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Job Description
Columbus Business First is looking for a full-time staff
reporter to cover higher education, the business of sports, the
arts, and the hospitality and tourism industry. These are
high-profile beats in a dynamic, growing city that has become a
magnet of the Midwest, attracting new residents from across Ohio
and the region drawn by its growing economy, affordable cost of
living, network of universities, and other amenities. Columbus is
home to Ohio State University, one of the largest colleges in the
U.S. with a storied athletic program, as well as the Columbus Blue
Jackets and Columbus Crew SC. The city has a vibrant arts scene
with multiple performing arts organizations, historic theaters, and
a regular festival circuit.
Our reporters are competitive, collaborative and curious, driven
to produce scoops as well as trend pieces, analysis and profiles.
They write for both the daily report and the weekly print edition,
juggling multiple deadlines and schedules. They are embedded in the
community, meeting with sources regularly and attending industry
and Business First events.
• Excellence in reporting and writing.
• Strong analytical and interviewing skills.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
• A drive to develop sources and build an audience.
• Multimedia skills, including video and photos.
• Experience developing a beat.
• Proven record of reporting, researching and writing various types
of stories.
• Knowledge of business principles.
B.A. journalism or equivalent work experience.