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Public Safety Reporter

Cedar Rapids, IA

Job Information:

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is seeking a public safety reporter for our reporting team. Our vision for public safety coverage isn’t ambulance chasing and arrest briefs. Instead, our ideal candidate builds a beat which breaks news and provides deeper and broader perspective on public safety issues.

While you’ll be expected to cover major breaking cases, you’ll also help the audience understand trends and risks in appropriate context. Our ideal candidate also looks at crime prevention and community betterment strategies. This reporter is also the lead person focused on regional police/fire agencies, the corrections and parole/probation systems, emergency management and relevant social service agencies.

You’ll also be expected to:
  • Translate police jargon into clear and compelling writing
  • Provide coverage of major public safety issues for digital platforms on regular basis
  • Monitors regional crime reports on regular basis to identify trends and items of interest
  • Work with team members to develop alternate ways to tell stories and convey information
  • Use social media tools and crowdsourcing to identify potential sources, spot trendsand engage with our audience.
  • Can shoot and edit video and still pictures as necessary.
  • Utilize public records request
Our organization:
Our news operation is converged and is a quality-driven newsroom that combines digital and print reporting for The Gazette, Our company has a strong tradition of being independent and is employee-owned. The majority of our news team is focused on enterprise reporting, and we have a strong spirit of collaboration with other news outlets.

Qualifications & requirements:
Ideal candidate will be a flexible, self-motivated, inquisitive, creative go-getter and problem-solver who works well on a team and has excellent communication and team-building skills. Candidate must be highly organized, a confident decision-maker and committed to ongoing improvement and coaching. Juggling multiple deadlines simultaneously should be expected, and you should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. An undergraduate degree in journalism, English, communications or a related course of study is required, and ideal candidate will have two to five years’ experience. Understanding of journalism ethics and communication law is desired.

 A pre-employment drug screen is required.

Application Instructions:

Please send a brief cover letter, resume and apply online.

Posted 05/29/18

Job ID: 64445