Criminal Justice Reporter

Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, Missouri

Date PostedFebruary 21, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time

The Columbia Daily Tribune, a 14,500 circulation Monday-Sunday daily located in central Missouri, is seeking a criminal justice reporter who can coordinate coverage of local police and courts and issues affecting the criminal justice system. The reporter should be able to develop strong relationships with local government, police and court officials, defense attorneys and advocates to create stories and multimedia components that go beyond the daily arrest report — following the people, trends and issues in criminal justice — for print and web publication. Writer must also be experienced in newsroom use of social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to disseminate news, build an audience and communicate with readers and sources. Experience with video and photography is a plus.

The writer must be creative and organized with an attention to detail and have a broad range of interests. This position requires occasional night and weekend work.


A degree in journalism, English, a related field or equivalent work experience is required. Two or more years of experience in weekly or daily journalism is preferred.


Columbia has a population of about 120,000 people and is conveniently located between Kansas City and St. Louis, with each being a two-hour drive. The city serves as the economic hub of central Missouri and boasts numerous shopping, dining and nightlife options, as well as a vibrant health care sector. Columbia also serves as the home of the University of Missouri’s flagship campus and Mizzou athletics, which compete in the Southeastern Conference.


The Columbia Daily Tribune is part of Gatehouse Media, an industry leader in print and digital media. Gatehouse Media offers a competitive salary and benefits package, to include health, dental, 401(k) and paid time off. Learn more about our company at and about us at


Email a cover letter, resume, references, clips and/or links to a digital portfolio to City Editor Matt Sanders at Include “Criminal justice reporter” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Finalists will be contacted for a phone interview.

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