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How sourcing helps build a business journalism career

October 7, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

Michelle Cheng of Quartz writes about developing a career in business journalism, based on comments made at the financial news site’s sixth webinar about the field.

Cheng writes, “Work on sourcing and extracting exclusive information. Know your topic inside and out, and marry that expertise on subject matter to get the right info you need. People can move from one beat to another if they’re able to source, said Wisnefski.

“Rose agreed: When the time is right, and if you’re ready to transfer to a new opportunity, people will be looking at your ability to source and write. You can easily apply these types of transferable skills to the role you’re aspiring to.

“Hiring managers are looking for an array of experiences, educational backgrounds, and ethnic backgrounds—each of which can bring a refreshing perspective to a role, and which you can highlight in an interview. ‘There’s room for people to tailor their story in a way that is legitimate and can be compelling to the hiring manager,’ said Wisnefski.

“The cover letter is also a great place to tell the story that your resume doesn’t, Carew Grovum advised.

“Rose added that she tried to keep questions open-ended when she is hiring, as she’s more interested in knowing how a candidate thinks.”

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