Washington Post seeks a retail reporter

February 10, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Washington Post is looking for an aggressive, creative and enterprising reporter to cover the nation’s retail sector, a beat with enormous economic and cultural significance.

Consumer spending patterns changed dramatically during the pandemic as Americans did far more shopping online and drove up demand for products and services centered on home – such as toys, electronics and athleisure. Meanwhile, retail workers drained from the pandemic quit their jobs in droves, disrupting the balance of power in the labor market. Companies scrambled amid staff shortages, supply chain bottlenecks and soaring inflation. As the nation emerges from the coronavirus crisis, consumer spending will shed light on the road ahead for the broader economy and the shape of society.

We’re looking for a reporter with the vision to seize this opportunity, cultivate a wide array of sources, spot trends and break news. The ideal candidate will have a strong sense for stories that resonate, either through revelatory reporting or fun observations. We want an aggressive beat reporter who is also an engaging storyteller, someone who can pivot nimbly from quick-turn dailies to deeply reported enterprise. A collaborative nature is a must: This reporter will work with colleagues from data, graphics, photo and other teams across the newsroom to tell stories of shifting industry and consumer behavior in innovative ways.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom. Once we resume normal operations, it will not be eligible for remote work.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

Candidates should upload a résumé and cover letter to our jobs portal by Feb. 18. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. Your cover letter should be addressed to Business Editor Lori Montgomery, Deputy Business Editor Zachary Goldfarb and Breaking News Business Editor Robbie Olivas DiMesio, as well as Managing Editors Tracy Grant and Krissah Thompson.

To apply, go here.

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