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Art & Culture Business Reporter
Art & Culture Business Reporter
The Observer
Post Date: 30 Apr 2022


The Observer is looking for a reporter to cover the business of arts and culture. This reporter will cover the biggest institutions in the worlds of the fine and performing arts, the patrons and benefactors that fund them, and the money that flows through and around them.

We are looking for a reporter who is comfortable with the art world and will be at home interviewing directors of museums and opera companies. But the right candidate will also know how to find and read 990s, understand the Broadway theater industry, and be eager to cover arts institutions like the big businesses they are. They will also be paying sharp attention to how technology is changing art markets, from NFTs to fractional ownership to DAOs, and explain the shifting landscape to our readers.
This reporter will have a global perspective, but in keeping with the Observer’s history, they will keep a close eye on New York City’s museums, galleries, auction houses, and other cultural institutions. They at times will also be asked to pitch in to cover other breaking news as it breaks in New York City. This reporter should be flexible and comfortable juggling different sorts of stories and assignments.

Ideally this reporter will have:

  • At least two years of experience reporting about arts, business or have related experience
  • A facility with writing both breaking news and longer enterprise stories
  • Fluid and authoritative writing
  • The ability to develop sources and break news
  • A comfort with data and experience building their own charts
  • An eagerness to find and pitch story ideas daily
  • Interest in contributing to or writing a newsletter 
  • High journalistic standards, attention to detail, and the skeptical heart of a fact-checker.

About Observer

Formerly the New York Observer, the Observer has a rich history covering money, power and culture. Now under new ownership and management, the Observer is undergoing an ambitious relaunch that includes rebuilding its website and refocusing its coverage to be the essential source of news, data and insight about the powerful forces that shape our world.

Observer Media is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Observer Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics.


New York, USA

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