Investigative Reporter

San José Spotlight

San Jose, California

Date Posted June 17, 2022
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Not Specified
Telecommute? Yes
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified



San José Spotlight is looking for an investigative reporter who lives to expose wrongdoing, shed light on corruption, pore through public records, reveal the holes in Silicon Valley's safety nets and hold power to account. 

The Investigative Reporter will cover politics, policy and government in Santa Clara County with a focus on data-driven enterprise, investigative and accountability reporting. The ideal candidate has a long list of project ideas and can juggle quick, mid-range and long-term investigations. The right candidate might also help lead another investigative reporter and grow into a leadership role that includes some editing duties.

Candidates must have a track record of producing impactful in-depth or investigative stories, particularly with a focus on marginalized, underprivileged and underserved communities.


San José Spotlight is an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to independent political and business reporting. Our journalists chase the big stories in the heart of Silicon Valley, an exciting market with no shortage of compelling stories that shape the national conversation. Our reporters are flexible, with exceptional digital skills, including social media, and the ability to write compelling copy -- quickly and accurately. 

Our mission is to change the face of local journalism by building a community-supported newsroom that ignites civic engagement, educates citizens and strengthens our democracy.


  • Hungrily pursues the truth, digging through records, databases and people’s differing accounts. Can work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Frame news coverage through the lens of the most vulnerable, with a focus on communities of color, power and policy. Prioritize accountability and watchdog reporting. 
  • Ensure everyday people are at the center of our reporting, prioritizing diversity and voices of disenfranchised or minority communities, addressing the effect of government actions and public policies on businesses and residents. Be willing to ask tough questions.
  • Cover assigned stories and investigate news tips, as directed by editors, and utilize social media (i.e. Twitter, Nextdoor) to build an audience, generate sources and connect with readers.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to fairness and accuracy, in fact and in tone, and a strong grounding in journalism ethics.
  • Work collaboratively with editors and other San José Spotlight journalists. 
  • Attend and actively participate in editorial and departmental meetings.
  • Generate story ideas by building source relationships in the community and inside the halls of power, in addition to coming up with unique enterprise stories, story angles and leads. We'd love if you can bring a little extra to the table (like data analysis, photography, video, or community engagement skills). Must have knowledge of the California Public Records Act and how to find, request and review public records.


•  Email resume and a cover letter/statement of interest. Tell us why you are a good fit for San José Spotlight and how you would elevate our public service journalism to the next level.
•  Contact information for 3 references.
•  Links to 3-5 samples of your best investigative work, including enterprise, watchdog journalism -- especially those stories that have led to change in your community.

Email to San José Spotlight co-founder Ramona Giwargis:

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