Why there’s so much hiring in biz journalism these days
Ellen Pollock, the business editor of the New York Times, talked with Roben Farzad of FullDisclosure about the demand for business journalists in today’s media world.
“It’sconstantly busy, and it’s really exciting” to be covering business newsstories, said Pollock.
Farzadasked Pollock if she was surprised by the announcement that The Wall StreetJournal, where she previously worked, was hiring 36 new editorial positions.
“I’ma little less shocked than I would have been a year ago,” said Pollock. “What’sbeen gratifying…is that despite the fact that reporters are being disparagedand there’s all this talk about fake news, readers want access to carefullyreported news and are still willing to pay for it.”
Pollock noted that many business stories have been more complicated and now require the expertise of people who know politics and technology. “A huge amount of work goes into the stories that we do now, and people are starting to realize the value of news,” she said.
Pollocksaid she’s done a fair amount of hiring on the New York Times business newsdesk in the past two years.
“We’vehired a lot of economics reporters,” she said. “We’ve hired a lot of financereporters. We’ve hired a lot of tech reporters. It is a good time to be inbusiness journalism.”
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