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Reporter/Staff Writer - Position Summary: Law Bulletin Media seeks a versatile, legal-savvy journalist for a staff writer role at the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin® newspaper and its sister magazine, Chicago Lawyer®. We’re looking for reporters with experience in a daily newspaper setting, or those with a background in B2B industry coverage or law/government/public affairs reporting. Qualified candidates will have the ability to generate story ideas, write on tight deadlines and build relationships with sources in Chicago’s legal community.
About the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Founded in 1854, CDLB is a newspaper covering Chicago’s courthouses, lawyers and law firms, bolstered by a year-round statehouse bureau in Springfield. We publish print editions Monday through Friday — hand-delivered to subscribers in downtown Chicago each afternoon — and serve a wider online audience at chicagolawbulletin.com with articles, e-editions and newsletters. Lawyers in Chicago and across Illinois rely on us to stay on top of the latest legal news, essential court information, changes in case law, pending legislation and expert analysis in specific practice areas. Our readers receive exclusive coverage of marketplace trends, events and changes for legal organizations.
Responsibilities: Ideal candidates will be able to file four or five news articles each week, balanced between breaking news, evergreen features, Q&A interviews and other projects. Reporters are also assigned on occasion to write magazine-length features for Chicago Lawyer and for CDLB’s annual Law Day magazine. Knowledge and use of social media is a plus. Accuracy, clarity and a commitment to ethical journalism is a must.
Position qualifications: At least a bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field, and at least three years of professional newspaper reporting experience. Knowledge of AP Style. Experience covering community news, including legislatures, city councils, courts and businesses.
How to apply: Applicants should send a resume, PDF writing samples and a cover letter/job statement to firstname.lastname@example.org Applications that do not include such letters and samples will not be considered.