Philly Biz Journal seeks tech and innovation reporter

February 24, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Philadelphia Business Journal is looking for a reporter to cover technology, innovation and higher education.

The ideal candidate brings exceptional journalism skills – source building, sharp news judgment, interviewing prowess, strong analytical and investigative reporting, clear writing, document use – and strong digital content sensibility. Whatever the platform, this reporter will produce content that is accompanied by perspective and context for a vibrant audience of entrepreneurs, business owners, executives and professionals in one of the nation’s most vibrant economic regions.

Specifically, this reporter will cover Philadelphia’s thriving technology and innovation economy, producing scoops and exclusives about established tech companies; the innovation coming out of the region’s world-class higher ed institutions and industries; local startups and entrepreneurs. This reporter will offer sophisticated analysis of the issues that affect these important industries, and savvy coverage of the executives, ideas and characters who make them go.

The audience for this reporter runs from startup executives to long-tenured CEOs, executives at every level in between, and everyone who wants to know and/or do business with them.

The Philadelphia Business Journal’s innovation beat has standalone branding as PHL Inno. This reporter would be responsible for populating PHL Inno’s site with the support of a national Inno team as well as local Philadelphia Business Journal editors. Experience curating email newsletters is a plus.

A Business Journal reporter is competitive, collaborative and curious. They are 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 beats; 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.

• 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.

• 2-3 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.
• Experience covering the Philadelphia region a plus.

• Bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent work experience

To apply, go here: https://bit.ly/33FRgtJ

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