Reporter, Justice & Safety

Job Locations US-FL-Orlando
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/6/2021 5:39 PM)
Requisition ID
Editorial - Reporters
Position Type


The Orlando Sentinel is seeking a night-shift breaking news reporter to join its Justice & Safety team. This position is ideally suited to journalists who are quick-thinking and versatile, have strong news judgment and relish chasing down a story as it develops.



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You’ll need to be nimble – getting a story online in minutes, while sifting through the noise of a chaotic situation to identify reliable information – but also show the ability to dig deeper, utilizing public records, databases and sources to write compelling follow-up and enterprise stories. The successful candidate must work well on a team and on deadline. Social media skills – both for reporting and research – are required, as is a college degree. The ability to shoot and edit basic video is also expected. Spanish-language proficiency is preferred. Hours are 2:30 to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with an hour break. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits.


  • Covers breaking news after business hours in a large, competitive market.
  • Displays strong news judgment in determining which stories demand the most attention and how to pursue them.
  • Develops sources within local public safety agencies and in the community.
  • Reports and writes quickly and accurately on tight deadlines, whether working remotely or in the field.
  • Routinely identifies opportunities for enterprise reporting and follow-up stories.
  • Collaborates well with coworkers on the Justice & Safety team and throughout the newsroom.
  • Demonstrates comfort reporting on a wide array of topics, ranging from crime and policing to politics, public health, lawsuits, hazardous weather and more.





  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a related field.
  • Strong research and reporting skills, with a familiarity with public record laws preferred.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, Twitter, Facebook, Google Docs, Lexis-Nexis, PACER and other public and court record databases.
  • Examples of thoroughly reported, published work.
  • Passion for good journalism that informs readers and holds the powerful accountable.


We offer:

  • Team-oriented, collaborative and supportive work environment.
  • Competitive base salary.
  • Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance.
  • 401(k) match.
  • A generous paid time off policy.


Tribune Publishing Company is a media company rooted in award-winning journalism. Headquartered in Chicago, Tribune Publishing Company operates local media businesses in eight markets with titles including the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, Virginia’s Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot, The Morning Call of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and the Hartford Courant.


Tribune Publishing Company also operates Tribune Content Agency (TCA) and the Daily Meal.


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