Reporter - Economic Development

Job Description
Houston Business Journal is looking for a top-notch reporter to
cover economic development.

The economic development beat is the essence of top-level
reporting. It requires building - and working - strong source
networks to break big news, dig out trends and connect dots before
anyone else does. The ideal candidate sees important community
issues clearly, and is driven to cover the intersection of business
and government, where government involvement in business issues --
transportation, major civic construction projects, environmental
and other regulations, corporate relocations, etc. -- either helps
the business community grow or causes it pain.

We need someone who can marry strong traditional journalism skills
- source building, sharp news judgment, interviewing prowess,
strong analytical and investigative reporting, clear writing,
document use - with online and social media know-how. Whatever the
platform, this reporter will produce content that is accompanied by
perspective and context for our influential and growing audience of
business owners, executives and professionals in Houston and across
the region.
A Business Journal reporter is competitive, collaborative and
curious. He or she is expected to contribute both short- and
long-form stories to our news products online, in email, on mobile
and in print. Specifically, reporters are expected to own every
important story on their beat; 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,
• Minimum of 5-7 years of journalism experience.
• Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active
• Proven experience building and maintaining a strong source
• Knowledge of business principles essential.
• Houston community experience a plus.
B.A. journalism or equivalent work experience

To apply, email a resume, cover letter and links to clips that best
show enterprise and scoops reporting to Beth Hunt, director of
editorial recruiting and development, American City Business