USA TODAY NETWORK

Public Safety Reporter

2 weeks agoIowa City, IA

Iowa City, IA, USA • Iowa, USA Req #18750

Friday, October 1, 2021

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Public Safety Reporter

The Iowa City Press-Citizen/ press-citizen.com , part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a public safety reporter to cover the judicial system, police agencies, social service networks and health care in the Iowa City area.

A public safety reporter must be able to handle breaking news, but also spot trends and articulate ways in which all our communities can be better served by those whose job it is to provide protection and justice.

This reporter will be expected to develop enterprise and investigative work, whether snagging exclusive interviews with disaster survivors or developing sophisticated analysis of crime trends. Database skills are a plus. Crime coverage will be focused less on specific incidents and more on how crime is affecting communities and how they can combat it.

Clear, fast writing is essential, along with the ability to turn breaking news coverage into readable storytelling. Source development will be critical, among first responders, police, judges, court staff, social workers, medical professionals and community residents. Duties include writing compelling headlines and employing SEO best practices to draw in readers.

While days and hours can vary, this reporter will generally work weekday shifts.

Iowa City is a growing area with a major university, increasingly diverse population, and a vibrant arts and literature scene.

Responsibilities:

  • Research, report and produce compelling content that informs and engages readers.
  • Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
  • Produce watchdog journalism that leads to change.
  • Produce content in alternative forms that are tailored to the right platform (mobile, desktop, social media) to best reach the audience.
  • Use real-time metrics to respond to user demand and reader interest.
Requirements:
  • Bachelor's or master's in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prior professional journalism experience or significant internship experience.
  • High-level writing, communication and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on deadline.
  • Ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and publication ready.
  • Comfort with using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.
  • Understanding of reporting ethics and sourcing.
  • This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check and a motor vehicle record check & drug screen.
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Job ID: utn-18750