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Louisville Biz First seeks econ development and residential real estate reporter

August 16, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

Louisville Business First seeks a staff writer to cover economic development and residential real estate in the heart of bourbon country.

The beat focuses on growth and the challenges to economic development in the metro area of 1.3 million residents, including new projects and economic incentives; workforce challenges; diversity issues; downtown growth; transit; tourism; infrastructure; and government.

The beat also will focus on the vibrant residential real estate market in Louisville/Jefferson County and several suburban counties, including Southern Indiana.

Relationships with elected officials, government staffers, economic development leaders, real estate pros and economists are critical.

Our economic development reporters are expected to provide forward-looking business intelligence to savvy readers who will use it to grow their businesses and/or advance their careers. Our content gives them a leg up on their competitors, connects them with decision-makers and delineates growth strategies that work from those that don’t.

This usually entails finding news at city halls, county courthouses or other public entities and then speaking to private-sector sources about the business ramifications of what’s in the pipeline.

The ideal candidate will blend traditional journalism skills — source building, sharp news judgment, interviewing prowess and scoop-driven reporting – with online and social media know-how. Our reporters break hard news that sometimes sources don’t want brought to light, but they don’t burn bridges.

• Report and write short-form and long-form stories for the website and weekly print edition.
• Own the beat, dictating day-to-day coverage and thriving on digging out source-driven exclusives.
• Relentlessly develop sources and manage relationships with high-level executives and other community leaders.
• Scoop competitors on every story of any significance, not only telling them what happened, but why and how.

• Desire and ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources
• Strong analytical and investigative-interviewing skills
• 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.

• Track record in the news business of building, maintaining and engaging an audience in print and online.
• 1-3 years reporting in a newsroom
• Track record in the news business of building, maintaining and engaging an audience in print and online.
• Social media mavens held in high regard.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and no more than five clips that best show enterprising and scoops reporting to Louisville Business First Editor-in-Chief Shea Van Hoy at

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