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Lead Business Reporter
LA - New Orleans

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In this role, you'll showcase your business reporting acumen and leadership ability in a state-of-the-art digital newsroom in one of the most vibrant news cities in the world. As the Lead Business Reporter in our New Orleans hub, you will both report on the New Orleans business community and help direct the efforts of three other full-time business reporters whose work is published online at NOLA.com and in print in The Times-Picayune. If you have the drive to break news, the ambition to develop investigative and enterprise journalism, the willingness to engage readers and create communities around your coverage, and the entrepreneurial spirit to cover business in innovative ways, then consider joining the award-winning news team of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

NOLA Media Group is a digitally-focused news organization encompassing all content, marketing and sales operations for NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune. By bringing together the quality journalism and in-depth coverage of The Times-Picayune with the up-to-the-minute information of NOLA.com, we are ensuring the communities we serve have 24/7 access to what's happening locally and around the world. The Times-Picayune has won multiple Pulitzer Prizes, including two for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and most recently NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, together with WVUE-TV Fox 8, earned a Peabody Award for its groundbreaking investigative series on Louisiana campaign financing.

NOLA Media Group is a part of Advance Local, one of the largest media groups in the U.S. reaching more than 40 million consumers through its 12 local news and information websites that rank #1 among local media in their respective markets, and more than 30 newspapers. Our affiliated websites and newspapers are well known for their award-winning journalism. Advance Local is part of Advance Publications, along with Condé Nast and American City Business Journals.

The Requirements

To be a good fit for the Lead Business Reporter opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of journalism experience in a newspaper or online newsroom, with proven business reporting and writing ability
  • Editing experience preferred but not required
  • Experience building, maintaining and engaging an active online audience
  • The ability to work under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately
  • Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure
  • Experience with search engine optimization practices
  • Experience taking photos as well as recording audio and video, with the ability to edit
  • Demonstrated capability in capitalizing on high-value topics by engaging audiences in frequency and urgency
  • An understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms such as Moveable Type CMS, SCC Budgeting and Archiving System and smartphones
  • An understanding of the imperatives of multiple platforms print, mobile, Internet, etc
  • Proven ability to utilize a broad set of tools to tell stories and engage the audience
  • Experience using social media to source and promote content, and basic HTML or equivalent web language is an asset
  • The ability and desire to stay abreast of industry advances and to proactively consider new methods of reaching audiences including engaging, interactive and optimized product offerings
Photo above by Katrina Tuliao

The Role

As the Lead Business Reporter, you will break news, develop enterprise reporting, engage your audience and aggregate relevant content that establishes you as an authority on the business beat. You will coordinate the day-to-day reporting efforts of three full-time business reporters and yourself, in consultation with a managing editor. You will think strategically about business coverage, develop enterprise projects for yourself and other business reporters, maintain story budgets that the print team will use in putting together daily newspapers, and participate in digital and print business-content initiatives.

You will be based in a downtown newsroom but encouraged to work remotely and equipped with the tools that enable you to do so effectively. Collaboration is a core value, so you must be able to work closely with other reporters, editors, photographers, graphic artists and digital operations staffers, and in doing so, promote a company-wide spirit of innovation and collegiality.

Your normal work hours may include early mornings, nights and/or weekends, so schedule flexibility is key.

Keys to Success

To excel in this role, you must be a dynamic leader, relentless reporter and talented writer committed to using all of the digital tools at your disposal to produce compelling multimedia business content every working day. You should be able to proactively identify important business stories and respond quickly, either by reporting them yourself or directing coverage from your team, and to keep the quality of business content consistently relevant and engaging.

You must have a demonstrated digital proficiency and a multimedia mindset. Because we are a digitally-focused newsroom that reports in real-time, you should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. You must be someone who excels under pressure and welcomes competition in the media marketplace. You should be equally comfortable working collaboratively and independently, whether contributing to a big story with a team of reporters, editors and photographers or identifying content topics and trends in a self-directed environment.
NOLA Media Group offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes: medical, prescription drug, and dental benefits; a 401(k) Plan; life insurance and disability plans and commuter accounts.

NOLA Media Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental impairment, sexual orientation or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.

NOLA Media Group endeavors to make NOLA.com accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact thawkins@dtoolbox.com.
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