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By Felix Salmon
February 1, 2013

Three weeks ago, Joe Pompeo reported that “the one area still in recruitment mode”, when it comes to the brand-new Reuters website launching in March, was “the business vertical, the broad direction of which is being overseen by Ryan McCarthy and Reuters columnist Felix Salmon”.

Reuters Next, as it’s known internally, will be a ground-up reboot of Reuters.com — and Pompeo is absolutely right that we need a couple of amazing, web-native business and finance geeks to help run that section.

We’re looking for people who can write, of course: the site will need quick, clean, memorable posts on everything from central banking policy to Facebook’s latest product launch. But, even more importantly, we’re looking for people who can read. Why match when you can  link?

The vision for business section of the site is that it will be a single source for readers to find the best business news and analysis online — regardless of source. The news will come from Reuters and from the rest of the web. As for the analysis, sometimes we’ll link to it, sometimes we’ll reprint it from elsewhere, and sometimes we’ll write it ourselves. Which means that although writing is going to be a key skill for anybody on the team, we’re looking for writers of the contextualizing, value-adding sort — rather than reporters.

This property won’t look or feel like any other business section — it’ll be smarter, linkier and much more aware of the conversation. Practically, that means blending Reuters content with prominent external links, hover-and-dive blogging (which elides the distinction between a blog and a liveblog), great headlines, semi-traditional news blogging, op-eds, lots of charts, and of course a keen eye on social media in general and the ongoing Twitter conversation in particular.

If you’re interested, please send a resume and a short note to Counterparties.Reuters@gmail.com. [Also, please apply through official channels here. ] Be sure to include your Twitter handle!

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Hmm, sounds the sort of thing for some of the commenters you have – or used to have before the month’s blackout sent them away. To be honest I find some of the comments here more informative than the articles – but the articles are usually very stimulating to start with. It would be a shame if the dynamic pushed the commenters to be regular writers with quantities and deadlines – writing on a schedule is not as easy as it sounds! There is a certain freedom in only commenting…

Posted by FifthDecade | Report as abusive

Speaking of comments, please tell me you will be using a system like Disqus or LiveFyre.

Posted by KenG_CA | Report as abusive

It won’t help – the damage is done.

“My good opinion once lost is lost forever.”
(character in a novel by Jane What’s-her-name?)

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