Public Safety Reporter

Lee Enterprises Inc   St Louis, MO   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on March 16, 2024
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Public safety reporter

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is looking for an aggressive, enterprising reporter to join our public safety team. We want a reporter who is adept at quickly filing a breaking news story but is also able to spot the big picture and the deeper narratives. The beat will focus heavily on coverage of local courts. But we want you to cover public safety and courts as a wide-ranging beat - one that offers a unique look at all aspects of our region.

This isn't a job to simply sit in a courtroom and document events. This is a chance for a strong writer to tell unique tales discovered through the window of criminal and civil litigation in our diverse region.

We want stories about legal issues affecting businesses, higher education institutions and local leaders. We want you to bird-dog public officials and hold the legal system accountable. We want you to take readers behind the curtain and tell the stories of high-profile legal disputes, dogged detectives and unfairly accused defendants. And we want someone who can work across all of our digital platforms and understands the need to experiment with new story forms.

Two to four years of experience in a professional news organization is a plus.

Please attach 6-8 writing samples.

Why Join Us?

Lee Enterprises offers competitive wages in a dynamic, interesting work environment with career growth opportunities. We offer an extensive benefit program that can be personalized to your needs. Our benefit program includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, company provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off to allow the flexibility to balance personal life and work. This includes paid parental leave for new parents.

Lee Enterprises is a major subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 73 markets in 26 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have an average daily circulation of 1.0 million, and our legacy websites, including acquisitions, reach more than 33 million digital unique visitors.

Lee Enterprises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting and retaining a workforce whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. Lee embraces change, and we recognize that we must create and maintain a culture of fervent inclusion. For more information about Lee, check us out at

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply.