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Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Beaches, business and a big market. What a great combination for an ambitious business writer.
The Gulf Coast Business Review seeks a business reporter to cover the Tampa Bay area. As the only regional weekly business publication in the area, we write and report for CEOs, business leaders and policymakers from Tampa to Naples. We cover companies and entrepreneurs who are the major players in their industries and uncover those who are going to be.
The job is simple: Find good business stories that CEOs from Tampa to Naples will find interesting, helpful and entertaining. The work is hard: You will be the sole person covering a market twice as large as the newspapers' others. This position is fast-paced, creative, demanding and a whole helluva lot of fun.
* Three to five years of business writing experience
* Self-motivated and excellent time management skills
* Experience covering an enterprise beat
* Understands how to craft writing for a particular audience
* Team player
* Creative, thinks about alternative story-telling ideas in print and digitally
* Degree in journalism, English or related major
Basic Duties (does not include all required tasks):
* Cover Tampa Bay beat for weekly business newspaper for CEO readers
* Write one feature and two smaller stories a week, plus briefs
* Daily Web items and complementary Web stories and features
* Represent the paper at events and network in the area
The right candidate is someone who can become entrenched in the area quickly. Our beats are set up to be nearly 100% enterprise, which means we need someone who can network, report and write with voice, style and authority. We want you to discover the deeper layer of businesses’ inner workings and craft this information into must-read stories. Your task is to find companies and people who are successful and show how they got there, their next big deal, and how they will do it.
We need someone who can write a daily story as well as a magazine-style feature story, and knows the difference between the two. This person will also be thinking about what content is most useful for the website versus in print, and will want to get good scoops into the digital space first. Our next writer will need to be someone who can help us establish a presence in Tampa and its surrounding counties, someone who does not shy away from landing the big interview. Average daily beat reporters need not apply.
We at the Review are fun, passionate and enthusiastic about our paper. We are a family-run company that believes in laissez-faire policies for business when it comes to the government and rewarding exceptional work when it comes to employees.
We know our stories must be deeper than breaking news for us to remain relevant as a weekly, which we’ve done since 1997. We want someone whose ambitions are as big as ours, who has the motivation to help us create the highest-quality business newspaper and website in the market. We have high expectations. We want someone who shares wanting to be the best and is not afraid of the hard work needed to get there. If you like to come up with your own stories, try out new ideas and manage your own time, this is a great opportunity for you.
Position comes with full benefits. Pay competitive and commensurate with experience.
Interested? Send a resume and clips to: Managing Editor Kat Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. MENTION GORKANA WHEN APPLYING!