Reporter for Silicon Valley Business Journal

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Silicon Valley Business Journal
Reporter, Economic Development and Government
San Jose, California
Full-time

The Silicon Valley Business Journal is seeking a reporter 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 fast-growing audience of business owners, executives and professionals in the red-hot Silicon Valley economy.

Specifically, this reporter will cover the intersection of government and business, 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.

A Business Journal reporter is expected to contribute both short-form (daily online posts) and long-form (print) stories to our news products. Scoops matter. A lot. Specifically, reporters will be expected to own their beat audience and conversation; use networking events, Twitter, LinkedIn and other community-building outlets to expand and fortify their source pool 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.

Essential skills include a proven ability in reporting and writing; ability to work independently; ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources; strong analytical and investigative-interviewing skills; ability to relate comfortably to a wide range of people and to develop sources and audience. Competitive, collaborative, curious. 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.

1-3 years of journalism experience; Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience; Knowledge of business and/or business community a plus. Experience with using social media to source and promote content also an advantage.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
How and where can people apply?    To apply, email a cover letter, resume and clips that best show enterprising and scoop reporting to Beth Hunt, Director of Editorial Recruiting and Development at American City Business Journals: bzhunt@bizjournals.com

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