Minneapolis/St. Paul Biz Journal seeks banking and finance reporter

July 28, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is looking for a competitive, resourceful reporter to cover Minnesota’s robust banking and finance ecosystem, which includes the national headquarters for U.S. Bancorp, a large regional hub for Wells Fargo and several substantial local and regional players. This reporter will also cover the Twin Cities’ largest professional-services firms, particularly law, accounting, executive search and consulting firms, and sports business, with particular focus on the business of golf and private clubs.

This combination of coverage areas is the essence of top-level reporting. It requires building — and working — strong source networks to uncover stories before anyone else and tell our readers why these stories are important.

We need someone who is driven to do the hard work of digging up scoops, and is intrigued by the challenge of putting together the pieces of news to present a larger picture of the forces shaping our community. A good Business Journal reporter is editor of their own beat coverage and is easily able to assess what merits a story, an in-depth investigation or just a brief.

Candidates must be able to blend traditional journalism skills — source building, sharp news judgment, interviewing prowess and scoops-driven reporting – with digital and social media know-how. Reporters don’t just turn in copy; they must think more broadly about multimedia options, such as videos and slideshows.

Business Journal reporters are expected to provide forward-looking business intelligence to savvy readers not just to inform them, but connect them with decision-makers and educate them on the strategies that work — or don’t. A focus on the people behind the deals is essential.

Business Journal reporters are expected to contribute short-form and long-form stories for the websites, emails and weekly paper. Here, reporters must own their beat and dictate day-to-day coverage. To bring in source-driven scoops, reporters are expected to be vigilant networkers and relationship managers. Our best stories come from people, not press releases. Scoops matter — a lot — and on top of that, readers demand to not only know what is happening, but why and how. You break hard news that sometimes sources don’t want brought to light, but you never burn bridges.

• 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 virtually
• 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.

3-5 years of journalism experience
• Track record of building, maintaining and engaging a high-level audience in person, in print and online
• Social media mavens held in high regard
• Knowledge of the coverage areas mentioned above is a plus

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

To apply: https://bit.ly/3oC4UFm

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