The Houston Business Journal, a thriving and growing news organization, is looking for a full-time reporter. We want a reporter who can break news before it happens and tell readers what it means on all of our platforms — web, social media, video and print. Our reporters must own and expand their audiences by every measure. We’re looking for strong traditional journalism skills – source building, sharp interviewing techniques, strong analytical and investigative reporting skills, clear writing, document use – with online and social media know-how. Whatever the platform, we strive to produce content – original and curated – that is accompanied by perspective and context.
Own the beat audience. • Own the beat conversation. • Build source network relentlessly. • Attend both Business Journal and industry-related events. When relevant to their beats, reporters must work in partnership with the publisher, editor in chief and event director to select speakers and topics that will grow event attendance and audience. Reporters will be expected to facilitate/moderate at Business Journal events and must be comfortable in taking a leading role in the community. • Work collaboratively with editors, photographers, designers and others to maximize the impact and accessibility of stories reported. • Contribute four to six online posts – curated and original – per day. • Contribute print stories, including cover stories, on a regular basis. • Develop and curate a reporter page/section spread in the print paper each week; this spread is comprised of information, highlights and data gathered and reported on throughout the week, then packaged and freshened for the print product. • Meet or exceed goals relating to audience-engagement such as page views, unique users, repeat visits, direct traffic, social media followings and growth, paid print subscribership, email newsletter circulation growth, event attendance, and other such measures. • Take on any other assignment made by manager(s). • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all colleagues and professionally with sources.
• Minimum of 2 years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing; experience covering banking and knowledge of local business community preferred • Ability to work independently and remotely • Ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources • Strong writing, analytical and investigative interviewing skills • Ability to relate comfortably to a wide range of people, in person and online and to develop sources and an audience • Competitive, collaborative, curious • Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience • Ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately • Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure • Experience with using social media to source and promote content a plus • Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors.
Minimum of 2 years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing; experience building a beat preferred.
Bachelors degree or equivalent experience.
Giselle Greenwood, managing editor