The Star Tribune has two openings on its business desk which caught my eye: the economy beat and a columnist position.
“The great thing about these jobs is that they’re primo beats at a paper that takes business journalism seriously,” Duchesne Paul Drew, Managing Editor for Operations said explaining how he believes the positions will be pretty competitive. “It’s not an afterthought, it’s at the heart of who we are.”
Details on each are on the paper’s jobs site – Star Tribune employment opportunities. Or individually:
Business columnist. The ad for this job reads:
The Star Tribune is seeking a dynamic, thoughtful business columnist to provide a leading voice in the Twin Cities community.
The business columnist should have the heartbeat of a reporter, building each column on a foundation of astute research. The columnist will produce columns that our tough-minded and fair. We need an authoritative voice that will deliver insight on a consistent basis.
We celebrate the column that is pegged to news events and seek a writer whose point of view will be anything but predictable. The business columnist should expect to write two to three columns a week and engage the community online as well, possibly through a blog, online chats, Twitter and other outlets.
Minnesota economy reporter. The ad for this job reads:
We are looking for an experienced business reporter to produce high-impact stories about the economy.
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, the economy has become one of the most provocative and important beats for any news organization. We want someone who will think broadly and explore a full range of stories – from employment and inflation to international trade to corporate affairs to consumer behavior.
This is not a beat for rookies or for those who shy away from the big stage. We’re looking for someone who can develop sharp, intuitive reporting on major trends in the Minnesota economy. Candidates should be fluent in basic economic concepts and comfortable with data-driven reporting. The reporter will be expected to produce a full range of coverage – both online and in print – and to embrace opportunities to collaborate with other reporters.
“We’ve expanded our commitment to business journalism at a time when many media organizations have cut back,” Drew said. “We have almost 20 writers in the section, which means we offer our readers range and depth. We didn’t lose our institutional knowledge as our industry and company contracted in recent years. We have a good mix of folks who’ve been here more than 20 years as well as a number of folks who’ve been here less than three years. For both of these positions, having 20 Fortune 500 companies that cross a range of sectors means they won’t struggle to find interesting and important story targets. And, it’s a really good place to live and work.”
Star Tribune reporters Chris Serres and Glenn Howatt won a 2011 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for their 2010 series “Hounded – Debtors and the New Breed of Collectors.” Star Tribune series wins Loeb award
And the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) judges selected the Tribune’s business staff for a General Excellence award in its Best in Business 2011 competition.
If you have questions about these jobs, call Duchesne Drew, managing editor for operations/recruitment, at 612-673-7111 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He asks that you DO NOT email him your application. Details about applying are on the jobs site: Economy reporter | Business columnist.