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Business Reporter: Workplace/Retail

Post Date:Oct 12, 2017Type:Full time
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Location: United States - Washington - Seattle Job Reference:
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Business reporter: Workplace/Retail

The Seattle Times is hiring a reporter to cover workplace issues and the retail sector. The changing nature of work – the gig economy, the threat and promise of automation, the economics and politics of minimum wage and other work conditions, the growing earnings gap between young software engineers and others – these shifts are transforming the job scene in Seattle and elsewhere. Also in the throes of change are the region’s premiere retailers – Nordstrom, Starbucks, Costco, REI – and the landscape where they do business in the era of Amazon and e-commerce. Seattle is a crucible for many of these changes.


This reporter will be responsible for breaking news and writing insightful enterprise stories in both areas. The position requires robust writing and reporting skills as well as strong digital storytelling skills, and a track record of producing significant and compelling enterprise reporting about people, companies and the economy.

This is a full-time position.


Minimum Requirements:

•Five years’ experience in a comparable position.

•The ideal candidate must be skilled at working with financial documents; understanding technology and business strategy, and breaking through PR happy talk.

•Skilled at anticipating events and putting together stories that connect the dots and explain to our readers why these events are important.

•Writing abilities must be sharp and wide-ranging enough to appear regularly on A1, the Business section cover and in other forms online and in print.

•Should possess good digital storytelling skills.

•Familiar with social media and with measuring and interpreting analytics

•Should be comfortable on the other end of the microphone or camera as well, for occasional interviews on news involving the beat.

•Ability to travel.

•Must have own vehicle or other reliable transportation.

•College degree.


The Seattle Times is a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, recognized as one of the best in the country. At The Seattle Times, your work matters. We are a family-owned-and-operated company; dedicated to the community we serve. The Times is a drug-free workplace and equal opportunity employer. Learn more about our company at



To apply, submit the following materials via our online application ( later than October 31st. Please use the internet explorer browser for best results.  After completing the online application, use your back browser to return to the "Edit Profile" tab and upload your attachments.  Please note: file size limit is 4MB (4,000KB)


• Cover letter (uploaded to your application as an attachment)

• Resume (uploaded to your application as an attachment)

• Names of three references familiar with your work (with at least one reference being a former manager or supervisor)

• Five samples of your reporting work, preferably attached as a Word or PDF file. You are welcome to use URLs to link to your clips, provided the content is not behind a paywall. To do so, collect the URLs in a single Word document and upload it.


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The Seattle Times
1000 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109
United States

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