Wanted: business reporter with head in clouds

The founder of this blog, Herald reporter Michelle Dunlop, left us a few weeks ago after seven years at the paper. This was a big loss for us.

Michelle came to the Herald to fill in while the previous aerospace reporter was on leave. He never returned. She mastered the beat, developed one of the most popular blogs we have and wrote the bulk of numerous special sections about aerospace. She also found time to write about other business news. But for the most part Michelle was the world’s eyes and ears at Paine Field, not to mention a key link for readers among the more than 30,000 people who work for Boeing in Everett.

Now Michelle is in search of something new, and we’re in search of someone new. We hope to replace her with a journalist who, like Michelle, knows business and airplanes — or at least someone who knows business and is eager to learn about how our readers design and build the most complicated mass-produced products in the world.

The job description is posted below. We’d appreciate it if you spread the word.

Until we find that person, I will be keeping on eye on the flight line while tending to other editing duties. I covered Boeing myself a long time ago for The Seattle Times. And I worked under contract for Boeing, during a revamp of the company’s website, for six months in 2010. I mention these in the interest of disclosure and as assurance that aerospace means a lot to us at The Herald and we intend to rededicate ourselves to its aggressive coverage.

If you have feedback or ideas, post them in the comments below or email me at ctaylor@heraldnet.com.

The Daily Herald, a division of Sound Publishing Inc, located in Everett WA, just north of Seattle, is seeking a reporter with four or five years of experience to join our energetic and award-winning newsroom.

Aviation and related industries, the Boeing Company specifically, are the biggest employers in our suburban county. The successful applicant will help us meet or exceed our reader expectations for coverage of these areas.

This job requires someone who:

  • Has an educational background that prepares him/her for journalism;
  • Can handle both breaking news and in-depth reporting;
  • Has an interest in issues relating to business, aviation and technology;
  • Demonstrates a clear, concise and informative approach to writing;
  • Understands aggregation and has a flair for posting frequent and interesting blog updates;
  • Can juggle daily and in-depth assignments without extensive oversight.

Interested? Please provide:

  • A cover letter describing your accomplishments and aspirations as a journalist;
  • A current resume;
  • Up to but no more than six examples of your best work samples;
  • Three professional references – individuals who can discuss your ability to do this job. These must arrive with your letter and resume. (We will honor your request to defer contacting a current supervisor.)

Email these materials to: hreast@soundpublishing.com

Materials will only be accepted via email. Applicants who don’t meet the requirements or requests described above will not be considered.

This position requires use of personal vehicle, a valid driver’s license and proof of current insurance.

Salary for this position depends on qualifications. This is a community daily, but not a metro newspaper. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, sick and holiday time off, and a 401K plan (currently with an employer match).

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