Write For Streetsblog San Francisco: We’re Looking For Our Next Reporter


The news that my colleague, Deputy Editor Matthew Roth, is leaving is still sinking in. His departure will no doubt be a huge loss for us. Matthew’s intelligent, witty commentary and his smarts on the issues shaped the blog’s voice. He co-founded Streetsblog SF and there’s no way it could have become what it is today without him. In addition to being a great reporter, advocate and colleague, Matthew is also a close friend and I’m going to really miss working with him on a daily basis. But we’re not losing him entirely. He will continue to provide occasional pieces, transitioning to a freelance position.

In the meantime, we’re starting an immediate search for a new reporter. We want to boost our daily content in 2011 and will be turning to our great community of advocates and readers for material. More about that next month. For now, if you know anyone who you think would be ideal for this position please let me know. Here’s my call for applications:

Streetsblog San Francisco is looking for a talented journalist and sustainable transportation advocate who is eager to make an impact in the Bay Area. Building on the success of Streetsblog San Francisco, the local reporter will cover and write about transit, bicycling, pedestrian, and urban planning issues, providing a mix of newspaper-quality journalism and timely opinion pieces.

The ideal candidate shares our vision of Streetsblog as a respected, insightful information hub about how transportation policy is shaped at the federal, state, and local levels – and why those policies should be improved.

Streetsblog San Francisco launched in January 2009 with a primary goal of elevating the public dialogue on sustainable transportation issues. Combining the role of advocate and journalist, we’ve provided critical coverage of livable streets issues widely read by policy makers and transportation professionals in the Bay Area.

We are seeking a reporter or advocate with previous professional experience to do original research, reporting, interviews, investigation and coverage of events. To that end, our ideal candidate has:

  • Professional journalism experience with an ability to write quick pieces on deadline.
  • Passion for biking, progressive urban planning, improving public spaces, as evidenced by experience with related groups and/or press beats. This stuff keeps you up at night.
  • Multi-media experience, including video editing and still photography.
  • Excellent public speaking skills. You’re not camera shy and ready to go on the radio to talk about the last story you wrote.
  • Experience with Word Press or other blogging / content production technologies, a big plus.

People of color, LGBT individuals, women and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, references and three writing samples to bryan  (at) sf.streetsblog.org. This position is full-time with benefits and five weeks of vacation.


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