Under the direction of SFGATE’s tech editor, the tech reporter will be a versatile journalist who can deftly navigate the vast, complex world that is the tech industry, offering readers an inside look into the titans that already operate in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco, while also exploring the emerging companies that are quietly changing the industry (and the world) little by little. We want a reporter who is interested not just in the biggest players in the tech world, but also in the workers behind it all and the users who shape internet culture. Strong reporting and writing skills, the ability to work under tight deadlines, and the desire to dig deep to get a story are necessary skills to do this job well.
Launched in 1994, SFGATE.com was one of the first large-market media sites in the world and served as the exclusive digital home of the San Francisco Chronicle for 19 years. In 2019, the Chronicle (which can now be found online at the paywalled sfchronicle.com) and SFGATE officially became two separately run entities with their own editorial staffs and independent newsrooms.
Today, SFGATE is a digital-only publication that reaches more than 28 million readers every month and tells the stories of the people, places and ideas that make San Francisco, and the Bay Area at large, the weird and wonderful place that it is. We help readers navigate their day, whether it’s by keeping them updated on big breaking news, guiding them to interesting local experiences or sharing a part of the Bay they haven’t seen before.
The site is home to eight verticals: Culture, offering a unique mix of the entertainment news you actually need, and the underground stories from hidden corners of the Bay Area you want; Local, the premier destination for everything that life in San Francisco encompasses (from wildly expensive real estate to schools to what it’s like to live above a raucous bar); Sports, covering the intersection of sports and culture; Travel, covering everything from flight deals and travel news, to hotel hacks and under-the-radar day trips; Politics, where we keep you up to speed on all local, state and national politics that have implications on the Bay Area; Tech, covering the vast digital world and its real-life impacts; Food + Drink, where we tell you the backstory of the people behind the bar and in the kitchen; and News, plus has satellite contributing editors covering Lake Tahoe, California Parks, the Central Coast, Hawaii, Disneyland, and Cannabis.
What you’ll do:
- Report to the SFGATE tech editor, writing up to 2 short news stories per day at their direction
- Keep track of the major tech companies in the Bay Area, including how they’re operating, where they’re locating and what their employees are up to
- Pitch longer-form stories 3-5 times a year that seek to dig deep into a particular tech phenomenon and explain its impact on its users
- Work autonomously when needed and meet deadlines consistently
- Communicate with the copy desk and editors in Slack
- Monitor analytics and build an understanding of which stories resonate with readers and which don’t
Who you are:
- You have 1 to 3 years of relevant news reporting experience at a newspaper or online news site
- You’re based in the Bay Area or willing to relocate by an agreed-upon date
- You have a deep knowledge of the region that spans beyond a single discipline
- You have a passion for journalism and telling stories
- You’ve read SFGATE and have an understanding of the brand and voice
To apply, go here.