Chicago Tribune seeks a retail and food business reporter

January 21, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Chicago Tribune is hiring a general assignment reporter to break news and provide insightful enterprise coverage on business topics in Chicago, with a special focus on retail, grocery and food companies.

While the focus of this position will be on retail, food and grocery, the successful candidate will be part of a small team of reporters responsible for our business coverage and should expect to handle breaking news across industries on any given day. Reporters on this team typically write multiple stories a week while chipping away at larger enterprise stories.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing sources in the above-mentioned industries, mining company financial reports and other sources for news, and reporting in the field. The Tribune covers business from the perspective of consumers and employees, so this position will require not only frequent contact with C-suite executives but small business owners and everyday consumers.

Candidates should be highly self-motivated with a keen sense of urgency and desire to beat the competition. They must be able to write quickly and clearly with a commitment to accuracy that is beyond reproach. The successful candidate will work closely with editors on developing stories and improving copy on tight deadlines. The best stories come through collaboration.

Prior news reporting experience is required, preferably covering business topics. Experience covering labor issues is a plus. Familiarity with traffic metrics and SEO also desired.

Tribune Publishing is committed to hiring people with diverse backgrounds, voices and visions. Be yourself. Bring yourself. Because that’s the only way we will deliver on our mission to provide meaningful journalism to the diverse communities we serve. We hold ourselves accountable for fostering inclusion and opportunity across race, gender, age, creed, identity and experience. Join us.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and samples of your best work to newsroomjobs@chicagotribune.com.  Please put Business Reporter in the subject line.

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