Sfgate Hawaii Contributing Editor
Hearst NewspapersSan Francisco, CA
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SFGATE Hawaii Contributing Editor
Launched in 1994, SFGATE.com was one of the first large-market media sites in the world and served as the exclusive digital home of the San Francisco Chronicle for 19 years. In 2019, the Chronicle (which can now be found online at the paywalled sfchronicle.com) and SFGATE officially became two separately run entities with their own editorial staffs and independent newsrooms.
Today, SFGATE is a digital-only publication that reaches more than 28 million readers every month and tells the stories of the people, places and ideas that make San Francisco, and the Bay Area at large, the weird and wonderful place that it is . We help readers navigate their day, whether it's by keeping them updated on big breaking news, guiding them to interesting local experiences or sharing a part of the Bay they haven't seen before.
The site is home to seven verticals: Culture , offering a unique mix of the entertainment news you actually need, and the underground stories from hidden corners of the Bay Area you want ; Local , the premier destination for everything that life in San Francisco encompasses (from wildly expensive real estate to schools to what it's like to live above a raucous bar); Sports , covering the intersection of sports and culture; Travel , covering everything from flight deals and travel news, to hotel hacks and under-the-radar day trips ; Politics , where we keep you up to speed on all local, state and national politics that have implications on the Bay Area; Food Drink , where we tell you the backstory of the people behind the bar and in the kitchen; and News , plus has satellite editors covering Lake Tahoe , California Parks , and Disneyland .
Under the direction of SFGATE's Deputy Managing Editor, the Hawaii Contributing Editor (20 hours a week) will be a versatile journalist with a deep understanding of Hawaii and enough intellectual curiosity to want to tell stories that matter to both the people who live there, and the people who visit. The contributing editor will be able to toggle between fast-paced daily stories and the well-sourced, deep-dive features that remind people why Hawaii is such an important place to locals and Californians alike.
What you'll do:
• Consistently have new ideas - you'll be given a blank canvas to tell stories that matter across a broad range of categories for a region that doesn't have a wealth of definitive pieces of journalism about important people, places, or things. You need to have a constant stream of new ideas to paint this. Lists of things to do in Hawaii have been done to death, we want to start a fresh conversation about it that highlights a more journalistic path.
• Be autonomous - this is a remote position that comes with a lot of trust, to both keep an editorial calendar, meet deadlines, understand analytics and communicate with the copy desk in SF.
• Have a fantastic network - a big part of this role is being someone who already has the network to be able to tell these stories. We want someone who is - and has been - part of the community they write about, that already knows who should be profiled, what places are beloved, and what topics will hit a chord with locals and visitors.
• Be consistent - you'll be writing 2-3 big features a week, we want someone who can move the audience with every single piece, and have the planning foresight to make sure they have something really great lined up for weeks to come.
Who you are:
• You have 3 to 4 years of relevant experience writing and editing at a publication or in a digital media environment
• You're based in California , but have deep ties or connections in the Aloha State
• Your knowledge of Hawaii spans beyond a single discipline (we're not looking for just a travel reporter, or someone who only knows Oahu really well)
• You understand how to share Hawaii's stories and perspectives for a California audience
• You have a passion for journalism and telling stories
• You've read SFGATE and have an understanding of the brand and voice
As part of its continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees, Hearst Newspapers requires that all employees who receive a written offer of employment on or after November 12, 2021, be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against the coronavirus by the first day of employment as a condition of employment, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Hearst Newspapers will consider requests for reasonable accommodations due to medical , including pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, and/or religious reasons on an individual basis in accordance with applicable legal requirements.