Opelika-Auburn News

Business and Development Reporter
The Opelika-Auburn News, a division of Lee Enterprises, is seeking a savvy Business and Development Reporter to cover growth and expansion in a booming college town with vigor and eagerness. We’re looking for a journalist with experience in covering breaking news, explaining to readers why things matter to them, and mining social media for local trends and story ideas. A huge part of this job is building strong relationships with sources, including government officials, developers and contractors, bankers, small business owners, Auburn University alumni who regularly return to town for weekends, and citizens wondering what’s being planned for that vacant lot in their neighborhood. Topics of particular interest in our community include home prices and new developments, off-campus student housing and condos, openings and closings of retail stores and restaurants, the success stories of local small businesses, Auburn University building projects, and the economic importance of AU football. This position involves a wide variety of writing, including breaking news reports, explanatory writing, data journalism, narrative storytelling and investigative reporting. The ideal candidate will have a desire to write for readers instead of for sources, and a mindset that focuses on people instead of process.
12 July 2021