Columbus Biz First seeks energy/higher ed reporter
Columbus Business First is looking for a reporter who can marry strong traditional journalism skills – source building, sharp news judgment, interviewing prowess, strong analytical and investigative reporting, clear writing, document use – with online and social media know-how.
Whatever the platform, this reporter will produce content that is accompanied by perspective and context for a vibrant audience of business owners, executives and professionals in Columbus. Specifically, this reporter will cover higher education, including Ohio State University, plus the energy industry and banking.
A Business First reporter is competitive, collaborative and curious. He or she is expected to contribute both short- and long-form stories to our news products online, in email, on mobile and in print. Specifically, reporters are expected to own every important story on their beat(s); use networking events, social media platforms and other community-building outlets to expand and fortify their source base and audience; work collaboratively with other newsroom staffers to maximize impact and accessibility of stories reported; and meet or exceed goals related to audience engagement. Also, scoops matter. A lot.
Proven ability in reporting and writing Desire and ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Strong analytical and investigative-interviewing skills. Ability to relate comfortably to a wide range of people, in person, on the phone and online. A clear drive to develop sources and build audience. Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure. Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors. Multimedia skills, including video, photos, broadcast, on-camera, helpful.
Minimum of 2-3 years of journalism experience. Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience. Proven experience building and maintaining a strong source base. Knowledge of business principles essential. Columbus community experience a plus.
To apply, send clips, a resume and a cover letter explaining how you’d cover the beat to Beth Hunt, director of editorial recruiting and development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.