Phoenix Business Journal Hiring Experienced Reporters

Editor Ilana Lowery is looking for a seasoned reporter or two to join the Phoenix Business Journal staff. Do you have what it takes? If so, contact Lowery at

Position Title: Reporter – (All Topics)
Status: Exempt
Department: Editorial
Supervisor’s Title: Managing Editor

Position Overview
A Business Journal reporter is the beating heart of the organization and the business, with the vital task of pumping news, information and life into our products on all platforms. First and foremost, reporters must establish themselves as the go-to source of news, data and perspective in their assigned area of coverage. The top mission: to own audience, by every measure.

Our reporters must marry strong traditional journalism skills – source building, sharp interviewing techniques, strong analytical and investigative reporting skills, clear writing, document use – with online and social media know-how. They are expected to contribute both short-form (daily online posts) and long-form (print) stories to our news products. Scoops matter. A lot. Scoops serve as the oxygen supporting the rest of our content operations and are vital to “owning” one’s beat. Only by being “out front” of the news can our reporters establish their credibility with their audience, identify the most influential newsmakers, and interpret the news on their beats with authority.

To this end, reporters are expected to break important hard news online and use print and video to tell the story behind the headlines, providing deeper analysis of newsworthy events. Whatever the platform, we strive to produce content – original and curated – that is accompanied by perspective and context. A Business Journal reporter is widely recognized as the community’s foremost authority on their assigned beat. The Business Journal brand provides the kind of access to business and community leaders that other journalists can only hope for, and it is the responsibility of our reporters to use networking events, Twitter, LinkedIn and other community-building outlets to expand and fortify their source pool and audience. Reporters will be responsible for identifying sources and outside writers to target as contributors to the Business Journal on their beats. With online and other metrics, business journals can determine how engaged readers are with our online content, and reporters and editors will be responsible for driving online engagement among loyal (repeat) readers. Constant audience growth is a key metric of success.

Required Education, Experience and Skills

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing
  • Ability to work independently and remotely
  • Ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources
  • Strong writing, analytical and investigative interviewing skills
  • Ability to relate comfortably to a wide range of people, in person and online and to develop sources and an audience
  • Versatile
  • Comfortable with constant change
  • Competitive, collaborative, curious
  • Knowledge of business, and/or business community, a plus
  • Fast learner
  • Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience
  • Ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately
  • Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure
  • Experience with using social media to source and promote content a plus
  • Understanding imperatives of multiple platforms – print, mobile, Internet, etc.
  • Mastery of social media and digital interaction
  • Proven ability to utilize a broad set of tools to tell stories and engage the audience
  • Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Own the beat audience.
  • Own the beat conversation.
  • Build source network relentlessly.
  • Attend both Business Journal and industry related events. When relevant to their beats, reporters must work in partnership with the publisher, editor in chief and event director to select speakers and topics that will grow event attendance and audience. Reporters will be expected to facilitate/moderate at Business Journal events and must be comfortable in taking a leading role in the community.
  • Work collaboratively with editors, photographers, designers and others to maximize the impact and accessibility of stories reported.
  • Contribute four to six online posts – curated and original – per day.
  • Contribute 1 people and one enterprise story to the weekly print paper, including a candidate for the paper’s weekly “centerpiece” story.
  • Develop and curate a reporter page/section spread in the print paper each week; this spread is comprised of information, highlights and data gathered and reported on throughout the week, then packaged and freshened for the print product.
  • Meet or exceed goals relating to audience-engagement such as page views, unique users, repeat visits, direct traffic, social media followings and growth, paid print subscribership, email newsletter circulation growth, event attendance, and other such measures.
  • Take on any other assignment made by manager(s).
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all colleagues and professionally with sources.


12 News, AZ Republic Hiring!

Gannett’s hiring in Phoenix! Here’s the email we received with info on the open positions and who to appy to. Good luck!

From Randy Lovely: The structure of our integrated news organization has taken shape, but we have a number of gaps to fill with new hires. Below are job postings for positions that are available. If you are interested in a particular assignment, please reach out to the supervising manager by Tuesday, June 5.

12 News/Republic Media:

Assistant News Director/Senior Content Manager/12 News, Republic Media:  With Jerome Parra’s promotion, we are recruiting to fill this position. The Assistant News Director/Senior Content Manager works with the 12 News Senior Executive Producer to guide the daily news and sports broadcasts with an emphasis on creative storytelling that delivers both factual clarity and emotional connections with viewers; anchors and reporters who are more than news readers; advocacy for our community in the form of reporting, commentary and developing solutions; and smart usage of social media to advance our reporting. This individual will also direct daily breaking-news coverage for Republic Media and work with peer platform managers to ensure that daily news and breaking-news coverage are exceptional. With your fellow managers, you will be drawing on the talents of more than 350 journalists in five News and Information Centers throughout the Phoenix Metro and Northern Arizona who are specialists in print, mobile, tablet and digital storytelling, and production. To be successful, you must have exceptional core journalism skills; a strong understanding and demonstrated proficiency in TV newscast production; a deep understanding of how to connect content to audiences; the ability to lead teams through the creative process of brainstorming, developing, launching and sustaining quality programs; and the ability to collaborate with a driven peer group of news managers. Republic Media managers are also responsible for administrative duties, including budgeting, strategic planning, project management and performance appraisals. Apply to VP News/News Director Mark Casey.

Staff Photojournalist, Satellite Truck Operator, ENG Control Operator: We are seeking a Staff Photojournalist who can also act as a Satellite Truck and ENG Control Operator. The Staff Photojournalist will work daily general assignment in a two-person reporting crew or solo, operate live microwave and satellite trucks, and work inside the Information Center in a technical operations center (TOC) trafficking shots from the field. Qualified applicants will be great video storytellers who excel in a fast-paced environment using state-of-the-art professional video and still camera gear; have strong technical skills in use of ENG/SAT trucks for daily news coverage and large-event production; and handle multiple tasks under deadline.  Bilingual (Spanish) language skills are a plus. We put a premium on personal integrity, teamwork, problem solving, a strong work ethic, accountability and a passion for competition. Apply to VP News/News Director Mark Casey.

12 News Producer: Producers at 12 News work within an integrated, multiplatform news organization to create innovative approaches to news coverage and presentation. We’re not looking for the tried-and-true. We’re looking for an experienced producer with an ability to break away from the expected and create memorable programming for television and an ever-expanding digital environment. Qualified applicants should view news-show production as a combination of great journalism and great television that emotionally connects to the audience. 12 News puts a premium on winning breaking-news coverage within shows that emphasize powerful video and clarity in storytelling and the strengths of veteran anchors with great chemistry. To be successful, you must have a strong understanding and demonstrated proficiency in TV newscast production; a deep understanding of how to connect content to audiences; the ability to work unselfishly with teams in the creative process of brainstorming, developing, launching and sustaining quality programs; and a love and appreciation of all genres of television – news, dramas, comedies, reality and entertainment.  This is not show-stacking, formula-focused, consultant-driven news producing. We want a producer committed to creating exceptional morning television. Apply to VP News/News Director Mark Casey. Continue reading

Biz Journal launches Phoenix Business Blog

The Phoenix Business Journal has launched the Phoenix Business Blog, an outlet where reporters and other newsroom staff can follow breaking stories, give their take on the news and provide readers with more information and analysis of the Phoenix business community.

Entries will be posted daily, and a video component is in the planning stages. The blog can be found in the center of the Phoenix Business Journal’s homepage at Continue reading

Phoenix Business Journal, parent company report growth

At a time when many newspapers are reporting record losses, the Phoenix Business Journal says it is bucking that trend. Its parent company, the American City Business Journals group, says its papers gained in paid circulation by 3.85 percent between 2005 and 2009, while daily newspapers in those same markets lost 18.81 percent in the same years. From 2007 to 2009 alone, the ACBJ circulation growth totaled 2.7 percent.

Nationally, ACBJ readers spend an average of 50 minutes reading their local business journal each week, according to media audits.

And through 2009, about 175,000 business leaders have attended business journal events across the country. Continue reading