Mississippi Today

Economy and Jobs Reporter
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is the lifeblood of the state’s economy. From the aerospace industry in Hancock County to casino gaming in Harrison County to shipbuilding and oil in Jackson County, what happens on the Coast shapes the economic future of Mississippi. And, of course, Coast tourism remains one of Mississippi’s most effective ways to attract out-of-state dollars.

If you are a journalist with a deep curiosity about economic development, small business viability and job growth in Mississippi — from the sociological and political factors that shape job attainment and creation to the influence of public policy on Main Street — you might be the reporter Mississippi Today seeks to create a new beat.

The Economy and Jobs Reporter, who will live and work on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, will report and write both longform and short stories about Mississippi’s business climate, including policies and regulations that impact Mississippi jobs, economic development and entrepreneurship. This position will explore the impact of the broadband and digital gap on rural businesses in Mississippi, and what the future of work looks like to communities across our state. Using an equity and inclusion lens, the Economy and Jobs Reporter will report on what roles both federal and state government are taking to support women and minority-owned business, and how effective these efforts are for economic recovery in a COVID climate.

The Economy and Jobs Reporter will produce stories that support Mississippi Today’s vision and mission, which is to hold elected officials accountable and inform citizens about how the decisions made by the state’s powerful affect their lives.

This reporter’s work will likely be co-published and produced in partnerships with newsrooms both in Mississippi and part of a wider network.
6 January 2021