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Bankrate

Bankrate.com seeks New York reporter

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Bankrate.com is looking for an enthusiastic journalist to work with its editorial desk on data-driven projects.

Applicants must be skilled storytellers who are capable of quickly finding and analyzing data. The data journalist will join a two-person statistics team that works in all phases of story development. The stats team pitches its own ideas for the website while working with reporters and editors on other projects.

Bankrate’s data journalist must be interested in all aspects of news reporting – not just the numbers. Strong reporting skills are a must. Applicants also must be very comfortable with Excel spreadsheets. They should demonstrate an ability to find data sets and maintain a passion for accuracy and precision. Computer programming, JavaScript, web scraping and mapping skills are also strongly desired.

Responsibilities

  • Locate, analyze and explain financial data for Bankrate’s vast online audience.
  • Develop contacts within public and private agencies that act as gatekeepers for financial statistics, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Reserve, Census, RealtyTrac, etc.
  • Work closely with Bankrate.com’s editorial team. Help them troubleshoot any issues with statistics.
  • Conceive and assist in building interactive maps and calculators.
  • Identify relevant Bankrate content for new products, partner needs and breaking news.

Requirements

  • Strong ability with Excel spreadsheets.
  • Knack for finding story ideas and trends within the data.
  • Experience with turning statistics into maps, charts and calculators.
  • 2-3 years of reporting or editing experience.
  • Understanding of SEO and Social Media.
  • Enthusiasm and a penchant for acquiring new skills.

To apply, go here.

 

Mossberg and Swisher

Mossberg and Swisher talk about Re/Code founding

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Former Wall Street Journal reporters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher spoke Tuesday night on the “Charlie Rose Show” about the founding of their new technology news site Re/Code.

“All of our reporters are terrific and know their stories will hold until we get the right sourcing,” said Mossberg.

Added Swisher: “We are moving journalism into the next phase of journalism bringing along the old standards that are good and leaving behind the ones that aren’t, at the same time embracing new delivery systems.”

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NerdWallet seeks lead editor

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NerdWallet grown steadily since 2009 and are looking to add a high-caliber editor who can spot prime coverage opportunities for all of our verticals. We cover all areas of consumer finance — banking, credit cards, education, health care, insurance, investments, mortgages, shopping, travel.

The right candidate will shape daily coverage, and help manage and make hires. We have a growing staff of writers and editors from outlets such as CNN.com, The WSJ and The Motley Fool.

This job requires:

  • At least five years in professional daily journalism
  • Strategic thinking about coverage, because we’re not a traditional news outlet and aren’t looking to compete with them
  • Someone who comes up with smart story ideas and knows how to effectively position them for media outlets and on social media
  • Someone who knows the media landscape well, including national and local outlets. (This job requires someone who already reads and watches news widely, and uses social media extensively.)
  • Someone with editing chops, who can front-load writers on story approach and potential sources, as needed
  • Someone with proven leadership skills

Bonus points for:

  • Personal finance background

What we offer:

  • Pay competitive with major news outlets’
  • 100% paid premiums for medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and kids
  • 401(k) match
  • Generous allowances for learning and training
  • Generous, flexible vacation
  • Catered lunches daily
  • In-offices fitness classes
  • Paid commuter benefits
  • Friday happy hours
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Seeking Alpha pays $270,000 a month to contributors

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Eli Hoffman, the senior vice president of content and editor in chief of Seeking Alpha, writes about how the financial news and investment site pays its contributors.

Hoffman writes, “We pay contributors who publish articles that are exclusive to Seeking Alpha. The base payment is $10/CPM (1,000 page-views). For high-quality analysis of stocks that otherwise lack good research, we have two additional payment tiers: i) Small-Cap Insight – we pay a minimum of $150 per article for high-quality small-cap research, as selected by our editors. ii) Top Ideas – for top small-cap ideas with exceptionally attractive risk/reward profiles (1-10 per day) we pay $500.

“We launched article payments in early 2011 with the per-page-view model. Contributors were happy, but said the focus on page-views led them to publish analysis on very popular stocks and topics. Since unusual investment opportunities (‘alpha’) are often found in lesser-followed stocks, this wasn’t necessarily a good thing. Unlike traditional media businesses, in equity research there is often an inverse correlation between broad appeal and value.

“This led us to change our payment model and channel a large percentage of author payments to quality rather than popularity. Having said that, I still think too much of the decision about what constitutes quality rests in editors’ hands. In a true marketplace, consumers determine the value of an item, not an expert panel. Because of this, I am intrigued by ways in which SA can more closely mimic the characteristics of a marketplace, in which those who provide the greatest net value are most successful. I welcome your suggestions.

Are all contributors paid?

“No. Some contributors decline payment for a variety of reasons; they can direct their payments to a charity of their choice. Others prefer to syndicate their research through a variety of channels, and decline payment in order that their articles not be exclusive.

How much do you pay contributors per month?

“Contributor payments are the lion’s share of our editorial costs. In a typical month, we pay $270,000 to contributors – $150,000 in page-view payments, and $120,000 in minimum-guaranteed article-quality payments.”

Read more here.

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How financial news websites pay their contributors

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Ricardo Bilton of Digiday writes about how some financial news sites are recruiting and paying contributors for their content.

Bilton writes, “Financial News site The Street is a relative newcomer to the contributor network game. Since introducing its writers program two months ago, it has attracted 100 writers, a number it hopes to triple by 2015.

“While all of its contributors start unpaid, The Street has built its system so that successful writers can work their way into paid channels. When writers get 20,000 pageviews per week, The Street pays them $20; 40,000 weekly pageviews gets them $40, and so on. Really successful writers can get pay comparable to The Street’s full-time staff.”

“Like Seeking Alpha, The Street pitches contributors on more than just a way to earn a quick buck. ‘Part of our pitch is we’re going to be putting them up with our veteran editors so they get experience working with real journalists and learning how to put together leads and include information that makes the story work,’ said Bill Inman, editor-in-chief of The Street.

“The vetting process here is thorough. The Street requires that contributors submit profile photos, offer references, and sign contracts. It’s also looking for people who ‘really know their stuff,’ not broad generalists, said Inman.”

Read more here. Seeking Alpha CEO David Jackson has tweeted about this issue here.

Inc.

Inc. magazine seeks web editor

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Inc., the oldest magazine devoted to entrepreneurs, is seeking a web editor for Inc.com.

Responsibilities include managing the homepage, writing must-click headlines and stewarding its editorial calendar. The editor is accountable for the quality, impact and timeliness of the homepage, with the goal of increasing traffic.

Other duties include content management, daily newsletters and column editing. Must-haves include a passionate dedication to web journalism, exceptional talent for writing irresistible headlines, excellent news judgment and zeal for website analytics.

The ideal candidate is a fast and clean editor, is steeped in the web and cares about entrepreneurs. The successful applicant will have at least three years’ experience as a business or financial journalist, a strong voice, a sense of fun and an intuitive grasp of what gets shared online.

The job is based in New York and reports to the executive editor of Inc.com. For immediate consideration, please send a resume, clips and a cover letter to mmerwin@mansueto.com.

Mary Johnson

ACBJ hires Johnson as Bizwomen.com editor

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Americasn City Business Journals has hired Mary Johnson as editor of Bizwomen.com, its new national news site for women business owners and professionals.

She will begin on April 14.

Johnson comes to Bizwomen from NJBiz, a New Jersey business publication where she served as managing editor. Before that, she was a reporter, producer and editor at DNAinfo, the New York City news site. She also gained multimedia and broadcast experience at stints with The Economist and other titles.

“For me, there is a huge sense of responsibility that comes with being the editor of Bizwomen,” Johnson said in a statement. “I want Bizwomen to be a destination for breaking news, exclusives, in-depth profiles and multimedia content people want to engage with. I also want Bizwomen to become a community for women in business, one where they can engage with others across the country on hot-button issues, but also one where they can weigh in how the site is evolving. It’s brand new, and I want our readers to help drive its vision. ”

Bizwomen began driving that vision April 7 with the launch of its site and a “Mentoring Monday” event in 40 cities across the country where American City Business Journals publishes — local business publications and news sites. Hundreds of women business leaders came together to mentor thousands of up-and-coming women professionals.

That national push to build community among business women is reflective of the editorial mission of Bizwomen.

“Mary is an accomplished journalist who brings to the table a remarkable variety of experiences and talents,” said Emory Thomas, chief content officer of American City Business Journals, in a statement. “As both a reporter and editor, she has a proven ability to identify and build loyal audiences. Her news judgment is sharp and perceptive, and she’s a strong newsroom leader. ACBJ is fortunate to have someone of Mary’s caliber heading this important new media title for us.”

In addition to working at NJBiz and DNAinfo, Johnson served as a multimedia production resident at The Economist, an assistant editor at Columbia Law School Magazine, a staff writer and on-air correspondent at the Hartford Business Journal and a senior editor at the El Paso Media Group, which published “El Paso Magazine,” among other titles.

She holds an undergraduate degree in magazine journalism from the University of Florida and a master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Money

Money.com seeks reporter/producer

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Money.com, the post-CNNMoney website of Money magazine, will launch in June and is looking for creative web reporters.

Web journalism experience is required; personal finance experience is preferred; but most important is a deep passion for exploring and explaining the myriad ways that regular people interact with money, business, economics, and markets on a daily basis.

The ability to generate provocative and timely story ideas and clean, post-ready prose under time pressure is essential, as is experience using social media to broaden reach. The person in this role will be expected to produce multiple pieces of content each work day. Comfort with SEO strategies and producing content in a range of media, especially video, is a plus.

To apply, send your resume, clips and a cover letter to Scott Medintz at Scott.Medintz@moneymail.com.

Money

Money.com seeks writer/editor

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Money.com, the post-CNNMoney website of Money magazine, will launch in June and is looking for a creative mid-level web writer/editor to help with the launch and day-to-day operations.

Personal finance, consumer service, and/or business journalism experience is strongly preferred; but most essential is a deep passion for exploring and explaining the myriad ways that regular people interact with money, business, economics, and markets on a daily basis.

Though the breakdown between writing and editing will evolve, the person in this role will need to both develop his/her own clean, post-ready content and edit the copy of others under intense deadline pressure. Experience using social media to broaden reach is important; comfort producing content in a range of media, especially video, is a plus.

To apply, send your resume, clips and a cover letter to Scott Medintz at Scott.Medintz@moneymail.com.

BizWomen

ACBJ launching BizWomen.com on Monday

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American City Business Journals, which operates more than 40 business newspapers across the country, is launching a new website on Monday called BizWomen that will provide news to women business leaders.

Bizwomen plans to collect content from the hundreds of ACBJ editors and reporters in 43 different markets. The website will be run by a dedicated staff based in ACBJ’s headquarters city, Charlotte, N.C.

Bizwomen is specifically geared for women leaders seeking business opportunities, news, knowledge, and contacts who can help them grow their businesses. In addition to the site, Bizwomen will publish a weekly email newsletter highlighting the most urgent, most important and most enlightening news and information involving and affecting women business leaders.

As part of the launch of the site, an estimated 8,000-plus women business leaders in 40 cities across the country will be participating April 7 in American City Business Journals’ Mentoring Monday program.