The Desert Sun is a small but mighty newsroom covering the Coachella Valley in Southern California. The Desert Sun is known for its groundbreaking environmental coverage, extensive arts reporting and watchdog journalism. The paper has won numerous awards, including an Edward R. Murrow award for a short film, “Freed But Forgotten: A Proposition 47 Investigation.” As a member of the USA Today network, its reporting regularly also appears in USA Today and 100+ other Gannett Co. papers. In addition to local news coverage, The Desert Sun produces a magazine, DESERT; a music festival called Tachevah; and a community storytelling series.
The Desert Sun
Location: * West, California
Beat: Growing senior population in the Palm Springs area
Position: This reporter chronicles the joys and challenges of aging well, an empathetic and patient journalist curious about the lives of seniors, policies that affect them, resources available to them—and those that are lacking. We seek a storyteller who one day might write about dating in nursing homes, the next day might dig into drug price data, and the next examine the senior center budget. This reporter would team up with our government and health reporters. Seniors are the most passionate newspaper readers (and our best customers) but some struggle with technology and don’t know how to access our digital features. Our RFA plays an ambassador role, helping seniors learn how to engage with our digital products, from news alerts to Alexa apps, via in-person workshops.
Reporter: Amanda Ulrich