The Information is a subscription-only publication dedicated to entirely original reporting on technology and its impact across industries. After nearly four years of operation, we’re making money and have a staff of 26 in San Francisco, New York and Hong Kong. Now we’re planning a multimillion-dollar investment to significantly expand our coverage into several new industries, including entertainment, fintech and crypto currencies, energy tech and biotech.
We’re looking for about a dozen additional reporters and an additional editor. We’re planning to open an office in Los Angeles for a team of entertainment reporters, to expand our New York office for a team of financial technology reporters and to hire reporters in Washington, D.C., to cover the regulatory and political worlds. Other positions could be in any location, depending on the candidate and the requirements of the role.
If you’re tired of rewriting press releases and want to set the agenda for coverage of these industries, The Information is for you. We don’t publish commodity news—just original reporting that can’t be found elsewhere. That means our reporters have the time to do in-depth stories that can make an impact, such as our exposure of venture capitalist Justin Caldbeck’s sexual harassment of female entrepreneurs, which triggered a cascade of stories about sexual harassment in Silicon Valley.
For all these positions, we want people who can both break news and write in-depth features.
We have excellent benefits, including company-paid health coverage for employees and their dependents, a generous parental leave policy for new parents, a 401(k) program, three weeks of paid leave every year to start, a gym and fitness stipend and a highly professional, inclusive, diverse workplace.
If you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the jobs (and check back for more in coming months):
Hollywood: Reporting on the film and television industries today is as much about what Netflix, Apple and Amazon are up to as it is about the traditional Hollywood studios. That creates huge opportunities for stories about how the industry is evolving and how both old and new are adapting. Our focus is on the business of the movie and television industries: how traditional studios are adapting to new forms of distribution and how new players are making their mark. We’re looking to build a team of reporters to write those stories, from both the television and the film side. Candidates should have experience covering entertainment.
Fintech/Cryptocurrency: Technology and finance have a lot in common. They are both opaque, confusing, misunderstood and the lifeblood of business. Increasingly they are converging, causing massive disruption to the financial system. We’re looking to hire reporters to write must-read stories about the growing number of companies at the intersection of finance and tech, from payment and blockchain startups to companies with new approaches to algorithmic trading and wealth management. We also want to track the role that the big consumer platforms (Apple, Google, Facebook, Paypal) play in the payments system. How will banking change? What happens to credit? What happens to business models? What happens to the economy? How do markets react?
Telecom/media beat: As AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner and Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo and AOL demonstrate, the telecom-media industries have converged. And more upheaval is on the horizon. Verizon and AT&T are both losing subscribers to a rejuvenated T-Mobile, while cable operators Comcast and Charter have teamed up on wireless. Meanwhile, 5G technology is being tested by major carriers, opening up more opportunities in the Internet of Things devices. The Information’s telecom-media reporter will be responsible for both breaking news and writing in-depth features on these fast-developing industries. Candidates should have experience in covering either telecom or media.
Facebook/Alphabet: More than any other companies, Facebook and Alphabet are changing the face of the internet. From driving advances in artificial intelligence to cornering the market for digital advertising, the two are the most important companies in Silicon Valley. They also have become a lightning rod for criticism from politicians and others concerned about tech’s dominance of everyday life. The Information is looking for an enterprising reporter to join our team and cover the two companies. Both companies have their tentacles in a variety of industries aside from their core businesses, ranging from self-driving cars to messaging services to video, health care and the future of cities. This will be a crucial job in years to come as the question increasingly is asked: Are Facebook and Alphabet too powerful?
Asia: China, India and South East Asia rival the U.S. for the number of unicorns and new tech innovation. Chinese domestic giants like Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu are locked in grueling battle at home while also expanding overseas. Meanwhile, foreign multinationals like Google and Facebook keep looking for ways into China even as they compete with them in new markets like India, and South East Asia where homegrown rivals Grab and Flipkart raise billions of dollars. The Information is looking for a reporter to join our expanding Asia team, based in Hong Kong. We need a reporter who can deliver deeply sourced exclusives on corporate strategy, agenda-setting trend pieces as well as scoops on the mega funding rounds.
Enterprise: As part of our expanded focus on enterprise technology, The Information is looking for a reporter to cover enterprise software firms, ranging from Salesforce to Oracle to Dropbox and Slack. Subscription software firms in recent years have transformed the market for business-oriented software, forcing everyone from Microsoft to Oracle to adapt. The emergence of startups focused on cloud services promises continuing change. The successful candidate will have experience covering technology, both in breaking news and in-depth features.
Regulatory/Politics/Policy: Regulatory pressures have been a fact of life for big tech giants for decades, but this year has seen a political backlash against big tech. Partly that reflects the role some tech firms played in the 2016 election and partly it is due to the disruption all the companies have caused across industries. The Information is looking for reporters to cover the intersection of tech and politics. We want to get inside the tech companies’ policy teams, and stay ahead of legislative and regulatory moves affecting big tech firms. Successful candidates need experience covering Congress or regulators.
Energy tech: Tech is disrupting most industries, but one of the least understood is the impact on the energy industry. For starters, there is Tesla, which is proving that investors have an enormous appetite for companies in the renewable energy business. The rise of batteries produced by Tesla will make it easier for consumers to reduce purchases of power from utilities. At the same time, smart technologies are making it possible for businesses and homes to better manage their electricity use. Nuclear startups are drawing large amounts of funding, despite uncertainty about their business models. We’re looking for a reporter with experience covering energy industries to join The Information to write about the intersection of tech and energy.
Biotech/Healthcare: Big tech is remaking the biotech and healthcare industries. Alphabet has several firms investing in ways to cure disease, while the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative also is investing in biotech. Former employees of both Google and Facebook have started more than 20 new firms looking at everything from new ways to cure cancer to improving the experience of going to the doctor. We are looking for a reporter interested in covering significant science breakthroughs, the role big data is playing in developing drugs and the privacy implications of new technologies. The successful candidate will have experience breaking news and writing in-depth features, preferably in the biotech or healthcare industries.
Editing: As we grow our reporting team, The Information needs more editors. We’re looking for a news editor to handle editing of both news and feature stories, overseeing the final stages of stories through to publication and helping conceptualize future stories in conjunction with reporters and other editors. Additional duties could include assisting with publication of daily and weekly newsletters. The successful candidate will have five to 10 years’ editing experience at a major news publication, preferably one covering business and the technology industry. This position is based in San Francisco.