Police and Courts Reporter

Roswell Daily Record, Roswell, New Mexico

Date PostedFebruary 16, 2017
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time
Salary$15,000 to $20,000

Wanted: Energetic copshop reporter

The Roswell Daily Record in southeastern New Mexico is looking for a reporter to cover police and courts in an expanded role for the newspaper. We need someone who will listen to the scanner night and day, jump and run to crime scenes, house fires and more when necessary and bring back video, photos and on-the-scene reports for posting on social media, websites and in the next day’s newspaper.

It's a demanding entry level reporter’s job that requires a willingness to go to the story rather than waiting for the story to come to you. It’s a great opportunity for the right person to launch a serious career in hard-news journalism.

This is full-time employment with benefits, including cell phone and travel allowances. The Roswell Daily Record is a morning daily (Tuesdays through Sundays) with a circulation of 10,000 — sans the extraterrestrials. Yes, Roswell is internationally famous for this newspaper’s “flying saucer” report in 1947, but this city of 50,000 is also a hub of other economic, political and cultural activity in the region. Living in and covering Roswell can be a true adventure — for the right person.

Other job duties include but are not limited to working with editors to craft news alerts and update RDR news and mobile sites, with a focus on speed and accuracy; alerting editors and reporters to changes or updates we may need to make to existing stories; and monitor and post content to our social media platforms in a voice that will engage Facebook and Twitter audiences.

We also expect our next reporter to maintain the journalistic, ethical and professional standards of the RDR; to understand what constitutes plagiarism; and to adhere to libel law. You should also know AP style.

To apply, send resume and writing samples to Tom McDonald, editor, at tmcdonald@rdrnews.com. No phone calls please.



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