Seeking technology and economic/social justice columnists

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The Bay Guardian is looking for a pair of new freelance writers to do separate monthly columns covering the technology industry and economic/social justice issues. The two new columns would go into a rotation we’re tentatively calling Soul of the City, along with Jason Henderson’s Street Fight column and a new environmental column by News Editor Rebecca Bowe that we’ll debut in our Earth Day issue.

For the technology column, we want someone with a deep understanding of this industry, its economic and personality drivers, and the role it could and should play in the civic life of San Francisco and nearby communities. We aren’t looking for gadget reviews or TechCrunch-style evangelizing or fetishizing of the tech sector, but someone with an illuminating, populist perspective that appeals to a broad base of Guardian readers. 

The other column, on economic and social justice issues, would cover everything from housing rights to labor to police accountability issues, with an eye toward how San Francisco can maintain its diversity and cultural vibrancy. We want someone steeped in Bay Area political activism and advocacy, but with an independent streak and fearless desire to speak truth to power.

We envision the columns running on a monthly rotation at around 1,100-1,400 words each, with the potential to sometimes run longer and to even be featured on our cover when circumstances warrant. Columns can focus on a single issue or multiple items. Pay is 10-15-cents per word depending on the depth of reporting required. We strongly encourage candidates of color, young people, and those representing communities that need a stronger voice in the local political discourse to apply.

If you’re interested, please sent your qualifications and concepts, along with one sample column and ideas for future columns, to Editor-in-Chief Steven T. Jones at steve@sfbg.com. Help us escalate this fight for the soul of the city by adding your voice to the Guardian’s mix.    

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against white candidates when you say that you "strongly encourage candidates of color"?

Will race be a factor in your hiring decision?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 11:39 am
Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:17 pm

After all, the new columnists need to be racially diverse, to offset the people of pallor already on the SFBG staff...

Posted by racer さ on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:51 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

The successful applicant will be a fanatic left-wing supporter of unions in a theoretical sense, but completely unwilling to extend that support of unions to the SFBG's own workplace.

Posted by racer さ on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

on the multi-million RE profit that BBB made on his deal.

And come across as very green and environmental while attacking anyone who wants to pull down the Hetch-Hetchy dam.

Finally, all applicants must hate PG&E to the core, even though the voters have always rejected replacing PG&E with public power.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

We give you a lifetime supply of the world renowned ""Chill Pill" !!!
Will that help?

Posted by PeT LioN on Mar. 25, 2014 @ 12:04 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 25, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

I think I was clear in my post, and that all these troll comments are petty and ridiculous and borderline racist, but let me respond to a few factual allegations. The Guardian staff, even as small as it is these days, is not all white: it includes African Americans, Latinos, and an Arab publisher. And our weekly editorial meetings include four women and three men. Now, as for these two columnists I'm hiring, assuming that I find just the right people, the primary thing that I'm looking for is a great writer with a compelling perspective, knowledge of the subject matter, and a good concept for the column. But I also want to get a greater diversity of voices into the Guardian, and all things being equal, yes, I will most definitely choose a writer of color or from an underrepresented community over a white dude like myself who was born middle class, and I make no apologies for that.  

Posted by steven on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

whites even though the Supreme Court has ruled that Affirmative Action in hiring is not legal?

The SFBG writers I've seen are all white. Being gay or female is as "diverse" as that gets and of course everyone knows that gays and women are the primary beneficiary of civil rights, and they are both usually white as with SFBG.

Why is it "trolling" to criticize you or disagree with you? Is that the famed San Francisco tolerance and respect for diversity and free speech?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

"Is that the famed San Francisco tolerance and respect for diversity and free speech?"

You got to say what you wanted to say didn't you? Did anyone delete what you wrote? You always get to say what you want to say don't you? Even though none of it is worth reading. You fill the server for this site up daily with what you want to say, as if anyone gives a fuck what you say.

What an useless, pathetic, nagging child you are and that's exactly how you and your playmates act, or is it you alone writing all this shit?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 11:35 pm

who introduced the idea that the hiring process will discriminate based on race.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

Why is the Guardian staff devoid of trans brothers and sisters? There's too much cis-normativism at the SFBG. Please focus on hiring a transman or transwoman for this position. There are plenty of qualified transpeople in SF - please do outreach amongst this marginalized and stigmatized community first.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

Steven better check his privilege. This microaggression will not stand!

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

Where are the people with web feet?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

WoW, all you did was write one (1) sentence to motivate minorities to apply for job and you got almost 'hacked' in job posting ad!!! As I was getting ready to send e~mail in reply to ad considering 'social (in)justice' column writer job, I could not help but become a bit upset at all these cyber^fools trying to bring you down when I scrolled through the comments section. Don't let all these insensitive, borderline 'wacko' "SF~Weekly^sponsored" trolls ruin your day (or week)...

One would think it is the ACLU getting at you for not giving a "red^carpet" treatment to 'whitewashed' Americans. The problem is not the color of the skin, but the way its perception filters through their minds. I have met great white people with deep^core values, yet they would never express themselves in such impolite and rude ways. "By their fruits ye shall know them." Stay strong through all the challenges in the alternative press industry.

Let's tackle these trolls together, Steve... AND have fun while we're at it!!!

^_^

Have a great day and wonderful week.

Authentic'ally'
"DJ SmoKeSCReeN"

Posted by PeT LioN on Mar. 25, 2014 @ 12:41 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 25, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

Is there a more meaningless statement than "speaking truth to power" ?

Posted by Becky Backside on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 11:59 am

"social justice", "colored people of color" and "diversity".

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

Ideal candidates should also display a willingness to shave Bruce Brugman's back, bikini area, and knuckles no more than once per week.

Posted by Chromefields on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

allied to a cloying over-sensitivity to almost everything.

Not personal hygiene or occasional manual relief.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

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Posted by Ship My Car on May. 02, 2014 @ 12:12 am

You have to reach into the depths of the religious right to plumb progressive depths in the destruction of language.

Posted by guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

Great. Regularly scheduled sanctimonious pontificating about how techies don't belong and need to behave better to fit in and need to pay more to subsidize the lifestyle of the addicts and street people and dependents, all of whom are of course strictly above criticism and judgements about their own lifestyle choices.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

that Steve Jones butt trumpets out.

If you made OK choices in life you need to have your taxes raised so that there are no consequences for people who make make stupid choices.

The social contract is, become a junkie, the world owes you, drop out of school and breed, the world owes you, have a job, you need to pay more in taxes because of your race and class.

Posted by guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

The successful applicant will be able to robotically regurgitate SFBG's conventional wisdom, without ever challenging or questioning established SFBG dogma.

Hatred of Airbnb, Lyft, Google, and Twitter a plus.

Special consideration will be given to people owning property in San Francisco willing to regularly denounce evil real estate speculators.

Posted by racer さ on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:59 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

Only current SFBG employees are allowed to be straight, white males - all new employees must add to the SFBG's diversity.

Posted by racer さ on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

You see this a lot at college and university campuses - the middle-aged, straight, white, tenured professor who becomes the campuses' most fanatic supporter of "diversity" in faculty hiring.

He's all in favor of discriminating against people who are like him, once ***his*** position is assured.

Posted by racer さ on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

Freelance? So your strategy is to avoid paying benefits?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

designed to avoid any commitment of employment including healthcare, paid vacations, social security contributions, tax withholding obligations, pensions plans or any other aspect of a civilized employer.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

This is a monthly column, not anything close to a full-time staff position, so your criticism here is as ridiculous as the earlier points criticizing our desire for more diversity/not being more diverse already. Are there any other writing jobs out there that offer full benefits for a couple hours of writing per month? If so, please let me know, I have many writer friends who would be interested. I know that you trolls are all anxious to criticize us, for reasons only you can know, but you're really reaching on this one. 

Posted by steven on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

Why shouldn't the Guardian offer a total benefit package to all its employees? You can afford it - just raise advertising rates.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

"I know that you trolls are all anxious to criticize us, for reasons only you can know..."

Most doubtful that they know why they are here day and night. They don't have any semblance of a life and they have nothing else to do apparently but taunt, nag, crave attention and bully people here, especially you. Were these trolls---or one troll pretending to be many trolls slapping each other on the back---bullied at school?

Mentally ill people don't necessarily know what they're doing or the reason that they're doing it, (or want to admit) that they're mentally ill.

For example:

The Worst Internet Trolls [Ed. like on the SFBG] Might Be Mentally Ill
http://kotaku.com/5938996/the-worst-internet-trolls-might-be-mentally-ill

"A new article at News.com.au talks with a few trolls, as well as a couple of psychologists, the latter of whom float the idea that trolling, particularly extreme trolling, is as much about mental illness as it is about social maladjustment."

A troll who goes by "Ben" in the article has gotten into some troubling stuff:

"It just makes me happy when I can make someone angry. It sounds weird but I kind of feed off their anger. The angrier I can get them, the better I feel," he told news.com.au.

He usually only trolls a post or website once before moving, not out of any sense of decency, but because he is scared of being arrested.

He said the worst thing he ever did was vandalise the Facebook memorial page of a young girl who had committed suicide. "I wrote, 'How's it hanging guys'."

He doesn't feel any remorse, and strangely doesn't consider his actions bullying despite claiming he probably wouldn't have started trolling if he had not been bullied at school."

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 12:58 am

Only a troll could be so obsessed with other trolls.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 6:21 am

Wrong. Many people who are NOT trolls are absolutely sick of trolls. I despise them. Can't stand them. They do nothing but degrade websites.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

If A calls B a troll it is because A disagrees with B.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

Ludicrous.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

That accusation is usually made against people we disagree with.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 22, 2014 @ 4:40 am

In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 25, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

That gets you called a troll here too.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 25, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

You mean like Lilli and his "troll bumper" idiocy?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 11:25 pm

The fact that he posts to right-wing sites proves that. He does it only to piss off the people there - classic troll behavior.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 22, 2014 @ 4:41 am

Absolutely debatable. Trolling should be outlawed and punishable by law with a fine of 'zero' pc or laptop for five years... or one full season HELPING victims of their trolled networks.

Posted by PeT LioN on Mar. 25, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

Talk about how that would work.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 25, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

Dear Mr. Jones,
I just wanted to say hello and I will follow up with an email but I am very interested and qualified for the tech job.

Here is an example of something that I would highlight to show the extremely positive role that the tech sector is having on the lives of all Bay Area people:

https://impactchallenge.withgoogle.com/bayarea2014/

It is Google offering to fund and provide office resources to non profits that submit innovative ideas for helping people in the Bay Area. That is just one example of why I am so excited about the growth of the tech sector here in the Bay Area, in addition to the jobs that they provide for our brightest young people and the addition to our tax base. All persons at all income levels are benefiting!

I think that the tech sector rocks!

Looking forward to writing as much in the SFBG.

Yours Truly,
Paulina.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

Clearly a bull shit letter.

I think you've had way too much caffeine or something to be all that hyped and jacked up. jesus. The "tech sector" as you call it is ruining this city in case you haven't noticed, but then you're probably part of it so that's why you're so jacked up and "so excited." oh jesus fucking christ, give it a rest!

"I think that the tech sector rocks!"

Yeah, it's rocking this city apart to the point that no one recognizes it, Ms Clueless One.

"Looking forward to writing as much in the SFBG."

Hopefully they won't hire your ass. I wouldn't. I wouldn't read your column. I've already read enough from you, Ms Hype, already. Just your "cover letter" was enough for me.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 1:10 am

Here is an example of something that I would highlight to show the extremely positive role that the tech sector is having on the lives of all Bay Area people:

ALL Bay Area people?

I suspect the people in the city who have been evicted---and they are/were part of "ALL Bay Area people---would strongly disagree with your statement.

You don't seem to be quite aware of what's going on in this city as a result of the techies' invasion of this city and the corporate welfare they are receiving from the city...where the city is losing billions because of it. Educate yourself.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 1:18 am

It could start by jettisoning the dead wood at the stop - people like Steven Jones who are entrenched in their way of thinking, believe they're always correct and want SF to stay the same as they remember it being 30-40 years ago. Relevance doesn't start by hiring more minions to parrot the progressive party line.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

Clearly the SFBG is sufficiently "relevant" now otherwise you would not spend day and night here.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2014 @ 1:11 am

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