(h/t CapSciComm colleagues Pam Kan-Rice, Brenda Dawson and Cory Golden)
“The Davis Enterprise is hunting for two energetic, confident reporters ready to join an experienced, supportive staff on the best small community newspaper in California. We have full-time openings for both a city hall reporter and a reporter covering the environment, agriculture and business.
Successful applicants will show an ease for newsworthy detail, love for good storytelling and experience working on deadline.
- Our new city hall reporter will find residents and readers who are engaged down to the finest details of the city’s operations and who demand innovative thinking from its leaders. The job requires asking hard questions, delving deep into local issues and connecting local politics and policy to the lives of real people. It involves some night meeting coverage. Familiarity with public records requests will be helpful.
- The reporter who takes on the combined enviro/ag/business job will find UC Davis and the surrounding county filled with experts pushing the boundaries of sustainability, while the business beat encompasses everything from locally owned restaurants to cutting-edge startups. The job requires the ability to ferret out interesting news, find creative approaches to stories and juggle beats.
Both positions also require the ability to tackle breaking news, including occasional police beat stories, and an interest in social media.
About us: The Enterprise (circulation: 9,500) has won the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s general excellence award for newspapers our size three of the past four years. We publish five days per week (Tuesday through Friday afternoons and Sunday mornings).
Davis (population: 65,000-plus) sits 20 minutes from Sacramento, an hour from San Francisco and two hours from Lake Tahoe. Known as America’s most bike-friendly city, Davis routinely ranks among the most livable small towns and highly educated cities! in the county. UC Davis is home to more than 33,000 students pursuing more than 100 majors. U.S. News and World Report ranks it ninth among public research universities.
Applicants: Please send a cover letter, résumé and five examples of published work (including both hard-news and feature stories) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 1. Please place “job application” in the subject lines and say whether you’d like to be considered for one or both positions. A bachelor’s degree in journalism is preferred, but not required for those with journalism experience.”