Business Reporter

This staff writer position offers the chance to cover the biggest story in business today: the world-changing technology scene in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. We are looking for a reporter eager to break news and report features ahead of competitors, and also take on ambitious, big-picture projects. The Chronicle must be a leading voice in covering new and established businesses, with an eye for their global impact and how the waves of technology that emanate from the region ripple back and change other businesses, too.


  • Find stories as they emerge, and help readers understand why the news matters to them.
  • Write engaging, original and thoroughly reported stories that not only break news, but demonstrate critical thinking about the topic.
  • Be an industry leader on a local and national level. Lead the conversation about technology and business.
  • Understand and use data. Crunch numbers and work with the SFChronicle.com team to think of creative ways to present the data.
  • Develop a wide range of sources, and work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Report over multiple channels, including print, SFChronicle.com, SFGate.com, social media and live online events.
  • Think visually and coordinate with the design and photography departments.
  • Bring energy and ideas to the Business team and The Chronicle at large.
  • Understand basic online content management systems and be adept at social media.

   What will it take to be successful?

  • Three years’ experience reporting and writing for national or major regional publications, print or online.
  • Excellent reporting skills. The position requires a curious, enterprising and quick-moving reporter who can sniff out fresh stories and bring appropriate news judgment. Be deadline-driven, and scoop-driven.
  • Excellent writing skills and a contemporary, intelligent voice.
  • The ability to shift from short online pieces to longer, immersive features -- and to recognize which stories deserve which treatment.
  • Willingness to embrace a workload that includes quick-turn stories and features. Your byline should appear at least 2-3 times a week, either online or in print, with frequent front-page contributions.
  • Ability to think creatively in a fast-paced, evolving newsroom.
  • An understanding of digital storytelling, production and analytics.
  • Experience with social media and willingness to try new channels.

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