If you are an experienced reporter who knows your “way around government, who can demonstrate a wide variety of skills, who can juggle breaking news, short-term enterprise and watchdog reporting” Bloomberg wants you for its new government initiative but you’d better move fast. Since November, the company has already hired people in six metro areas and is looking to fill six more “as quickly as we can,” Executive Editor Susan Goldberg said in a chat today.
Poynter hosted the chat and judging by the replay, Goldberg was pretty much mobbed by folks wanting jobs with the new expansion.
If you’re in Albany, Denver, Trenton, St. Paul, Raleigh or Lansing, the company is hiring now. If you’re in Washington, D.C., the company is hiring now. If you’re elsewhere, they’re not hiring right now but might be in the future–Goldberg added Madison as a wish-list place to set up a bureau.
Other things to note: many of these reporters will be hired to run one-person bureaus, so “we are looking for self-starters and people who are comfortable working alone,” Goldberg said. Others are in existing Bloomberg bureaus with other reporters. The coverage will be read by hundreds of thousands of people: it may get pushed out to 300,000 Bloomberg terminals, or over the wire service Bloomberg runs with the Washington Post. Or it may end up on the new Bloomberg Government site or in Bloomberg Businessweek.