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San Jose Mercury News seeks a housing reporter

April 3, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The Bay Area News Group, a subsidiary of MediaNews Group, is seeking a Housing Reporter to join The Mercury News team! We are looking for an energetic and resourceful reporter to join our top-notch housing team covering an issue that defines the Bay Area and shapes the lives of anyone who lives or works here. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about a topic that has the attention of everyone in the region, whether they are newcomers or long-time residents, young or old, rich or poor, renters or homeowners.

You will be responsible for covering the Bay Area housing market – everything from the big ideas and housing trends to data-driven pieces on home sales and stories about how politicians and advocates are responding to the housing crisis. You should be an experienced self-starter with an affinity for data and an ability to mine sources for a steady stream of daily news coverage and deeper enterprise for online and print platforms. You should be equally comfortable working independently and as part of a team, collaborating with other reporters who cover housing, homelessness, home sales and commercial deals.

What you will do:

  • Cover the Bay Area housing market, including the latest developments in policy, regulation and housing-related news
  • Develop and maintain sources within the housing industry, including developers, housing advocates, policymakers and local residents
  • Put readers first and make clear to readers why they should care and/or how the news affects them
  • Show a sense of urgency and a willingness to embrace last-minute changes in coverage plans and still meet critical deadlinesand standards for high-impact journalism
  • Display an interest in how metrics can help us make smart coverage decisions
  • Adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards at all times and abide by the newspaper’s written ethics policy

 What you will bring:

  • 2+ years of daily journalism experience preferred
  • Prior experience reporting on housing preferred
  • Passion for finding and telling human stories of the housing crisis across the Bay Area
  • Excellent news judgment and strong writing skill under deadline pressure
  • The ability to juggle multiple stories of varying complexity
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (journalism or related fields)

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter and 6-10 clips.

The hourly wage is $25.85 – $32.03.

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