Growth and Development reporter in San Diego County’s backcountry
inewsource has an opening for an accountability and investigative reporter to cover growth and development issues in eastern San Diego County. This position is sponsored in part by Report for America, a nonprofit journalism organization that helps newsrooms cover under-covered issues. The program is aimed at emerging journalists in the first five years of their careers.
The backcountry beat will be focused on the growth and development issues affecting the lives of the half million residents in this eastern region, which stretches from the Mexican border north to Riverside County. The region currently receives scant news coverage yet is home to 18 Indian reservations and nine casinos, farms, a national forest, two state parks, Caltech’s Palomar Observatory and two U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints. There are 18 school districts, 10 water districts and eight fire districts.
If you’re the right candidate for the job, you are curious and fearless. You should have experience covering government boards and agencies, and be well versed in writing PRAs and appreciating how data can make your investigations bullet-proof. You also need to excel at finding traditional and nontraditional sources who live and work in the backcountry, from farmers to casino workers to water district board members to environmentalists to firefighters. You must be prepared to dig into new topics and become an expert in them.
inewsource is based in the newsroom of KPBS, the public radio and TV station in San Diego. The station is our primary news partner. Broadcast experience is helpful but not required, though the reporter must be willing to learn radio and TV. Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.
How to apply: Interested applicants must apply to Report for America, which does the initial screening and recommends potential candidates to inewsource editors, who make the final hiring decision.
Deadline to apply: Jan. 31, 2020