Growth and development reporter, commercial

Indianapolis Star
March 18, 2024
Indianapolis, United States
Job Type


IndyStar is seeking an audience-focused commercial growth and development reporter. This reporter will write about retail and other businesses entering and leaving central Indiana, as well as the labor/job market.

IndyStar is winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, including in 2021 for national reporting. We recently received a $2 million investment from our parent company, Gannett, to turbocharge local journalism in Central Indiana. You’ll work with and learn from some of journalism’s best while living in a vibrant and diverse city in the heart of the Midwest.

The growth and development reporter will produce a steady diet of dailies along with enterprise, using analytics to track what information Indiana residents want and need. As Indianapolis is a competitive journalism market, a successful reporter must bring a sense of urgency to their work and a desire to break news first and produce stories not available elsewhere.

Our town may be competitive, but our newsroom is collaborative. This reporter can expect to work with colleagues on a range of beats, particularly the residential growth and development, city hall and community reporters.

Every IndyStar reporter is expected to seek out and represent diverse racial, ethnic, and economic perspectives in their work.

Our mission is clear: IndyStar informs, empowers and inspires the people of Central Indiana with our journalism. We deliver journalism that is essential to the communities we serve with urgency. We are a people-centered newsroom that’s obsessed with thoughtful experimentation and developing our next generation of industry leaders.

If you’re up to the challenge of moving us forward, read on for job requirements and information on how to share your qualifications and best work.

Key responsibilities:

  • Covering breaking news about commercial growth and development in central Indiana, including retail openings and closings and jobs coming or leaving the area
  • Identifying and writing enterprise and trend stories about growth, development and retail in central Indiana
  • Painting a portrait of Indiana’s ever-changing business and economic landscape


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least two years of professional journalism experience.
  • An entrepreneurial approach to growing audience and a dedicated following.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to take photos and record video/audio in the field.
  • Solid news judgment that’s guided by experience with audience metrics
  • Strong sense of journalism ethics and grounding in basics of media law.
  • Commitment to reporting with fairness, compassion and sensitivity.
  • Command of AP style and dedication to accuracy.
  • Must be able to work occasional nights and weekends.

Expected pay range:

The salary range is $48,000-$65,000, commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single PDF document file that includes the following, in this order:

  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

Apply here.


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