WSJ seeks reporter to cover corporate sustainability

August 22, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is looking for a resourceful, energetic writer to cover corporate sustainability. This beat offers the opportunity to write smart analysis about a subject that is right at the top of global executives’ list of priorities.

The new climate bill has pushed climate, ESG and sustainability related issues to the forefront of business policy and strategy. Investors are scrutinizing companies’ environmental, social and governance performance. Regulators are mandating new non-financial disclosures. Customers want to know that companies are doing good, not just doing well. You will chronicle the new opportunities and pitfalls awaiting businesses as a result.

As a reporter writing for WSJ Pro Sustainable Business, you will write about companies trying new things, like setting up circular business models, and puzzling over what to do with profitable businesses that are suddenly out of favor with environmentally conscious investors.

This position is based in New York and will report to the editor of WSJ Pro Sustainable Business.

You will:

  • Analyze and explain how companies are approaching ambitious climate goals that have suddenly become important, from choosing which carbon offsets to buy to measuring the emissions generated by their supply chains.
  • Explore and dig into the maze of mandatory and voluntary standards for environmental, social and governance-related disclosures, and how companies are negotiating it.
  • Report and write to a professional audience about how companies are managing their sustainability strategies, from hiring decisions to tough choices about how to balance financial and non-financial objectives.
  • Convey insightful information that business leaders can use to make better decisions.
  • Produce a range of stories from breaking news and exclusives to features and original analysis that is compelling to the informed professional reader.
  • Travel to companies and events in key business markets to develop your original reporting.

You have:

  • A roster of industry contacts, and show eagerness to continue cultivating sources among senior-level leaders and executives at private-equity firms, pension funds and other related asset managers across the United States and other global business centers.
  • At least five years of experience writing about climate- and sustainability-related issues.
  • The ability to explain complex and sophisticated technologies in a clear and lucid manner, connecting them to the broader business in a way that is compelling and useful for the professional reader.
  • A proven ability to write clearly and analytically for a professional audience.
  • A collaborative and team-oriented approach to your work.
  • A passion for being part of The Wall Street Journal’s fast-paced, global news organization, and meeting the highest standards of business journalism.

To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter explaining how you would approach the role and samples of your work.

The Journal’s reporters, editors, developers, and audio and visual journalists create important and impactful stories, firmly rooted in fact and adhering to the highest ethical standards. We report without fear or bias, and we maintain a proper sense of perspective, detachment and objectivity in our reporting.

To apply, go here.

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