WSJ seeks an autos reporter

January 17, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is seeking a seasoned reporter to join our global autos team. This is a fast-paced, news-heavy beat with ample opportunity to have impact covering a wide range of topics through the lens of the world’s biggest car companies and some determined to upend them.

The auto industry is going through immense technological change at this moment, as automakers pivot to electric vehicles and the battery technology that will power them. This shift is creating upheaval at nearly every point in the car business, generating opportunities for scoops and deep storytelling. Younger auto companies are challenging the dominance of more-established ones. Some of all sizes are overpromising or otherwise stumbling.

We are looking for a reporter who can cut through the hype around the future of cars and hold companies to account. You should be curious, determined and eager to dominate a highly competitive beat. You should be skilled at sourcing and have a track-record of getting inside companies and delivering exclusive and revelatory work.

You will be expected to write stories under tight deadlines, as well as conceptualize and deliver enterprise stories and unearth trends that resonate with car buyers, makers, sellers and the average reader.

You should have at least 3-5 years of experience covering a corporate or financial beat and a proven track record of success. Experience with the subject matter, while preferred, isn’t necessary. You should also be open to different storytelling formats and eager to explore video, podcasts and other visual media as part of your beat coverage.

You will report to autos editor Christina Rogers and should be comfortable collaborating with other journalists both in the bureau and around the world. While you may start remotely, this position will preferably be based in the Detroit office. We’re willing to consider other U.S. cities where there is a WSJ office, if the location is advantageous to the auto beat coverage.

To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter explaining how you would approach the job and some of the clips of which you’re most proud, with short annotations as to why.

To apply, go here.

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