Tag Archives: Technology coverage
by Chris Roush
The Reuters San Francisco Bureau is seeking a top-notch beat reporter to lead coverage of Apple, one of the world’s most interesting and important companies.
The position also involves working closely with bureau colleagues in covering the remarkable array of business and technology developments that are currently under way in Silicon Valley.
The successful candidate will be an experienced business reporter who is equally comfortable handling fast-breaking news and deep enterprise reporting. The ability to develop sources, break news, write quickly and clearly, and work effectively with a highly secretive company are essential.
Creativity with story ideas, discernment in deciding what’s news and what isn’t, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in San Francisco, New York and multiple bureaus in Asia are also crucial.
The Apple beat is among the most competitive in all of journalism, and thus the successful candidate must be someone who thrives on that competition and is willing to go the extra mile to break news.
The position also involves occasional coverage of everything from plane crashes to sporting events, depending on the bureau’s needs.
To apply, go here.
by Chris Roush
Bloomberg News seeks a technology reporter for its Madrid bureau.
The ideal candidate will develop sources at Spain’s telecommunications, technology and media companies to break news on corporate moves such as M&A, personnel changes and industry alliances.
He or she will work closely with colleagues in the pan-European technology team to break news and write enterprise pieces, while also contributing to the bureau’s broader coverage of Spanish news.
-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
-Proven track record breaking news
-Experience working in a real-time news environment is preferred
-Fluency in English and Spanish, and the ability to write concisely under deadline pressure in English is essential.
To apply, go here.
by Chris Roush
Jessica Lessin, the founder of The Information, writes, “Jonathan is the perfect fit to oversee our newsroom and help me chart our editorial vision. He’s highly respected throughout Silicon Valley and the media industry as a sharp editor and deep thinker about the future of news–and in fact was someone that a number of people told me I should try to hire when I was starting The Information. He’ll join in early March. You can follow him on Twitter here.
“Jonathan caught the entrepreneurial bug long before we did. After a stint as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times, he served as co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Industry Standard, an icon of the dot-com era that set a high standard for business journalism about the tech industry.
“He later founded New West Publishing, an online journalism venture that covered politics, culture and business in the Rocky Mountain West. He was also co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Bay Citizen, which published a slew of important investigate stories about the Bay Area. At Reuters, he has overseen coverage of Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and a range of other topics including municipal finance and West Coast energy issues.”
Read more here. The Information is also hiring Tom Dotan of the Los Angeles Business Journal.
by Chris Roush
Dealreporter, a digital news service that is part of the Mergermarket Group, has an opening for a business journalist to cover companies in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors.
This role is entirely focused on original reporting and is a great opportunity for a reporter looking to move into an investigative journalism position in a high-profile beat. There is no aggregation or re-writing of other news reports in this position.
Articles may range from an exclusive report on companies for sale to analyzing how a new product will impact the fortunes of companies. Dealreporter stories are read by major hedge funds, institutional investors, investment banks and corporations.
The right candidate will work with a team to generate original story ideas, make new sources and quickly pick up financial information. Overtime, the candidate will have an opportunity to develop industry executives, private equity/venture capital executives or M&A advisors as sources. The right candidate should be as happy reporting a story independently as working with a team of reporters based around the world. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working at a technology or financial news service, website or newspaper. Candidates with experience working as a sellside or buyside financial analyst will also be considered.
- Keen interest in the business of technology
- Ability to interview senior executives and dealmakers
- Strong aptitude for understanding SEC filings, balance sheets etc
- Ability to pick up on trends and develop original angles for stories
This role can be based in either New York, San Francisco or Washington DC.
Please send your resume and cover letter to Ed Mullane, TMT editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful applicants will be invited to send clips and for phone interviews.
by Chris Roush
Investor’s Business Daily is seeking a full-time technology reporter for its Silicon Valley bureau, located in Sunnyvale. The ideal candidate has a strong grasp of technology issues, an interest in the stock market and knowledge of financial statements. Candidates must understand how businesses and financial markets work and be familiar with key technologies, industry players, current conditions and trends.
We’re looking for people who are thorough, know how to find information, can win access to important people and can pull telling details from them once they land the interview. We want people who can recognize the not-so-obvious stories that no one else sees. Speed is essential to meet deadlines for the IBD newspaper and its website, Investors.com. We will provide training on using computer databases and stock charts to analyze technology companies and glean trends.
IBD is a national newspaper and financial website known for innovative coverage and fact-based analysis of the stock market, economy, business and public policy. We offer an environment that encourages and rewards learning and professional growth, the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how to invest successfully, and the prime location for any technology journalist, Silicon Valley.
At least three years of relevant journalism experience is preferred but will consider other candidates with strong skills. A four-year college degree is required.
Submit resume, cover letter and at least three writing samples to IBDnewsjobs@investors.com. Writing samples can be attached as Word documents or PDFs or pasted into the message. Please put Tech Reporter in the email subject field.
by Chris Roush
Business Insider is looking for a driven and resourceful Tech Reporter to join a new reporting team at our paid industry research service, BI Intelligence.
This journalist will be tasked with developing a deep network of tech industry sources and writing and reporting high-impact industry news, including briefs for our daily morning newsletters aimed at mobile computing and digital payments professionals.
What Is BI Intelligence?
BI Intelligence is a subscription research service from Business Insider that provides in-depth analysis and trade news about the tech industry. The service has experienced rapid growth since its launch in mid-2012, and has expanded from its original focus on mobile computing to cover additional tech-related topics, including digital payments and video. Check out BI Intelligence here.
Who’s Right For The Job?
The candidate must have enough experience to hit the ground running and make an immediate contribution. Recent college or journalism school graduates will only be considered if they have completed stints as interns or at school papers, and demonstrate a knack for business journalism. The right candidate will demonstrate a track record in mastering a news beat, and producing scoops. Knowledge of the key tech and mobile industry trends is a big plus.
The ideal Tech Reporter will feel comfortable speaking daily with top leaders and analysts across all the areas we cover, including mobile computing, digital payments, and e-commerce. This person will be an excellent writer who can turn out clear copy that simplifies complicated issues and industries, without dumbing them down.
Desired Skills & Experience:
If this role is for you, here are some of the other traits you must possess:
- One to three years experience as a business, tech, or trade reporter preferred. Recent college or journalism school graduates will be considered only with an established track record in professional-quality business reporting
- An ability to identify the news and information that is ahead of the curve and will help our subscribers do their jobs better
- Ability to write clearly and rapidly about complicated topics, without becoming bogged down in jargon
- A passion for detail and accuracy, and an intolerance for sloppy or poorly sourced reporting
- Persistence and creativity in reporting — the kind of doggedness that turns tips or hunches into scoops
- Ability to work in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment, alongside analysts and editors
- Bachelor’s degree or higher. College-level knowledge of statistics, calculus, accounting and/or economics preferred
- Comfortable with all aspects of modern beat reporting: phone interviewing, attending industry events, cultivating insider sources online and offline.
- Experience interviewing CEOs and top entrepreneurs
- Solid grounding in business analysis fundamentals
- Strong communication skills
- An interest in data-driven stories and trends
- Knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint is helpful, but not required
The Tech Reporter will report to the Senior Reporter, who will head a team of industry/trade reporters at BI Intelligence. The role is full-time and based in our New York City offices. No requests for off-site or part-time work will be considered.
This role offers a unique opportunity for an early-career business journalist who is interested in writing for an influential and sophisticated industry audience that already numbers in the thousands, with exposure to the Business Insider audience approaching 40 million. It’s also an opportunity to help build a service that’s redefining what a professional tech research service can be.
If interested, please email a short cover letter, two published clips or writing samples, and a resume to BI Intelligence Editorial Director Marcelo Ballvé (BIIJobs@businessinsider.com). Please include Tech Reporter in the subject line.
by Liz Hester
Ever since it came out that government agencies were relying on data from Internet companies to track people, the debate over privacy has been raging. Monday, the government announced new rules.
Matt Apuzzo and Nicole Perlroth had these details in the New York Times:
The Obama administration says it will allow Internet companies to give customers a better idea of how often the government demands their information, but will not allow companies to disclose what is being collected or how much.
The new rules — which have prompted Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook to drop their respective lawsuits before the nation’s secret surveillance court — also contain a provision that bars start-ups from revealing information about government requests for two years.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and James R. Clapper, director of national intelligence, said the new declassification rules were prompted by President Obama’s speech on intelligence reform earlier this month.
“Permitting disclosure of this aggregate data addresses an important area of concern to communications providers and the public,” Mr. Holder and Mr. Clapper said in a joint statement.
The Wall Street Journal story by Devlin Barrett and Danny Yadron pointed out that the revelations came after Edward Snowden disclosed the government’s requests:
The agreement represents another concrete consequence of the revelations about government spying by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama said the U.S. would stop storing huge amounts of phone-call data in NSA computers, though where that data would be stored has yet to be decided.
Monday’s agreement also suggests the Obama administration would rather reach compromises on such disclosures than wait to see whether courts or Congress order more far-reaching transparency measures.
The pact on disclosures focuses specifically on the government’s scrutiny of Internet traffic, and doesn’t apply to the phone-records program that also has been the subject of intense debate since Mr. Snowden’s revelations. It aims to strike a balance between the companies’ desires to say more about government searches and the government’s interest in not having the details of such requests revealed in a way that would tip off targets of investigations.
Among the biggest changes under the agreement: For the first time, companies can disclose how many court orders they receive from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a specialized tribunal for national-security matters whose decisions typically are secret.
PCWorld’s Jeremy Kirk outlined the two options companies have for reporting data under the new rules:
Companies now have two options for publicly reporting data. Under the first option, statistics on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders and National Security Letters (NSLs) can be published every six months.
For FISA requests, there must be a six-month delay between the publication date and the period covered in the report. Information about NSLs, including the number of customer accounts affected by NSLs, can be reported within ranges of 1,000, starting with 0-999. The same rule applies to FISA orders and the customer selectors, or search terms, targeted in them. There are no restrictions on reporting on criminal process inquiries.
If a company develops a new service, the government can use a “New Capability Order” exception to force the company to delay its reporting of orders for two years.
The second option lets companies report the total number of national security requests they received, including NSLs and FISA orders, within ranges of 250. That limit also applies to the total number of customer selectors targeted in FISA orders and NSLs, the letter said.
The Associated Press story by Jesse J. Holland offered this criticism of the new rules from companies and lawmakers:
“Permitting disclosure of this aggregate data addresses an important area of concern to communications providers and the public,” Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a joint statement.
The five companies welcomed the deal, but said more needs to be done. “We filed our lawsuits because we believe that the public has a right to know about the volume and types of national security requests we receive,” the companies said in a joint statement. “While this is a very positive step, we’ll continue to encourage Congress to take additional steps to address all of the reforms we believe are needed.”
Apple also released a statement. “We believe strongly that our customers have the right to understand how their personal information is being handled, and we are pleased the government has developed new rules that allow us to more accurately report law enforcement orders and national security orders in the U.S.,” the company said on its website.
Sen. Ron Wyden called it a “positive first step.” ”Though there is still a great deal of work to do, today’s announcement is good for American companies and the Americans they employ and serve,” he said.
As Wyden said, it’s a good start, but there are many more issues about the intersection of government security and personal privacy that will need to be sorted out. The debate started by Edward Snowden will continue, especially as Internet companies collect more and more personal information.
by Chris Roush
The Chicago Tribune seeks a creative, news-driven business reporter to cover the digital economy.
This beat roams wide but has Chicago as its focus, and includes in its purview start-ups, tech incubators, smart phones, social media, traditional technology companies and innovations too new and mind-blowing to be identified here.
This is not a gadget reviewing assignment; it’s a business reporting job. So it’s all about breaking news, analyzing trends and explaining the impact of technology on our readers.
As part of our award-winning team, the tech writer will toggle between writing quick pieces for the Web and reporting out sophisticated, in-depth stories.
Minimum newsroom experience: 3-5 years. To apply, please send a resume and clips to Michael Lev, associate managing editor for business, Chicago Tribune, at email@example.com
by Chris Roush
Eric Bovim writes for Salon about why we’re seeing the beginnings of another tech bubble and how financial journalists are contributing to the problem.
Bovim writes, “Many in today’s financial press are doing a fine job as present-day pasticheurs of dot-com era vanity. But why? Why their reluctance to deliver real, incisive business journalism? Why give a free ride to the Mark Zuckerbergs and Marissa Mayers of the Valley? Well, to put it simply: For these journalists, it’s simply more fun to write ‘features’ rather than do the hard work of writing hard news.
“I could, if necessary, refer to the Vogue spread on Mayer in August; the juicy bits about how she made excel sheets to document her favorite cupcake recipes, or how she slips quietly upstairs mid-party, her ‘CEO exit’; the 3-foot tall frog statues in her backyard (‘sprinkled,’ the piece goes, with Mozart concertos). Of course, Vogue could have nested this trivia within a candid portrait of Mayer’s Yahoo tenure, major accomplishments being: redesigning the corporate logo; overseeing the development of what Vogue calls ‘a gorgeous new weather App’; and the $1 billion acquisition of Tumblr — yet another Web platform without a revenue stream and a vaporous business model, which, in Yahoo’s earnings statements, was revealed to have been valued at around $750 million in goodwill. (In other words: Mayer assessed its potential value at nearly $1 billion.) Unfortunately, goodwill does not sustain jobs. Then again, bad press does not sell fashion magazines.
“I could likewise refer to Forbes’ feature on Elon Musk last spring. An ideal way to ensure that you gain entrée for future interview requests with a billionaire is to do a piece that fawns.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
New York Times business editor Dean Murphy sent out the following announcement to the staff on Tuesday:
As The Times moves to become an even more authoritative force in consumer technology, we have terrific news: Molly Wood, recently of the CBS-owned tech website CNET, is coming to Business Day as a deputy technology editor with primary responsibility for our consumer tech coverage.
In addition to helping us shape that coverage, Molly will review products, appear in videos, write a column (Tool Kit for starters) and more generally keep us at the cutting edge of consumer tech in print, on Bits, on social media – anywhere and everywhere our readers can be engaged.
Molly, who has been covering personal technology from Silicon Valley for 13 years, is a technocrat without sounding like one. “I’m the fun geek at the party,” she says. “I bring life to technology, because I’m actually passionate about it.”
Times readers got a taste of Molly’s work when she was a guest columnist last month for “State of the Art.” She wrote about the new Mac Pro, the high-end ($8,000 plus) desktop, which Apple loaned to her for the review. “For the moment, I am living the life of a tech one-percenter,” Molly wrote. Her takeaway? “In car terms, the new Mac Pro is like a Ferrari or a Maserati. It’s gorgeous, sexy and powerful, and a few rich people will probably buy one in order to go fast. But that doesn’t mean it could cut it in Formula One.”
Molly is best known as the host of “Buzz Out Loud,” a daily CNET podcast and webcast, as the executive producer and host of “Always On with Molly Wood,” a weekly half-hour review show, and as a consumer tech commentator at a blog appropriately named “Molly Rants.” She’s run a half marathon to test wearable fitness devices, jumped from a plane snapping photos from a smartphone, and tested a phone’s durability by crushing it with grapes barefoot in Napa Valley. In 2012, she was a finalist for an ASME online magazine award for her blog commentaries.
Molly got her start in journalism in her home state of Montana working for the Associated Press in the state capital, and later dabbled in sports writing during an A.P. stint in Omaha (she covered Huskers basketball and the College World Series baseball tournament). She had a short run as a magazine writer at MacHome Journal, a now-defunct monthly that focused on Apple technology, before moving to CNET, where she worked with our own Jim Kerstetter, a deputy tech editor in San Francisco.
Molly, who will also be based in San Francisco, will work closely with Jim and Farhad Manjoo, our new State of the Art columnist, as well as Joe Plambeck, our deputy tech editor in New York, and Ashwin Seshagiri, tech’s web producer. Molly starts at the end of the month.