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Night Cops Reporter

Morris


Date:
07/21/2017
2017-07-212017-08-19
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Night Cops Reporter | Morris Communications Newspapers Magazines Radio Broadband

Night Cops Reporter

Covers topics related to any and all aspects of public safety.  Covers not only local breaking news, but also the news behind the story.   Responsible for making connections in the community and building a substantial base of resources. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

College degree or two years of experience in similar position, plus acquired expertise in public safety issues. 

Social media and technology savvy.

Should be familiar with photography and video editing.

Should possess strong writing skills in order to produce clear, concise and accurate copy.

Must be able to maintain composure while working quickly and delivering factual content on deadline. 

Must be capable of formulating story ideas and following through with investigation.

Must demonstrate initiative and tenacity in seeking the story.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.

Must be able to work both independently and with supervising editors.

Must be able to pick up general assignment stories outside of beat and handle briefs, listings, phone calls, records, e-mails, and other assigned routine duties while meeting the primary goals of producing local, relevant and compelling stories on the beat, on deadline.

Must have a smart phone, reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, valid auto liability insurance coverage, and be able to make frequent and often unscheduled daily trips from the newsroom to the scene of breaking news events.

 

THE DUTIES OF THE JOB ARE:

Cover breaking public safety news.

Develop and maintain sources with the various factions of the public safety community (police, emergency responders, firefighters), find out about news first, think of new angles to recurring stories, find local connections to national issues, and seek new ways to present stories.

Turn in stories, cutlines and infoboxes on time.

Arrange for art to accompany stories and make sure it is in on time.

Develop web components for stories, including video, photos and social media to be filed prior to finished print product; constantly updating stories.

Write weekly public safety briefs.

Blog about public safety issues.

Write stories as necessary or assigned for all platforms.

Contribute to special sections.

Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Working in a large department within separate work space, with considerable travel time to and from various locations.  

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