Oklahoman seeks a business reporter

October 28, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

The Oklahoman, an award-winning news organization and part of the USA Today Network, is seeking an experienced, high-octane business reporter to cover the state’s Fortune 500 companies and other major players shaping the Oklahoma economy, especially around Oklahoma City. The beat will have a strong emphasis on the state’s energy industry and the main players and personalities involved in it, including Devon, Chesapeake and others. But it will also cover other up and comers like Paycom and the region’s bustling health care and banking industries.

The right candidate can find the deeper stories behind the latest quarterly earnings reports, can spot trends and report on them quickly, and isn’t afraid to hold major corporations accountable with a focus on our audience and what it needs to know.

Oklahoma is an up-and-coming city with an NBA team, a thriving food and culture scene and a strong devotion to the fossil fuels industry. We want a reporter who can examine how those companies are diversifying amid a push for green energy as well as their efforts to shape regulatory bodies here and in D.C. The beat will also look at other major companies having an impact on the city and state.

This beat will publish a mix of breaking news, quick-turn trending stories and enterprise stories. We are looking for someone who can write with voice, is a social media pro and is serious about becoming Oklahoma’s go-to source for impactful business reporting that drives audience.


  • Develop exclusive content audiences can’t find anywhere else to drive digital subscriptions.
  • Closely monitor business and economic trends in Oklahoma City and surrounding communities.
  • Build connections and sources within the business community.
  • Relate business trends and issues at the national level to the Oklahoma City area.
  • Break news on business developments, including layoffs and new jobs
  • Lead conversations on social media, including Instagram.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • The ability to write about business in an engaging way for all audiences, not just business executives.
  • Proficiency shooting photos and videos on mobile devices.
  • Strong understanding of journalism ethics.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed, including nights and weekends.
  • Creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.
  • This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer, pre-employment background check, drug screen and motor vehicle record check.

Application Instructions

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

  • Your resume – one to two pages.
  • A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  • Links to 5-8 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

To apply, go here.

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