Business Reporter (Real Estate)
The (Raleigh) News & Observer and The (Durham) Herald-Sun in North Carolina are looking for a smart, energetic reporter to cover commercial and residential real estate news.
The reporter will research and write daily stories along with deeper projects that examine the impact of business and real estate growth in the NC Research Triangle, one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country with recently announced expansions by Google, Apple and others about to add thousands of jobs and residents to the region. The reporter will cover people, companies, key issues and trends in the business and real estate communities. Because we’re in the capital of North Carolina, the reporter also will have an eye on the intersection of business, real estate and politics.
Candidates must have a college degree, preferably in business, journalism or communications. A year of experience covering business is preferred; a previous newsroom internship covering business and/or real estate is a plus.
The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region is among the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Known as the Triangle, the area is home to major universities, state government and numerous corporate headquarters and fast-growing startups. Our journalists work in communities with vibrant choices for foodies, arts and music lovers, and outdoors enthusiasts.
The ideal candidate’s key attributes include:
Strict ethics and dedication to high-quality journalism
Ability to organize and prioritize work
Fast, and accurate
Excellent self-editing skills
Comfortable working with data
Keen instincts in identifying and pursuing stories that will resonate with readers
A competitive spirit and drive to get stories first
Solid understanding of audience engagement, metrics and SEO
Experience using social media both as a reporting and an engagement tool
A collaborative personality and a track record of working well with editors as well as working independently
True curiosity about the topics covered in this position
Experience building sources
An aptitude to learn technical skills inside the newsroom such as content management systems and other tools
Key duties include:
Finding, prioritizing and writing the most significant and interesting business and real estate stories of the day, ahead of the competition
Working with data to identify trends
Obtaining public records and, when needed, filing public records requests expertly and efficiently
Shooting photos and videos as needed
Distributing work through social media platforms
Supplying SEO keywords, headlines and other strategies to boost distribution of each story
Contributing regularly to a variety of audience-based newsletters
Meeting audience and reporting goals.
- Must have reliable transportation. Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).
We’re moving quickly to fill this important position. Deadline for applications is July 22, 2022. Resume and cover letter required. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.