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Nerdwallet seeks computer assisted reporter

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NerdWallet has been around since 2009, helping consumers make smart financial decisions. We’re doubling our staff this year, including adding an experienced computer-assisted reporting editor, who will help drive our content decisions. Join us, work with a bunch of collegial brainiacs and help shape a business that’s rapidly growing. (Among our recent hires: a key VP from LinkedIn, a senior editor from CNN, one of the top recruiters in Silicon Valley, and a physician with an MBA — both degrees from Stanford.)
The job:

  • Analyze data to spot stories and story angles with a high return on investment in clicks, shares, links and references in mainstream media.
  • Identify visual ways to tell stories, including charts, tables, data visualizations and infographics.
  • Collaborate with writers to deliver clear, easily digestible stories and data analysis for lay people.
  • Obtain, through open records requests, data for stories and applications and develop scalable processes for data collection and analysis.
  • Create searchable database applications and interactive maps for internal and external use in collaboration with in-house data analytics team.
  • Help scale a computer-assisted reporting team and capabilities across NerdWallet.

Key needs:

  • Strong data reporting experience at a midsize daily news outlet or larger.
  •  Strong excel skills and familiarity with data visualization software (e.g. Tableau, GIS) and programming languages (e.g. HTML, SQL).
  • Superior attention to detail. (This is a key measure of performance.)
  • The ability to collaborate effectively. (This is a key measure of performance.)
  • Flexibility. We consistently iterate and try new strategies. We don’t operate like traditional news outlets.
  • The ability to prioritize and reprioritize as needed.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities. Strong judgment. We don’t micromanage or hand-hold.

To apply, go here.

 

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Bloomberg Businessweek creative director leaving for MTV

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Richard Turley, the creative director at Bloomberg Businessweek and the force behind many of its controversial covers during the past four years, is leaving for a job at MTV.

Turley writes, “Four years ago, almost to the day, the redesigned Bloomberg Businessweek arrived on newsstands. The distance from that point to this seems to have passed within the blink of an eye, and has been one of the best and most unexpected adventures I’ve ever had.

“The risk Bloomberg took in hiring someone from another continent, with limited experience and little or no knowledge of business magazines struck me as brave at the time. What I didn’t realize then was that it wasn’t really bravery – more just a desire to not follow the conventional wisdom of what our magazine could be.

“That principle is the result of the people here, exemplified most notably by Josh. Hands down the best boss and editor I have ever worked for, but also and more importantly – my partner in crime, and someone who deserves far more credit for the design of the magazine than he ever allows himself to receive. I will miss him forever. But that spirit of adventure and experimentation that starts with him, runs throughout. No more so than within the art department, who so often pushed me far more than I ever pushed them; and who have an ambition I haven’t found anywhere else.”

Read more here.

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Benzinga: A new brand for financial news

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Joseph Lichterman of the Nieman Journalism Lab looks at financial news site Benzinga and its strategy.

Lichterman writes, “The content partnerships all link back to Benzinga’s site — Prieto said he expects Benzinga’s traffic to continue to grow as the company plans to ink more partnership deals.

“‘That gives us the ability to take that traffic, monetize it with advertising revenue or create free leads for Benzinga Pro or our Marketfy products,’ Prieto said, noting that they will use the products to promote one another. For instance, many of the Marketfy Mavens write columns on Benzinga.com that are available for free.

“The site was initially focused on covering only smaller companies with market caps of $300 million to $2 billion or so. But Benzinga has expanded its coverage to include investment tips and more as the sites it partnered with wanted additional content.

“‘We’re trying to bring that knowledge to the average investor,’ Raznick said. ‘It’s not easy because people only have so much time in the day. So are people going to go read the Wall Street Journal and then come read Benzinga? How do we impact the people on the first 20 seconds of reading our articles or reading our data? That’s what we have to think about.’

“The company also licenses use of its Benzinga Pro newswire, which it launched in 2011, to about 10 different brokerages including TD Ameritrade, Trade Station, and Lightspeed. Individuals can purchase a subscription to Benzinga Pro starting at $39 per month. That’s a fraction of the $2,000 monthly price for a Bloomberg Terminal. But the company says it’s not aiming to compete with financial data heavyweights like Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters. Raznick declined to offer concrete subscription data on Benzinga Pro, but said the number of subscriptions is ‘in the thousands.’”

Read more here.

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Bloomberg seeks billionaires reporter in Hong Kong

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Bloomberg News is seeking a reporter in Hong Kong to work on our Billionaires team.

The person in this role will calculate the fortunes of the world’s richest people, and identify and write about new billionaires who haven’t yet appeared on an international wealth ranking. The job will entail breaking news and maintaining billionaire valuations for Bloomberg’s daily wealth ranking, {RICH}, as well as writing investigative stories for Bloomberg’s assorted media properties, including the Bloomberg Terminal, Bloomberg.com and Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Businessweek magazines.

Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Minimum of three years of reporting experience
- Fluency in English, Mandarin and/or Cantonese

To apply, go here.

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Quartz seeks consumer goods reporter

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Quartz seeks a reporter to lead its coverage of the consumer goods sector globally, including a focus on the business of food.

You would be part of the growing Quartz team in New York, and help shape our efforts to take bracingly creative approaches to covering business news. Consumer goods topics we’ve covered recently have ranged from the decline of the microwave oven to the per capita coffee consumption around the world. Developing fresh ways to look at consumption trends and translate them into interesting, provocative articles, with a solid grounding in data, is a central challenge of this job.

We are looking for someone with professional reporting experience, a facility with data, an entrepreneurial approach to their work, and the ability to convey curiosity and subtle humor in their writing. The reporter should feel comfortable with using formats other than 700-word articles (such as shorter pieces, photos, and charts) when they’re better for efficiently and effectively getting a story across. International experience and languages are a plus.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and five links to relevant work. The links matter most.

To apply, go here.

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Quartz hires two new staffers

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Quartz editor in chief Kevin Delaney sent out the following staff announcement:

Some staff news:

Nikhil Sonnad has joined us this week as a reporter on the Things team. Nikhil arrives in New York from Sydney, where he was working as a journalist-coder at the non-profit news venture The Global Mail. (Check out some of his work there, from data visualizations to longform presentations.) He has previously worked in Taiwan and New York. He speaks JavaScript, Python, Chinese, and Spanish. You can follow him @nsonnad

Jenni Avins joins us on May 7 as lifestyle reporter. Jenni is a contributing editor at New York Magazine’s fashion site, the Cut, and the founder of Closettour.com. Her freelance work has been published by The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, Vice, and other outlets. J. Crew recently took out a two-page magazine ad featuring a note addressed to “Ms. Avins” after she suggested they revive a classic swimsuit, and they did. Jenni speaks Portuguese. You can follow her @jenniavins

With these hires, we’re beginning the process of staffing up for a new phase of growth. In addition to a handful of one-year fellowships we’re finalizing offers for, we’ll be adding incremental new editorial positions in the coming weeks.

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FTAdviser seeks senior reporter in London

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FTAdviser, the Financial Times’ specialist online publication aimed at financial advisers, is seeking a new Senior Reporter to join its expanding team.

Having grown traffic substantially over the past three years, we are looking to expand the online reporting team to continue to develop our audience by contributing to our outstanding editorial output.

The senior reporter will be expected to be a key source of exclusive news and incisive analysis for the website, including daily breaking news, authoritative news analysis and in-depth blogs and features.

Content may also appear in the three print sister title within the Financial Times Retail Finance department, all of which are published online on FTAdviser.com – Financial Adviser, Investment Adviser and Money Management.

The role is based in the Financial Times building at One Southwark Bridge, London.

To apply, go here.

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FTAdviser seeks reporter in London

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FTAdviser, the Financial Times’ specialist online publication aimed at financial advisers, is seeking a new Reporter to join its expanding team.

Having grown traffic substantially over the past three years, we are looking to expand the online reporting team to continue to develop our audience by contributing to our outstanding editorial output.

The reporter will be expected produce a range of content for the website, including daily breaking news, authoritative news analysis and in-depth blogs and features.

Content may also appear in the three print sister titles within the Financial Times Retail Finance department, all of which are published online on FTAdviser.com – Financial Adviser, Investment Adviser and Money Management.

The role is based in the Financial Times building at One Southwark Bridge, London.

To apply, go here.

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WSJ seeks social media editor for Money & Investing

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The Wall Street Journal is seeking a social media editor to lead the social efforts of the Money & Investing section.

This person would be responsible for managing multiple social accounts and for developing strategies to raise the profiles of reporters and editors in the section. This person would also make social media a large part of an expanded online product covering the business of Wall Street and financial markets.

The editor would also be responsible for enhancing our audience-engagement efforts and for tracking metrics. The editor would be an integral part of our breaking news team and work closely with news editors. The ideal candidate will have a journalism background and online experience, including a strong social media presence.

The person will demonstrate in-depth experience working on social media platforms, an understanding of digital analytics and an ability to train others on best social practices. The social media editor should be passionate about, and a good understanding of, all aspects of finance and markets.

Please attach a resume, cover letter and three to five published clips to your online application.

To apply, go here.

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Dow Jones seeks private equity reporter in New York

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Dow Jones and Co. seeks a private equity reporter in New York.

Responsible for developing exclusive content for daily and monthly publication. Produce several exclusive deal stories each week as well as research and write longer analytical trend articles related to complex industry topics, including financial deal terms and capital structures utilized in private equity deals, trends in healthcare investing and the impact of evolving regulation on private equity investment.

Responsible for contributing to regular supplements that Dow Jones publishes on specialized topics, such as the private equity secondary market or private equity partnership terms and conditions. Required to moderate discussion panels of industry leaders for our conferences.

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, or a related field plus five years of experience. Requires broadcasting experience and experience covering the global banking industry. Requires expertise in international markets and the ability to report on them. Requires journalistic research, writing, and editing skills.

The job is 35 hours/week. Must also have authority to work permanently in the U.S.

To apply, go here.