Minneapolis/St. Paul Biz Journal seeks a retail reporter
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is looking for a reporter to cover retail, restaurants and transportation.
We need an experienced reporter who can marry with strong traditional journalism skills – source building, sharp news judgment, interviewing prowess, strong analytical and investigative reporting, clear writing, document use – and deep digital and social media know-how. Whatever the platform, this reporter will produce content that is accompanied by perspective and context for an elite audience of business owners, executives and professionals in one of the nation’s most vibrant business communities.
Covering retail in the Twin Cities means digging up and breaking news on some of the biggest retail chains in the country — Target and Best Buy, among them. Add to that a thriving restaurant and local retail industry, and an airport and light-rail system that regularly coughs up opportunities for breaking news and insightful analysis, and this is a plum beat for a reporter who likes to dig.
• Proven excellence in reporting and writing
• 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.
A Business Journal reporter is competitive, collaborative and curious. He or she is expected to contribute both short- and long-form stories to our news products online, in email and in print. Specifically, reporters are expected to own every important story on their beat(s); use networking events, social media platforms and other community-building outlets to expand and fortify their source base and audience; work collaboratively with other newsroom staffers to maximize impact and accessibility of stories reported; and meet or exceed goals related to audience engagement. Also, scoops matter. A lot.
• Minimum of 5 years of reporting experience.
• Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience.
• Proven experience building and maintaining a strong source base.
• Knowledge of business principles essential.
• Twin Cities’ community experience a plus.
B.A. journalism or equivalent work experience
To apply, email a resume, cover letter and links to clips that best show enterprise and scoops reporting to Beth Hunt, director of editorial recruiting and development at American City Business Journals: firstname.lastname@example.org