Educational Equity Reporter, Oakland

We’re building a nonprofit newsroom to help people across Oakland better understand and engage with our city’s greatest challenges and opportunities. We’ve spoken to a wide range of community members and identified a need for bold, informed reporting and conversation on schools, school boards, educators, and students in Oakland. You’ll examine the impacts of school policies and school board decisions, help parents and students better navigate their options, and provide insight into what’s working and what’s not working in Oakland schools. You’ll also help reimagine how local journalism can serve this city. Read more about our Oakland newsroom and founding values.

You’ll be joining us at an exciting time in our development. After 10 years building Berkeleyside into a widely recognized, nationally lauded local news site, we are launching an ambitious, nonprofit, mission-driven organization that will embrace Berkeleyside and new city newsrooms. We have core funding from the American Journalism Project and Google News Initiative. Our first new launch will be in Oakland this spring. 

What you’ll do

  • Report, in a variety of formats, three to four stories a week
  • Become an accessible, leading source of local information on education in Oakland
  • Strategize with our Editor-in-Chief and others to extend the reach of your reporting both online and offline, and serve and engage community members beyond published articles
  • Help shape the development of a brand-new newsroom rooted in equity, inclusion, and a service-oriented approach to local journalism
  • Report to our Managing Editor

What you’ll need to succeed

  • A commitment to ethical, accurate, inclusive reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to serve public information needs, whether through traditional reporting or other means
  • A collaborative spirit
  • Cultural competence: the awareness and knowledge to ensure that our reporting agenda reflects the diversity of Oakland’s people and communities, and the communication skills to collaborate across lines of difference
  • Openness to public speaking in multiple formats, from radio to TV to live events
  • A radical imagination for what journalism can look like, who it serves, and who can contribute

We’re especially interested in candidates who

  • Have deep knowledge and connections related to education in Oakland
  • Have worked in local journalism in Oakland
  • Are personally grounded in underserved communities represented in Oakland
  • Have demonstrated experience in community engagement, data-driven reporting, multi-format storytelling, or public records
  • Have language skills related to communities in Oakland

How we’ll support you

  • Top-notch editing, in-house mentorship, and a transparent internal review and feedback process
  • $1,000 in support for conferences and training related to your beat
  • Training in public speaking and live moderation

The salary for this position is $60,000 to $80,000, depending on experience. We offer a health plan, four weeks of paid leave, and a 401(k) match. This position is based in Oakland.

We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom that represents the people and communities we serve. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this position, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

Note: The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. PST, Monday, March 3.

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Read about Oakland and our expansion.