Policing in Arizona Reporter

Arizona, USA ● Phoenix, AZ, USA Req #15051
Sunday, April 11, 2021

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Policing in Arizona Reporter


The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com, a 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a Policing in Arizona Reporter to join it’s newsroom. The critical re-examination of law enforcement practices that began after George Floyd’s death is under way in Arizona, a state that has seen a disproportionate number of deaths at the hands of police.


Many of those deaths were of people of color. We are seeking a reporter for a beat that explores policing and criminal-justice issues: how law enforcement agencies use and abuse their authority, disparities in treatment, systemic injustices and efforts at reform.


The beat will prioritize the public safety concerns of everyday people, particularly Black, Latino and Native Americans who have been historically vulnerable to police violence. Another priority will be examining how law enforcement officials and elected leaders address the problems that already have been well documented here. The successful applicant will have experience in covering law enforcement; an ability to earn the trust of police leaders, officers and the residents they police; deep knowledge of public records and datasets; and a determination to provide reporting that champions and critics of law enforcement alike recognize as comprehensive, sophisticated and fair.


The reporter must work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment and always demonstrate an awareness of and adherence to the highest journalistic ethical standards.




  • Develops exclusive content that is complete, authoritative, interesting and shareable – and always people-focused.
  • Uses source development, data and document reporting and strategic thinking to identify key issues.
  • Offers independent, innovative thinking in shaping coverage of those issues.
  • Follows disciplined approach to deliver high-impact work on multiple platforms, often juggling multiple assignments.
  • Uses metrics to gauge audience interests and works to develop coverage plans to better satisfy audience needs.
  • Places a priority on data analysis to identify trends that would otherwise go unreported.
  • Strategizes and executes distribution and optimization plans for all content.
  • Demonstrates clear concise writing skills with strong nut graphs and “why this is important to me” content.
  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
  • Develops trusted reputation in niche coverage area.




  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in journalism or data-related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of three years of reporting experience.
  • Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
  • Strong command of AP grammar and style.
  • Ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
  • Comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.
  • Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
  • This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check and a motor vehicle record check & drug screen (for driving roles only).     


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 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 5-10 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.



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Other details

  • Job Family Frontline Journalists
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education Equivalent Experience
  • Arizona, USA
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA