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Phoenix Biz Journal seeks tech, innovation and money reporter

October 4, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Phoenix Business Journal is looking for a reporter to cover technology, innovation and follow the money trail that drives those sectors.

The ideal candidate brings exceptional journalism skills – source building, sharp news judgment, interviewing prowess, strong analytical and investigative reporting, clear writing, document use – and strong digital content sensibility. Whatever the platform, this reporter will produce content that is accompanied by perspective and context for a vibrant audience of entrepreneurs, business owners, executives and professionals in one of the nation’s most vibrant economic regions.

Specifically, this reporter will cover Arizona’s thriving technology and innovation economy, producing scoops and exclusives about established high-profile tech companies such as Intel; the innovation coming out of the region’s world-class higher ed institutions and industries; local startups and entrepreneurs. This reporter will offer sophisticated analysis of the issues that affect these important industries, and savvy coverage of the executives, ideas and characters who make them go.

The audience for this reporter runs from startup executives to long-tenured CEOs, executives at every level in between, and everyone who wants to know and/or do business with them.

The Phoenix Business Journal’s innovation beat has standalone branding as AZ Inno. This reporter would work with our digital editor to populate AZ Inno’s site with the support of a national Inno team.

This reporter’s other main beat crosses over into Inno coverage, following the money trail for startup funding, as well as the state’s banking industry, covering lending trends and executive changes as well as mergers.

A Business Journal reporter is competitive, collaborative and curious. They are expected to contribute both short- and long-form stories to our news products online, in email and in print. Specifically, reporters are expected to own every important story on their beats; use networking events, social media platforms and other community-building outlets to expand and fortify their source base and audience; work collaboratively with other newsroom staffers to maximize impact and accessibility of stories reported; and meet or exceed goals related to audience engagement. Also, scoops matter. A lot.

• Proven excellence in reporting and writing
• 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.

• 2-3 years of reporting experience.
• Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience.
• Proven experience building and maintaining a strong source base.
• Knowledge of business principles essential.
• Experience covering the Phoenix region a plus.

• Bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent work experience

To apply, go here.

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