Courts (Legal/Justice) Reporter

The Des Moines Register is seeking a courts reporter who develops enterprise and watchdog work on the beat, including trends, social justice issues, financial issues and coverage of noteworthy cases.

Responsibilities include staying abreast of court dockets for Polk and Dallas counties and the Iowa Supreme Court, as well as monitoring federal courts.

This reporter is expected to consistently break exclusive news, staying ahead of the competition on daily and enterprise work. Source development will be critical, cultivating contacts among judges, attorneys and court staff. The courts reporter identifies, produces and posts courts stories, photos and video quickly and accurately across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media. Clear, fast writing is essential, along with the ability to turn coverage of court proceedings into readable storytelling.

The courts reporter will use live chats, social media, video and other tools to replace or supplement traditional story forms. He or she will use metrics to understand what's resonating with readers and will shape coverage to steadily increase the audience for courts content. Duties include writing compelling headlines and employing SEO best practices to draw in readers. Database skills are a plus.

The courts reporter will work with the breaking news reporters and complete general assignments as necessary.

Candidates should have a college degree and at least two years of professional journalism experience.

Please submit clips.

About The Des Moines Register:

Register Media, a Gannett Co., Inc., and member of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is Iowa's prominent media company and a 16-time Pulitzer Prize winner. We reach readers across the state with our daily Des Moines Register editions, our award-winning DesMoinesRegister.com website and various non-daily publications. We are part of the Gannett Co. an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 100 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Register Media is committed to diversity and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer drug screen and background check.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.

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