Public safety reporter, evenings

Indianapolis Star
March 19, 2024
Indianapolis, United States
Job Type


IndyStar is seeking a competitive reporter who understands the value of breaking news then turning to a people-first approach to telling the full story of how that news affects them. If you value making journalism more diverse, equitable and inclusive, and are passionate about flexing your reporting and writing muscle, this is the role for you.

The newsroom is the winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, including in 2021 for national reporting. We recently received a $2 million investment from our parent company, Gannett, to turbocharge local journalism in Central Indiana. You’ll work with and learn from some of journalism’s best while living in a vibrant and diverse city in the heart of the Midwest.

Breaking news reporters are part of a broader public safety team that covers criminal justice from all angles. This is shoe leather, knock and talk, interview more than authorities reporting. It’s examining all the reasons behind the city’s crime through the lens of the people living it day-to-day.

Our mission is clear: IndyStar informs, empowers and inspires the people of Central Indiana with our journalism. We deliver journalism that is essential to the communities we serve with urgency. We are a people-centered newsroom that’s obsessed with thoughtful experimentation and developing our next generation of industry leaders.

If you’re up to the challenge of moving us forward, read on for job requirements and information on how to share your qualifications and best work.

Key responsibilities:

  • Becomes more trusted and more reflective of the affected communities through inclusion of neighborhood voices and authenticity in storytelling.
  • Tells the personal stories of those impacted by crime.
  • Highlights neighborhood efforts to address crime and its impact.
  • Be able to juggle daily, short-term enterprise and long-term enterprise stories.


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least two years of professional journalism experience.
  • An entrepreneurial approach to growing audience and a dedicated following.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to take photos and record video/audio in the field.
  • Solid news judgment that’s guided by experience with audience metrics.
  • Strong sense of journalism ethics and grounding in basics of media law.
  • Commitment to reporting with fairness, compassion and sensitivity.
  • Command of AP style and dedication to accuracy.

Expected pay range:

The anticipated pay range for this full-time hourly position is $48,000-$60,000 a year. The role is an afternoon/evening shift and may rarely require weekend work.

How to apply:

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single PDF document file that includes the following, in this order:

  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

Apply here.

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