The Indianapolis Star/IndyStar.com has an opening for a reporter to cover housing in the Indianapolis area.
Residential real estate -- both owner-occupied and rental -- is of significant interest in Indianapolis, and the successful job candidate will understand how to build audience with a steady stream of coverage.
The Indianapolis region is among the most affordable large markets in the country -- a plus for those thinking of resettling here -- but like the rest of the country is dealing with rising mortgage rates and a limited housing supply.
A key component of the beat will include service/utility journalism -- helping readers understand and navigate the market in an easily digestible way while showcasing the most interesting homes the area has to offer.
The ideal candidate also will tell nuanced enterprise stories about real people making what’s likely to be the biggest financial decision of their lives. This is a beat that routinely produces some of the biggest enterprise at the paper.
It's also one that lends itself to experimenting with different platforms and ways to reach new audiences. The ideal candidate will be skilled in audience metrics, social media and search engine optimization. They should also have experience in source development, database reporting and the use of public records.
IndyStar looks for journalists who have intellectual curiosity, a sense of justice/purpose, passion and compassion.
- 1 year of experience in journalism. This can include internships and student newspaper work.
- Critical thinking skills.
- Knowledge of AP style.
- Planning, organizational and time management skills.
- Self-motivation and self-direction.
- Collaboration and communication skills.
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 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.