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The Frederick News-Post seeks a public safety reporter

September 18, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The Frederick News-Post, a six-day-a-week newspaper in Frederick, Maryland, is seeking an experienced reporter to cover criminal justice.

  • Qualified candidates should have three to five years of reporting experience.
  • They will be highly motivated and resourceful enough to find story ideas.
  • They’ll work with a collaborative spirit under daily deadline pressures.
  • Must be internet/social media savvy and able to shoot photos.
  • Other skills in the areas of video, audio and data visualization are a plus; you’ll likely have a chance to use and develop them in our newsroom.
  • The public safety reporter will do a range of work: breaking news (police, fire and more); court coverage; trend and issue stories.
  • You have curiosity, determination, the desire to constantly know more, the wisdom not to assume.
  • You’re skeptical about closed meetings and annoyed when a government throws up a roadblock to public records.
  • You make the extra call, ask the extra question.
  • You dive in on a complex topic and craft a quick, tight lead in your head as news breaks.
  • We’re looking for someone motivated and curious — who will press for information that should be public and timely
  • Who will be driven to get more than just the official account on a press release
  • Who can tell stories, rather than just collecting details.
  • Experience covering law enforcement, crime and courts is preferred.
  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in Journalism, English, or a related program, is preferred.
  • Must have excellent grammar skills and knowledge of AP style. Attention to detail is essential.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and furnish current driving record with no more than two points for a period of two years, and an acceptable driving history with no suspensions.

The normal schedule is a day shift Monday to Friday, with occasional night shifts and a weekend and holiday rotation.

To apply, send a cover letter (explaining why Frederick is right for you), resume, salary requirements and work samples (particularly showing criminal justice coverage that goes beyond press releases) to Resumes submitted without a cover letter and salary requirements WILL NOT be reviewed.

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