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California Divide Reporter

  • 2022-05-19 2:51 PM
    Message # 12786627

    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 is based in Fresno and 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, we have five reporters and one editor assigned to the California Divide team spread throughout the state. 

    In seven 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 250 media outlets in California. 

    Responsibilities include:

    • 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
    • Based in Fresno

    These would be a plus:

    • The ability to report and write in both Spanish and English
    • Experience with data analysis and data journalism
    • Familiarity with California

    Compensation and benefits:

    The base salary for this position is $60,000 per year; higher compensation may be available for someone with advanced skills and/or experience. 

    CalMatters offers a complete benefits package with medical, dental and vision insurance (we cover 90% of the cost for employees and 70% for dependents) from a range of HMO and PPO providers. We’ll match contributions of up to 4% of your salary to our 401(k) program, provide life insurance at no cost, and give you an allowance for personal use of your cell phone and a budget for professional development opportunities like classes and conferences.

    More About CalMatters

    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. 

    Since we launched seven 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.

    We are also an expanding and collaborative newsroom, successfully forging a new model for sustainable, intelligent, nonprofit journalism. We’re committed to reflecting the people of the state we serve and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. 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.

    Apply here:

    If you have trouble applying online and prefer to apply by email, write to with the job title in the subject line.

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