Courts/Legal Affairs Reporter

July 8, 2020
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IndyStar, part of the Gannett Inc. and the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for an aggressive, intellectually curious reporter to serve local and statewide readers through compelling and important coverage of local, state and federal courts as well as legal trends and features. As a major metro and capital city, Indianapolis provides tremendous opportunities for an ambitious courts reporter. Expect to work closely with breaking news, public safety, government and investigative reporters to identify trend, enterprise and watchdog coverage. Beat discipline and organizational skills are essential in order to balance the need for depth and enterprise with the need to remain competitive on major trial and legal developments. Sophisticated and urgent content is expected across mobile, desktop, social and print.

Points of focus include:

• Identifying legal trends and finding creative ways to explain them to readers.

• Staying on top of major court cases and working with your editor to develop a strategy to prioritize and cover cases.

• Providing impactful accountability journalism on legal trends and topics, with an emphasis on coverage that reveals instances of injustice and exposes flaws and corruption.

• Producing enterprise, including issue, trend and watchdog stories, by parsing public records and documents, using data and cultivating sources.

• Breaking news quickly and accurately, using the suite of digital tools at your disposal to tell the most effective story to a wide audience.

You may be the right candidate for this job if you have a passion for telling stories, an eagerness to serve your audience in innovative ways across platforms, a hunger for breaking news, and a desire to learn from a talented group of coaches/editors and reporters in a collaborative culture.

You should be a self-starter comfortable working in multiple types of media: reporting and writing stories; shooting photos and videos with an iPhone; and using social media to build a personal brand, identify stories and serve an audience. You should be nimble and able to tailor your approach to stories to satisfy audiences viewing your work in print or on a desktop browser, mobile device or tablet.We want an ambitious reporter to produce meaningful journalism that takes time, research and effort to develop. But we also want you to cover the news, efficiently and concisely, and break stories before anyone else. As a public safety reporter, you will be called to assist with important and urgent stories off of your beat. So you need to be comfortable and effective at juggling multiple assignments.


• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience

• At least 3 years of applicable experience as a reporter/writer

• Ability to shoot and edit photos and video with an iPhone

• Proficiency on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and with messaging tools like Signal or WhatsApp

• Good time management and organizational skills

• Ability to work independently and with a team

• Adherence to AP style and journalistic ethics

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of nearly 140 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include the USA TODAY and more than 260 daily local newspaper brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, WordStream, and ThriveHive and U.K. media company Newsquest. There’s never been a better time to join our talented team. Visit to learn more about our opportunities, and visit Gannett Privacy Policy to understand our privacy policy.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status. Apply here.

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