Triad Biz Journal seeks an economic development reporter

Triad Business Journal is seeking a reporter to cover economic development, aviation, manufacturing and logistics. Central North Carolina is poised to surge, as Toyota, Boom Supersonic and VinFast have recently announced major manufacturing plants focused on innovations and sustainability in the automotive and aerospace sectors. This beat focuses on several key cities in the Triad region, which is also well known as a logistics hub and has attracted recent expansions by UPS, Amazon and FedEx.

This reporter will also focus on workforce development and training efforts across the region.

Our reporters must be competitive, nimble and driven to break news about the most important industries, companies and people in the region. They are expected to provide forward-looking business intelligence to savvy readers who will use it to grow their businesses and/or advance their careers. Our content gives them a leg up on their competitors, connects them with decision-makers and delineates growth strategies that work from those that don’t. This usually entails working source networks and digging up news before it’s announced or readily available.

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 turn in copy. They include videos, slideshows and other multimedia components that advance the story and further engage our audience.

Job responsibilities

  • Report and write short and long-form stories across all platforms
  • 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
  • Work in concert with our CRE and Innovation reporters to coordinate coverage and work on joint projects
  • Scoop competitors on every story of any significance, not only telling them what happened, but why and how

Skills and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • 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

To apply, go here.