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Sports Business Reporter

Job ID: 6214
Job Views: 671
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Job Category: Online | New Media,Media Business Positions,Publishing
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 09.15.2021

Job Description

Crain’s Cleveland Business is seeking a highly motivated, multi-media journalist to join our editorial team as a sports business reporter working 40 hours a week.

The journalist must have a strong desire to tell in-depth, feature-length news and analysis stories that explain the trends, issues and innovations happening on the Northeast Ohio sports scene, through a business lens. This beat goes beyond play-by-play and game scores. Our audience looks to us to learn how sports business issues affect athletes, sports organizations, consumers and the regional economy. You’ll delve into transactions, marketing, attendance numbers, technology, ticketing, facility renovations, TV ratings, team economics, player stats and much more. And those are just on the spectator side of sports business. You’ll find countless other stories in Northeast Ohio beyond its major sports franchises, minor league teams and Division 1 universities – from golf and coporate partnerships to esports and gambling.  

Applicants also should be just as comfortable breaking news as writing trend-based enterprise stories.

Candidates must have exemplary reporting and writing skills on real time deadlines. They also must possess excellent people skills and collaborate with other editorial team members regularly.


  • Generate feature-length news and analysis stories as well as breaking news through independent reporting
  • Maintain strong, foundational understanding of important topics and players on the sports business beat
  • Ability to work successfully on multiple content platforms: print, online, broadcast and social media
  • Work cooperatively with other members of the Crain’s Cleveland Business staff on various special projects and reports
  • Ability to perform live interviews and/or moderation of events and forums

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years of experience in a professional newsroom
  • The ideal candidate has some knowledge of business reporting and sports
  • Demonstrate a passion for long-form explanatory journalism as well as breaking news
  • Strong interviewing, reporting and writing skills
  • A keen eye for detail and nuance with the ability to weave a narrative for feature-length stories
  • Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities
  • Self-starting and critical-thinking skills
  • An eagerness to learn new things
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly about complex issues and ideas on tight deadline
  • Experience with multiple platforms


  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly about complex issues and ideas
  • Web publishing, multimedia and social media experience
  • Interest and skills in database journalism
  • Audio and video reporting and photography experience a plus


This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay.


Brand Overview:

Entering its fourth decade of service to Northeast Ohio, Crain’s Cleveland Business is the preeminent source for news, analysis, commentary and data essential for top executives and business owners. Named Ohio’s best business publication several times, Crain’s Cleveland Business produces award-winning content online, in print, on social, podcasts, as well stages a robust collection of B-to-B events, from gala awards dinners to in-depth, topical breakfast gatherings. Its editors and reporters specialize in all major sectors of the region’s economy: real estate, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, government, law, higher education, and more. Busy executives and managers know they can rely on Crain’s to get business news that is simply not available from any other source in the regional market.

Crain Overview:

Crain Communications has been at the forefront of the publishing industry for more than a century. As a privately held company, we maintain a personal responsibility for elevating our work to be the best it can be.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities  The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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