The Sacramento Bee

Asian-American issues in California

Location: Sacramento, Calif.

About the News Organization: The Sacramento Bee is the only daily newspaper covering California’s capital city. At 161 years old, the news organization is McClatchy’s flagship. The newspaper’s coverage area extends along the I-80 corridor from Lake Tahoe to the East and up to but not necessarily including the Bay Area. The newspaper covers northern California regularly as well as Stockton. In Sacramento, readers expect The Sacramento Bee to hold elected officials at the statehouse to account, and they rely on the newspaper for deep environmental coverage in addition to local government and growth.

About the Position: Nearly 20 percent of Sacramento residents and 16 percent of Californians are of Asian descent, making this the fastest growing demographic in the state. The Asian diaspora in Sacramento is complicated, vast and underrepresented in The Sacramento Bee’s coverage. The Report for America corps member will cover Asian-American issues in Sacramento, including the city’s Hmong, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Cambodian and Japanese communities, among the many others. Stories will include larger California issues such as how the DACA debate affects Cambodians brought to Sacramento as young children to escape the Khmer Rouge, and the largely unreported deportations currently occurring in the Vietnamese community. The reporter will explore topics such as how cultural expectations affect the #metoo movement, domestic violence and educational outcomes for girls. The beat will also explore how Asians who have been economically successful are reshaping California politics and our understanding of how we are increasingly part of the Pacific Rim. This reporter will work on a high-impact team and be mentored by a senior reporter.

Preferred Skills: Experience with data journalism, multimedia basics and fluency in Filipino, Chinese or Vietnamese would be a plus

Application Deadline: February 8 at 11:59pm ET
Start Date: June 1
Contract Period: One year (12-months) with the possibility of a second year renewal

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