The Portland Business Journal is seeking a reporter to cover the city’s dynamic footwear and apparel sector, a significant contributor to the regional economy.
Oregon is home to Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Adidas North America, Keen, a large Under Armor outpost and dozens of smaller makers, manufacturers, suppliers, investors and educators that make up the footwear and apparel ecosystem. In addition to covering footwear and apparel manufacturing, this reporter will also write about manufacturing across an array of industries including tools and metals, technology, food and cannabis.
The ideal candidate will blend traditional journalism skills — source building, sharp news judgment, interviewing prowess and scoop-driven reporting – with online and social media know-how. Reporters in our newsroom don’t just deliver transactional news. They break hard news that sometimes sources don’t want brought to light, but they don’t burn bridges. Enterprise reporting matters. Tenacity is a must.
Skills • Ability to report and write stories under daily deadline pressure
• Ability to report and write long-form, enterprise stories
• Ability to break news and not only tell readers what happened, but why and what’s next
• Ability to relentlessly develop sources and manage relationships with high-level executives and other community leaders
• Ability to use data to drive reporting and uncover news
• Ability to use public documents to drive reporting and uncover news
• Ability to use social media to inform reporting, find sources and drive conversations
• Strong analytical and investigative skills
• Competitive, collaborative, curious
Duties • Report and write short-form and long-form stories for the website and weekly print edition.
• Own the beat, dictating day-to-day coverage and thriving on digging out source-driven exclusives.
• Relentlessly develop sources and manage relationships with high-level executives and other community leaders.
• Scoop competitors on every story of any significance, not only telling them what happened, but why and how.
Experience • Three years of newsroom experience preferred.
• Track record in the news business of building, maintaining and engaging an audience in print and online
Education • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
To apply email a cover letter, resume and clips that best show enterprising and scoops reporting to Editor Suzanne Stevens, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Managing Editor Andy Giegerich, email@example.com.
The Portland Business Journal is part of American City Business Journals, a profitable, growing news and information company. We offer:
• Exceptional benefits, including health, dental, vision, mental health, wellness, an employee assistance program and several specific wellness programs to help employees achieve their health goals. The company pays 83% of coverage costs.
• Strong work-life balance. There's no question that we work hard every day for our audience of top-level business owners, executives and decision-makers. Then we go home, to our families and our lives outside of the office. We have generous vacation benefits, and we don't look at you funny when you decide to use them. In fact, employees are expected to take time off regularly. It's codified into company policy.
• Wide opportunities for growth. Our company is filled with people who've been with us 10, 20, 30 years, in positions of increasing responsibility. Growth opportunities aren't limited to those who are willing to pick up and move for a new challenge. You can grow right where you are, if that's how you want to do it. We offer weekly training on specific topics; training programs that prepare our journalists to take on bigger challenges and/or move up; a formal newsroom mentoring program; and funding for external training opportunities that bring new perspectives into our newsrooms.
Portland Business Journal is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Company considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable city, state or federal law.