Freelance Reporter Wanted: Public Housing Stories

Hannah Kaplan interviews a homeless man in San Francisco while reporting about the city's navigation centers and other programs designed to help people who need housing.

Noah Arroyo/San Francisco Public Press

Hannah Kaplan interviews a homeless man in San Francisco while reporting about the city's navigation centers and other programs designed to help people who need housing.

The San Francisco Public Press is looking for a freelance journalist to write articles about public housing living conditions, legal issues, finances and history.

We are especially interested in writers with local knowledge, cultural competence reporting in low-income communities, availability to report on the ground in and around San Francisco and an interest in collaboratively learning new storytelling techniques, which may include audio reporting, photography and data journalism.

This is a three-month contract position, with the possibility for extension, paid at a rate of $25 per hour. We’re expecting roughly 10 hours of work per week, producing some six stories in that time.

The Public Press is a 12-year-old independent nonprofit organization that produces a news website, daily podcast and quarterly print edition. We focus on investigative and solutions journalism with a systems-thinking and social equity lens.

To apply, please send a brief letter of introduction, a resume or short bio, and writing samples — preferably but not exclusively about housing or local public policy issues. If don’t have all these qualifications but still think you are the right person for this project, we encourage you to apply and let us know why you’re a good fit.

Deadline extended: Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. Send applications to: [email protected], with the subject line: Freelance reporter

(Please note: We have only recently redoubled our outreach efforts for this position and want to give people who have just recently learned about the opportunity a chance to send in their application.)

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