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Company: The Ark
Award-winning Tiburon weekly seeks community
beat reporter
Tiburon, California
Job Status:  Part-time
Salary:  Up to $15,000


Tiburon's 2,500-circulation weekly newspaper — which was recently recognized for General Excellence by the National Newspaper Association and earned 19 awards for reporting, photography and design in the California Newspaper Publishers Association's annual statewide contest — is seeking a part-time beat reporter to cover hyperlocal news on Marin County's Tiburon Peninsula.




Strawberry community and government (part-time, long-term, independent contract): This beat reporter will cover the government and community of Strawberry, the unincorporated area of Mill Valley that’s east of Highway 101 in Marin County. It is governed primarily by two local boards and overseen by additional county boards. You will cover these boards' night meetings as well as community events and issues — primarily focused on open space, affordable housing and public transit — and find interesting members of the community for features and profiles. This is a long-term, independent-contract/freelance position. The reporter will work in the field and from home, and the job requires regular night and occasional weekend work. Reporting is paid at $17 hourly with varying hours, but can be about 20 per week.




You should live within 30 minutes of the coverage area, as the job requires attendance of meetings and in-person reporting in town; the job will require use of a personal vehicle. Out-of-area applications will not be considered unless you specify that you're relocating and can do so immediately; we cannot pay relocation expenses. 


A background in journalism is required; knowledge of AP style, California's open meetings laws, government and courts/crime reporting is strongly preferred. You should know how to identify the news value of specific items in your community and at meetings, to develop your story leads, to write a proper lede and nut graf, to challenge friendly and trusted sources, to write under deadline pressure, and to boil down seemingly endless pages of government documents into a story that makes sense to a general audience.




Send a resume, cover letter (optional) and clips to Executive Editor Kevin Hessel at; your full name should be in the file name of the submitted documents. Please note that we are an extremely small operation that's now short-staffed, so If we're interested, we'll contact you as soon as possible. Please do not call. Thank you for your patience.


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