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The Buffalo News seeks enterprise reporters to join a team telling the region’s biggest story: Buffalo Niagara’s economic revival. The team will relentlessly cover the forces that are shaping the future of Buffalo – and, most important, explain why it all matters. The positions include:
Technology and startups: A reporter to cover technology and startups in Western New York. Buffalo’s tech scene is growing fast – and could have an outsized impact on the region’s economy. The region has made strides to invest in startups with early-stage financing, more venture capital and the start of a more entrepreneurial culture. But there is a long way to go – and questions about whether there is enough tech talent. This reporter will cover the startup and technology scene, from the growth of the city’s first “unicorn” to the impact of a downtown technology hub created by the region’s biggest bank.
Blue economy and green energy: A reporter to cover how climate change and green energy reshape the future of Buffalo Niagara. Climate change is one of the big economic stories of the next half century. With a state-funded Tesla plant, Buffalo has a stake in solar energy. We are the country’s third largest generator of hydropower. The possibility of huge windmills in the Great Lakes is already causing conflict. And as rising sea levels and extreme weather threaten much of the country, can Buffalo position itself as a climate refuge? This reporter will cover the big questions tied to those changes: What impact will climate change have on the region’s economy and will its access to fresh water turn into new business?
Higher education: A reporter to cover the ways higher education impacts the region’s economy. Buffalo Niagara’s business future depends on brainpower. The region has a big research institution and 21 other colleges. Can they lure brilliant researchers and turn breakthroughs into new companies or industries? Can they graduate a large and talented workforce? Can the area’s colleges and universities adapt to big disruptions in higher education?
Business of Sports: A reporter who can dig into the financial operations of the region's sports companies; detail the business and real estate dealings done by players, coaches and owners; break news on the ongoing discussions over whether to build a new NFL stadium; and explain why it all matters. This is a job focused on what happens off the field. The successful candidate should be as comfortable developing a deep network of sources as combing through public records for clues about private deals, net worth and real estate transactions.
These are enterprise beats that rely on deep reporting, good sources and public documents to generate ideas. Must have a proven ability to break news, turn around in-depth and quick-hit stories on tight deadlines and juggle the demands of reaching a digital audience. Candidates should have clips that show significant enterprise and a knack for explaining why it all matters and providing the bigger context.
The Buffalo News is a daily print and online news organization with the largest staff of journalists in the region. We have a history of breaking the area's big stories and investing in the stories that matter.
We strive to hire talented and dedicated people who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. People of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.
Why Buffalo? The city has seen a resurgence that makes it an exciting time to work and live here. The region has professional sports teams, a philharmonic, a growing waterfront, Niagara Falls, beautiful hikes and ski slopes all within a short drive.
To apply, send cover letter, resume and clips to email@example.com.