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Senior Business Reporter
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Opportunity Snapshot

In this role, you'll showcase your business reporting acumen and multimedia journalism skills in a state-of-the-art digital newsroom. As a Senior Business Reporter based in our Birmingham hub, you will join a team of professional reporters covering the Alabama business community online at AL.com and in our four print newspaper products. You'll leverage your track record of success in digital journalism and your ability to increase reader traffic through innovative news writing to make an impact on the local business community. 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 Alabama Media Group.

Alabama Media Group is a digital media company that operates AL.com, one of the country's largest local websites, produces television and video programming, and publishes Alabama's three most prominent newspapers: The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and Mobile's Press-Register, as well as Birmingham magazine and The Mississippi Press-Register. The company also offers digital marketing solutions – including audience targeting, search engine marketing and social media optimization; plus creative services, data analytics and event sponsorships.

Alabama Media Group is part of Advance Local, a leading media company comprised of 12 local affiliated news and information websites that rank #1 among local media in their respective markets and more than 30 affiliated newspapers 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 Senior Business Reporter opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of journalism experience in a digital newsroom or newspaper (online business reporting experience strongly preferred)
  • Proven 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
  • Familiarity with online social networks, blogs, wikis, and emerging communications technologies (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), and an in-depth understanding of the importance of using social media to engage audiences
  • 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
  • Analytical skills and comfort with modern data reporting techniques
  • 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 
  • Knowledge of 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
  • The ability to build trust quickly
  • The ability to generate unique story ideas
  • A portfolio with samples of your past reporting and writing

Photo above by Katrina Tuliao

The Role

As Senior 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 be part of a team of business reporters, primarily responsible for covering banking, healthcare, utilities, insurance, regulations and other professional services, but available to contribute to coverage on other business beats as needed.

You will be based in the Birmingham (or Mobile) 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. We'll look to you to help grow and guide the business team and shape the mission of business reporting throughout the state. 

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 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, and to keep the quality of content on your assigned beats 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.

Opportunity Snapshot

In this role, you'll showcase your business reporting acumen and multimedia journalism skills in a state-of-the-art digital newsroom. As a Senior Business Reporter based in our Birmingham hub, you will join a team of professional reporters covering the Alabama business community online at AL.com and in our four print newspaper products. You'll leverage your track record of success in digital journalism and your ability to increase reader traffic through innovative news writing to make an impact on the local business community. 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 Alabama Media Group.

Alabama Media Group is a digital media company that operates AL.com, one of the country's largest local websites, produces television and video programming, and publishes Alabama's three most prominent newspapers: The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and Mobile's Press-Register, as well as Birmingham magazine and The Mississippi Press-Register. The company also offers digital marketing solutions – including audience targeting, search engine marketing and social media optimization; plus creative services, data analytics and event sponsorships.

Alabama Media Group is part of Advance Local, a leading media company comprised of 12 local affiliated news and information websites that rank #1 among local media in their respective markets and more than 30 affiliated newspapers 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 Senior Business Reporter opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of journalism experience in a digital newsroom or newspaper (online business reporting experience strongly preferred)
  • Proven 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
  • Familiarity with online social networks, blogs, wikis, and emerging communications technologies (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), and an in-depth understanding of the importance of using social media to engage audiences
  • 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
  • Analytical skills and comfort with modern data reporting techniques
  • 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 
  • Knowledge of 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
  • The ability to build trust quickly
  • The ability to generate unique story ideas
  • A portfolio with samples of your past reporting and writing

Photo above by Katrina Tuliao

The Role

As Senior 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 be part of a team of business reporters, primarily responsible for covering banking, healthcare, utilities, insurance, regulations and other professional services, but available to contribute to coverage on other business beats as needed.

You will be based in the Birmingham (or Mobile) 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. We'll look to you to help grow and guide the business team and shape the mission of business reporting throughout the state. 

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 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, and to keep the quality of content on your assigned beats 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.
Alabama 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.

Alabama 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.

Alabama Media Group endeavors to make AL.com accessible to any and all users.
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