WSJ seeks an autos reporter

February 9, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is seeking a seasoned reporter to join our autos team in Detroit.

This is a fast-paced, news-heavy beat with ample opportunity to write about a wide-range of topics, from surging car prices to new automated-driving technologies and changes on the factory floor.

The auto industry is going through immense technological change, as automakers pivot to electric vehicles and the battery technology that will power them. Younger auto companies are challenging the dominance of more-established ones, and new global supply chains are taking shape as EVs become a bigger priority for the sector.

The upheaval at nearly every point in the car business provides opportunities for scoops and deep storytelling. We are looking for a reporter who can cut through the hype, hold companies accountable and find unique storylines that set our coverage apart.

You should be curious, determined and eager to dominate a highly competitive beat. You should be skilled at sourcing and have a track-record of getting inside companies and delivering exclusive and revelatory work. You will be expected to write stories under tight deadlines, as well as conceptualize and deliver enterprise stories and unearth trends that resonate with car buyers, makers, sellers and the average reader.

You should have at least 3-5 years of experience covering a corporate or financial beat and a proven track record of success. Experience with the subject matter, while preferred, isn’t necessary.

You should also be open to different storytelling formats and eager to explore video, podcasts and other visual media as part of your beat coverage.

While you may start remotely, this position will be based in the Detroit office. You will report to the Detroit Bureau Chief.

To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter explaining how you’d approach the role and 5-10 work samples.

To apply, go here.

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