BuzzFeed seeks a personal finance reporter
BuzzFeed News is seeking an ambitious and intrepid reporter to cover personal finance, reporting to the business editor.
The successful candidate will dive into the beat with two goals: to break news — of course — and to write service stories that will help our readers as navigate their financial lives.
You should be sourced up, or able to get sourced quickly, with an ability to seek out the top executives and biggest thinkers in the world of personal finance. It’s a big and flexible beat that includes some bread-and-butter topics — like banking, credit cards and other traditional financial services — as well as the more subtle issue of what we expect from the companies we do business with. There will also be an emphasis on a new and novel generation of financial tools, and the right person will be able to help readers make sense of a new generation of financial tools – from loans to apps to ICOs – that didn’t exist just a few years ago.
Our readership cares deeply about personal finance and craves advice, guidance and information about how they should spend (or save) their money. The current boom economy has been fueled by consumer debt — mortgages, credit card balances, student loans — and the reporter we’re looking for will be able to describe these macro-level trends to our readers while explaining in detail what people should do in response.
The successful candidate will be a news hound who is curious, aggressive, and eager to beat the competition for scoops. They will have a track record of exclusive reporting, and ideas on how to tell the big stories that shape consumers’ financial lives. They will be eager to be a team player, pitching in reporting and working closely with other members of the business team, the technology team, and the wider BuzzFeed News family. The successful candidate will also have a deep understanding of the internet’s role in finding and reporting issues, and know how to break through its noise.
We offer a competitive salary, generous benefits, and a stock option program.
To apply, please include links to at least three stories (ideally scoops or exclusives), as well as thoughts on areas of coverage you think a BuzzFeed News consumer finance reporter is uniquely positioned to take on. What are some stories you would want to tackle? Companies you would want to follow?
- Break news
- Deliver scoops
- Write and produce stories that people will want to share
- Write unique features that advance the conversation
- Work with other members of the business team and broader BuzzFeed News team
- Proven ability to break news and develop sources
- Great news judgment.
- Strong writing skills with ability to turn around story copy quickly
- At least three years’ reporting experience
- A genuine love for and excitement about the internet
- Solid list of contacts and sources
- Established social media presence
To apply, go here.