WANTED: Courts Reporter – Louisville Courier-Journal

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The Louisville Courier-Journal is seeking an experienced reporter who can supply high-quality news and digital content from the courthouse and criminal justice beat. This includes an emphasis on digital content through social media and blogs, plus top-notch enterprise and watchdog journalism.

  • Write news and enterprise stories based on information gained through interviews, attendance at news events, and research.
  • Will submit articles and blogs that are accurate, complete, objective, grammatical, well-organized, interestingly written and that comply with the News Division policies.
  • Will meet deadlines and perform satisfactorily under deadline pressure.
  • Will work closely with assigning editors and follow their directions.
  • Will show initiative by developing news sources and generating story ideas.
  • Will develop expertise in area of reporting specialization.
  • Will shoot and produce video to augment stories.
  • Will incorporate social media, including tweeting, Facebook, Instagram and LlnkedIn, to broaden customer reach.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, up to date car insurance and own transportation.

EDUCATION or TRAINING:

College degree required. Journalism training with strong liberal arts and/or sciences emphasis; professional reporting experience essential.

EXPERIENCE:

Five or more years of daily newspaper reporting experience required.

KNOWLEDGE:

Experience covering a court and criminal-justice beat, as well as knowledge of legal terminology.

SKILLS:

Good language skills and the ability to work well with people essential. Typing and experience with personal computers essential. Ability to use a camera, mobile devices, video equipment and laptop essential.

SPECIFIC ABILITIES:

Must be self-starter and work well with people.

Applicants should send their information to:

Michael Trautmann
Metro Editor
The Courier Journal
525 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

Or to mtrautmann@courier-journal.com

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