Sonoma Media Investments

427 Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa , CA

Reporter – Sonoma Index-Tribune

Sonoma Media Investments
Santa Rosa, CA Full-time
Posted on December 27, 2018

Sonoma Media Investments, an independent, privately owned multimedia company based in Sonoma County, is seeking a Reporter for the Sonoma Index-Tribune, an award-winning twice-weekly newspaper committed to excellence in community journalism.  Index-Tribune readers online and in print enjoy extensive coverage of the people, government, trends and breaking news in Sonoma Valley.

The latest addition to this creative and aggressive news-gathering team will produce content (stories, photos and videos) for our active website while also crafting in-depth stories on general trends/topics in the community for print. 

Formed by local investors who recognize the value of local journalism, SMI has multiple publications that reach seven out of 10 North Bay adults – more than 376,000 in total.  The Index-Tribune and its website,, serve a growing and engaged audience eager to stay strongly connected to their community.

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Research and write 3-4 full length news stories weekly, plus breaking news stories as needed. Beats may include healthcare, education, crime and emergencies, as well as post-North Bay fire recovery stories, along with other general assignment reporting.
  • Write news and features briefs as needed.
  • Track local news trends, suggest news stories, photos and videos that appeal to a wide variety of print readers and website users.
  • Proofread content.
  • Post stories to and social media daily. Help keep site updated throughout the day M-F with fresh content, including breaking news, links to photo galleries, and content from affiliated publications.
  • Attend meetings and community events as necessary, obtain reports and gather data, conduct interviews and collect information.
  • Review website analytics.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field.
  • Strong knowledge and familiarity with Sonoma Valley area and community a plus.
  • Minimum of one year’s experience with a community newspaper.
  • Multimedia skills, including updating a web site, use of Photoshop, video camera, video editing and digital camera.
  • Spanish language skills a plus.

Sonoma Media Investment values the contribution of our employees and offers a competitive compensation plan. We also offer an array of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, 401K and Paid Time Off.

Sonoma Media Investments is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. Any job offer is conditional upon satisfactorily completing a background investigation and pre-employment drug testing.