Police & Court Reporter(s)

The Calvert Recorder/The Enterprise, Prince Frederick/California, Maryland

Date PostedMay 14, 2019
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time

Job Summary

This position is responsible for covering police, courts and fire and rescue news, as well as general assignments and photography.
Previous experience in police and court coverage is strongly preferred.


Job Functions

The successful candidate must be flexible, a self-starter, attentive to details, diplomatic, able to perform under the pressure of a deadline, and able to multi-task. This position will require a minimum of five articles per week for police and court reporting, and occasional regional articles that encompass a larger, tri-county area to be published in multiple publications. Candidates for this position should have strong writing, interviewing and interpersonal skills as well as organizational skills, and exhibit tenacity for reporting community news.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform job duties and conduct self in accordance with company core values.
  • Take effective notes and be able to draft an organized news article from them.
  • Initiate and nurture effective, professional relationships with sources in the community.

Technology Skills:      

Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Word is required. Familiarity with AP Style is preferred. Photography, social media and content management system experience is a plus.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred.


Interested candidates should forward their resume and 2-3 examples of their writing to Donnie Morgan at dmorgan@somdnews.com for immediate consideration.


The fringe benefits include Medical (split between employer and employee), Dental and Vision options (employee paid). There are three (3) company-sponsored benefits to include Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and a Term Life Insurance Policy. The company offers pay for these six (6) major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day). In addition, you accrue 3.33 hour per pay period in the first year of employment (80 hours) and increasing to 5.0 hours per pay period (120 hours) after one year of anniversary of employment. The company has the option of making a discretionary match to the 401K Retirement Plan after year’s end.

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