Denver Biz Journal seeks a commercial real estate reporter

August 12, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Denver Business Journal is looking for a reporter to cover commercial real estate.

The real estate beat requires building — and working — strong source networks to dig out deals before the competition and reporting both the dollar value and the broad impact of new projects, new employers and new players. We need someone who is driven to do the hard work of digging up news and intrigued by the challenge of both reporting daily updates and piecing together the larger picture of the forces shaping our community. From expansions, relocations and other deals, to coverage of important real estate events, trends and executives, a good Business Journal reporter owns their coverage, is meticulous with fact-checking and details, and is able to assess what merits a brief story or an in-depth investigation.

The ideal candidate will blend traditional journalism skills — source building, sharp news judgment, interviewing prowess and scoop-driven reporting – with an understanding of best digital practices. We expect reporters in our newsroom to consider the presentation of their copy as part of the full assignment, including headlines, photos and other multimedia elements.

  • Report and write short-form and long-form stories for the website and weekly print edition.
  • Own the beat by being able to explain what makes a story newsworthy and why it matters to the audience, dictating day-to-day coverage and thriving on digging out source-driven exclusives.
  • Develop sources and manage relationships with high-level executives and other community leaders. Ask hard questions without burning bridges.
  • Remain in close communication with editors regarding deadlines, ideas and expectations. Learn and integrate editorial feedback.
  • Tend to secondary beats as needed.
  • Attend industry and DBJ events as appropriate.
  • Desire and ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources.
  • Interest in developing an audience of business leaders, including writing content that provides a layer of business insight and encourages subscriptions.
  • Willingness to learn and practice new digital tools, including SEO and CMS best practices.
  • Desire and ability to pick up the phone to call a wide range of sources — to fact-check, clarify, investigate or follow up.
  • Comfort in navigating public records to connect dots and ability to identify and dig out interesting details in sometimes dry, technical material.
  • Strong analytical and investigative interviewing skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Minimum of 3-4 years of journalism experience.
  • Proven experience building and maintaining sources.
  • Demonstrable experience of a solid foundation in news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure, as well as an understanding of audience development.
  • Denver community experience is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

To apply, go here.

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