page:

Sonoma Media Investments is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Organization: The Press Democrat
Location: Santa Rosa CA US
Date Posted: May 13, 2021
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