The Oaklandside is looking for a tenacious reporter who will closely follow everything that’s happening at City Hall, help all Oaklanders better understand the way local government impacts their lives, and let them know how to get involved when big decisions about our city’s future are being made.
Your reporting will pull back the curtain on how local levers of power—elected officials, city departments, watchdog agencies, community organizations, businesses, and much more—push and pull to shape what’s possible in Oakland.
With a new incoming mayor and a reconstituted City Council in 2023, looming decisions that could change the face of the city, like the proposed A’s ballpark, and dynamic debates over solutions to chronic issues like homelessness and gun violence, it’s a perfect time to join our award-winning, nine-person newsroom and turbocharge our reporting on these crucial issues.
You’ll cut through the jargon and officialese that’s often used in City Hall, and you will pitch ideas aimed at helping far more Oaklanders follow along with big stories and participate in public forums. Your reporting will tackle complex and nuanced stories, and your work will be accessible to all readers, not just self-described news junkies or politics watchers.
You’ll report a mix of public meeting coverage, breaking news, in-depth features, investigations, and service-oriented stories that are doggedly dedicated to making the ins and outs of local government more transparent and accountable. You’ll experiment with ways to reach and learn from community members beyond publishing at oaklandside.org, like live forums, text campaigns, and wholly original ways of meeting people where they’re at.
The salary for this position is $65,000 to $85,000, depending on experience. You’ll have access to Cityside’s healthcare plan, four weeks of paid leave, and a 401(k) match. You’ll also have a $1,000 annual professional development stipend.
The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2023, though the position will remain open if we hope to attract more candidates. Please use the form below to apply. Thank you in advance for your time and interest.
What you’ll do
Report and write an average of three stories a week, including breaking news, in-depth features, and service-oriented pieces, showing residents how they can have an impact on city decisions
Consistently cover City Council meetings and Oakland’s other important boards and commissions, including live updates via social media
Explore, with your editors, other ways to reach and inform people, such as newsletters, community events, and text services
Be an accessible, leading source of information on your beat
Work with the team to elevate your work and expand its reach
Report to the Oaklandside managing editor
What you’ll need to succeed
Two-plus years of reporting experience
A solid understanding of and comfort with reporting on local government, local politics, and policy
A good understanding of how to obtain and use public records
Experience in breaking news, coupled with a deep desire to reimagine how breaking news can serve Oakland
Strong writing, self-editing, and time-management skills
A commitment to ethical, accurate, inclusive reporting
Experience in building a beat and cultivating sources
Social media competencies
The ability to synthesize and present complex information in a highly accessible, engaging, and clear manner for a wide range of audiences
Openness to working in a variety of formats, from narrative reports to text-based info alerts to live conversations
Ability to identify good story ideas that deliver on our mission
The ability to maintain the highest journalistic standards under deadline pressure
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
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 professional development training related to your role