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St. Louis Biz Journal seeks a reporter

The St. Louis Business Journal is seeking a creative and ambitious reporter to join a newsroom driven by a desire to own its coverage territory and innovate. The open beats include coverage of startups, entrepreneurs and innovation, as well as sports business, though the position can be modified to match the applicant’s skills and experience.

Send clips and resume to Editor Erik Siemers at esiemers@bizjournals.com.

This position will be Hybrid in the office/market 2 days per week, and those days can be flexible in consultation with your manager.

About the Job

Our reporters must be competitive, nimble and driven to break news about the most important industries, companies and people in the region. They 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 working our source networks and digging up news before it’s announced or readily available.

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. Reporters in our newsroom break hard news that sometimes sources don’t want brought to light, but they don’t burn bridges. We value immediacy and a wire service-like approach to breaking news, as well as the creativity to tell a story in ways nobody else can tell it.

Job Responsibilities

  • Define a clear and compelling vision for the look, feel and voice of our products, including a thriving digital news operation, a printed weekly edition, and daily emails.
  • Report and write short-form and long-form stories for or twice-daily newsletters 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.

Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • 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.
  • Proficient with MS Office Products
  • Proficient with Web-Based Communication Platforms (Teams, Zoom, etc.)
Chris Roush

Chris Roush was the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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