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Job Posting: St. Louis Business Journal August 29, 2007

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NEEDED: Researcher
News Department, St. Louis Business Journal
Reports to: Research director, editor

Job summary:
Responsible for gathering all research necessary to publish accurate and
thorough Top 25 lists each week. Also responsible to provide research
for enterprise projects that require specific research expertise. As
time permits, responsible to provide research to individual reporters.

Duties:
1. Find and survey every relevant company – regardless of its size or
stature – for each list. Follow up by phone or e-mail to individual
companies and organizations that don’t respond to survey.
2. Keep accurate, thorough records of all attempts to contact any
relevant company so it’s clear that exhaustive attempts were made in
pursuit of the information necessary to make each list complete.
3. Seek out other legitimate and credible sources of information for
lists, including third-party research resources that, at least, enable
verification of information provided by companies.
4. Read the Business Journal and other relevant local publications each
week to cull for companies to add to research database and to keep track
of other changes that need to be made to the database (i.e., changes in
company executives, location, number of employees, etc.)
5. Use Web and other research tools to provide additional relevant
information to reporters for stories and design editor for art.
6. Add relevant research function to at least two staff enterprise
projects per year.
7. Meet with industry experts prior to beginning research for new lists,
to determine the most relevant information to be included.
8. Show progress each week toward goal of zero defects.
9. Maintain research database to ACBJ specifications.
10. Meet with one beat reporter each month to discuss relevancy of lists
related to his or her beat.
11. Paginate lists.
12. Participate in planning annual editorial calendar.
13. Assist with weekly fixtures.
14. Maintain confidentiality of research prior to publication.

 

Minimum job requirements:
1. Education: College degree or comparable work experience required.
Library science or research specialization preferred.
2. Experience: Some relevant research experience preferred.
3. Skills: Filemaker Pro, InDesign, persuasive phone skills, strong
organizational skills, ability to manage several significant projects at
once

Supervisory responsibilities:
None

Working conditions:
Required to meet with outside industry sources regularly.
Required to attend company-sponsored events as required by editor or
publisher.

Success factors:
Strong research skills
Strong computer skills
Web research capability
Strong organizational skills
Commitment to complete accuracy
Unflappable

Patricia Miller
Editor
St. Louis Business Journal
Old Post Office
815 Olive St.
Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63101
314-421-8326
314-621-5031
tmiller@bizjournals.com

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