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Mission Local — a trusted San Francisco news source since 2008 — is looking to hire a senior editor/reporter to help manage its nonprofit newsroom. Deadline: Open until filled.

You will help

  • Set the editorial vision for the newsroom.
  • Manage the story budget and help young staff reporters develop story ideas.
  • Work with reporters and interns through the editing process.
  • Write the daily newsletter. 
  • Generate your own stories. 
  • Must be committed to working on-site in SF’s Mission District.


  • Knowledge of San Francisco and, in particular, its difficult issues around housing, police reform, health equity and city corruption. 
  • Exceptional writing, reporting and editing skills.
  • Solid news background and at least four years of experience.
  • Effective leadership and personnel-management skills.
  • Outstanding editing, coaching, organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work with young reporters.
  • Uncompromising news judgment and commitment to editorial standards.
  • An openness to experimenting with different types of storytelling.
  • Committed to reporting that is inclusive and reflective of all communities, particularly those historically underrepresented in mainstream media.
  • Ability to multitask and work on deadlines.
  • The ability to speak multiple languages is a plus. 
  • A sense of humor.


Competitive, and depends on experience. 

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision, plus four weeks of paid vacation (One is during the Christmas/New Year’s week, and one is the week before Labor Day). 

Mission Local is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. We consider all candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume and 3 to 5 clips that you’ve written and/or edited to: and   Subject: EDITOR’S POSITION 

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Founder/Executive Editor. I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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