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Food Reporter

Job ID: 60715
Job Views: 345
Location: SAN FRANCISCO, California, United States
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Job Category: Newspapers
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 02.12.2021

Job Description

Food Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

The Chronicle food team’s mission is to provide the most engaging and influential coverage of the Bay Area’s food and drink culture, one of the most dynamic in the country. The team reports with accuracy and depth, tells stories through vivid and entertaining language, and critiques with insight and flair. It breaks news — then pulls off in-depth coverage of trends, people, and issues. The team also knows how to make our audiences salivate. A deep love of all things food and drink, and the joy these can bring, informs our coverage.

The Food Reporter is a journalist who has their finger on the pulse of the Bay Area’s food and wine scene, with a nose for scoops on the most compelling new food businesses, a knack for cultivating sources who can speak to new developments in the region’s beloved existing businesses (including when those spots close), and an eye for trends that impact how we eat and drink. This versatile journalist knows how to report and write accurately on deadline — and can produce longer-term, engrossing profiles or narratives about happenings in the food and wine world, as well as occasional guides on the best that the Bay Area has to offer. 

We’re seeking a self-starter with high standards who has excellent communication skills, is comfortable providing and taking feedback, is committed to inclusive journalism, and wants to own the stories that matter most.

What You Will Do

  • Report and write stories about food and drink openings, closings, trends, and other happenings for and The San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Cultivate sources in the Bay Area’s food and drink world for scoops, including (but not exclusive to) how social media plays a role in the scene.
  • Collaborate with the rest of the newsroom for photography, design, and digital publishing schedules.
  • Work with the rest of the food team on group projects about the dining scene.
  • Help produce food stories online, including writing for off-platform venues such as social media and newsletters.

What It Will Take To Be Successful

  • At least three years of experience in a modern newsroom or a related work environment.
  • Strong news judgment, creativity and meticulousness.
  • Ability to break news about the food and drink industry in the Bay Area.
  • Experience developing a beat and sources.
  • Ability to report stories and write quickly while keeping the strictest commitment to fairness and accuracy.
  • Passion for food and drink.
  • Knowledge of multimedia storytelling, social media engagement and other strategies to broaden readership.
  • Ability to collaborate with all newsroom teams and work in a fast-changing news environments

Note: We are open to candidates who do not have previous experience in covering food, as long as you have some experience reporting! But please do send a short note or cover letter that incorporates the answers these questions:

1) Why do you want to cover food in the Bay Area?

2) What kind of stories are you interested in pursuing, and why?


About The San Francisco Chronicle And

The San Francisco Chronicle is world-class journalism. With name-brand voices and a keen editorial eye, The Chronicle is an authority that still surprises. The Chronicle, one of the largest news organizations in the West, has been named California’s best large newsroom for four of the past five years. delivers the Bay Area’s best journalism. It is the Bay Area’s authoritative online news source, focused on San Francisco but inclusive of all California and Western news that reflects the unique Bay Area experience. The staff won ONA Online Journalism Awards for General Excellence in 2020 and for Breaking News coverage in 2019 and 2020.

Job Requirements


  • This position is full-time.
  • The successful candidate must be based in the Bay Area or willing to move to the region.


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