CreditCards.com, the leading online credit card comparison website with an award-winning editorial operation, seeks an experienced journalist to be a staff reporter.
Staff reporters write stories about consumer credit, debt and related issues for a mass audience of consumers. Successful candidates will blend the traditional reporting, writing and interpreting job of a traditional journalist with the modern online storytelling techniques of the Web.
The job is full time, located in Austin, Texas, and carries full benefits. Salary is competitive and negotiable based on an applicant's experience and level of skill. A modest lump sum for relocation is available for the right candidate.
Duties and responsibilities:
Staff reporters are expected to regularly find and contribute consumer-oriented pieces on a defined aspect of credit and debt management, including credit card products, issuer practices, credit scoring, credit reporting, the economy's impact on credit practices, etc. Stories will vary in length, depth and turnaround time, but a home run for us is an in-depth piece that simultaneously breaks news, helps consumers and uses the Web to its fullest potential. Over time, we expect our reporters to develop such expertise that their comments will be sought by other writers.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
• 3 years+ experience.
• Strong reporting and writing skills, including speed, accuracy, the ability to spot trends, develop high-level sources.
• An understanding of personal finance issues, interest rates and the ability to translate them into everyday language for a consumer audience.
• Online experience at a site that uses the Web's interactivity and multimedia presentation. Candidates with print-only experience will be considered, but only those who commit to quickly master new media techniques.
• A grasp of the basics of writing search engine-friendly copy and basic HTML, CMS experience.
Bachelor's degree from a four-year university, or substantial journalism experience.
Professional certifications, awards and affiliations are highly valued.
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