Hey there, Oakland Local reader:
We’re hiring two part-time East Bay based tech and business writers. You should have 1-10 years experience writing for the web, but most importantly, you should be a talented, fast, and accurate writer and have a strong interest in technology, green tech, web and business and a passionate interest in Oakland and the East Bay.

Responsibilities include:
• Writing blog posts about current news. Be fast, interesting and thorough.
• Meeting with tech companies and leaders. Yep, profiles, features, news reports. Face to face, even.
• Reporting from the field. Hackathons, meetings, events

You need to be skilled as a tech writer, meaning you’re comfortable talking about using tech. You will have an accessible conversational tone in your work, and a talent for feature writing and reporting as well as a strong interest in data and digital inclusion issues. If you’re witty and not snarky–extra bonus points but we hate mean and stupid jokes. Extra extra for some hard news and some lifestyle reporting experience.

We also want you to: generate story ideas like a maniac, spot stories early that aren’t the same old same old and be a nice person we’ll like working with. If you can’t take critical feedback and use it to better yourself and the site, do not apply. Be reliable also. You will get paid on time and we’ll help you become a better writer with a great portfolio.

Submit a resume in plain text emails, with a cover letter above it and 5 ideas for stories related to East Bay and Oakland tech and business. You will be judged on timeliness, so don’t post old news please.
We also want to see links to 5-8 published stories (can be on your blog or other sites) that support your interest in this role. BIG bonus points for being brilliant, making us laugh, and being diverse/authentic in your writing. Minus points for recycling the same old same old like we don’t read it too.

Send to jobs@oaklandlocal.com with Biz/Tech writer in the subject line. Don’t apply without following these directions.


About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

3 Responses

  1. Sean

    “Thorough” is misspelled in the first bullet point. Tech writer + editor in one!


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