Date Posted February 11, 2020
Industry Digital Media, Nonprofit
Specialty Not Specified
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If you are a journalist who always knows the latest unemployment rate and can explain what difference Wall Street makes to my life as a Californian, you might be the next economy reporter at CalMatters.

This is not a business reporter job, but this reporter knows what motivates business. This job is about helping people understand the business and economic trends that shape public policy, that influence the cost of living, that reveal the jobs being created and those that are going away. CalMatters explains the major state issues in California and all of it — education, environment, healthcare, transportation, justice — is shaped by the state’s business and economic trends. California is also a high-cost, high wage state. One of its central debates today is about maintaining those high wages and lowering those high costs.

There are many, many policy issues that shape California industry and its economy — the fifth largest in the world. California sits on the Pacific Rim, it is the nation’s largest agricultural state, it is home to Silicon Valley and Hollywood and its prosperity is seriously threatened by housing costs that make it hard to find employees, a higher education system that is turning away students and the common political complaint that regulation and taxation are driving businesses elsewhere. 

This is a rich beat with a variety of human, business and political stories.

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We are an expanding and collaborative newsroom, successfully forging a new model for sustainable, intelligent, nonprofit journalism. We’re committed to diversity and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. If you’re interested, please provide a resume, a cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job and links to at least six online samples of your work. Write to with the job title in the subject line.

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