BostInno seeks a reporter
The Boston Business Journal is looking for reporter to write, report and edit a daily newsletter covering innovation and early-stage technologies. This writer will be main point of contact for BostInno, covering the startup and early-stage financing ecosystem in the region. The writer will be leading BostInno’s daily newsletter and contributing editorial to BostInno.com.
The ideal candidate brings exceptional journalism skills — source building, sharp news judgment, interviewing prowess, strong analytical and investigative reporting, clear writing, document use – and strong digital-content sensibility. Whatever the platform, this reporter will produce content that is accompanied by perspective and context for one of the nation’s hottest startup economies: A vibrant audience of entrepreneurs, business owners, executives and professionals.
Specifically, this reporter will cover Boston’s startup, technology and innovation economy, producing everything from scoops about established companies, startups and entrepreneurs, to sophisticated analysis of the issues that affect the industry, to savvy, important coverage of the executives, ideas and characters who make it go. They will oversee coverage of Rhode Island and assist with freelance-writer management to cover that state’s innovation ecosystem.
The audience for this reporter runs from startup founder to long-tenured CEOs, executives at every level in between, and everyone who wants to know and/or do business with them.
• Proven excellence in reporting and writing
• Desire and ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
• 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.
An Inno writer is competitive, collaborative and curious. They are expected to contribute both short- and long-form stories to our news products online, in email and in print. Specifically, writers 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. In addition, they will take the lead on projects such as Startups to Watch, Inno on Fire and other event-related programs key to Inno’s success.
• 2-3 years of reporting experience.
• Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience.
• Proven experience building and maintaining a strong source base.
• Knowledge of business principles essential.
• Boston and/or Rhode Island community experience a plus.
B.A. journalism or equivalent work experience
To apply, email a resume, snappy cover letter and links to clips to Doug Banks, executive editor, Boston Business Journal, at firstname.lastname@example.org.