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Date: Jan 31, 2019

Location: Los Angeles, CA, US, 90012

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world's population sees news from AP.


The Associated Press seeks a talented journalist to cover law enforcement and criminal justice in Southern California as a newsperson based in Los Angeles.



Reporting to the California News Editor, this reporter will focus on the activities of federal and statewide police and prosecutors in the state. The successful candidate will work closely with AP colleagues in California and across the country, aiming to consistently break news and produce distinct, deeply reported enterprise on general law enforcement, homeland security, terrorism, and cybersecurity. This journalist will be comfortable working in multiple media formats, reporting on breaking news as well as beat-driven enterprise. The successful candidate will have the ability and willingness to work any shift, including at night and on weekends, or as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.


The successful candidate will:

  • Have a demonstrated history of successful beat reporting on law enforcement, courts, jails and prisons, with a record of compelling work on deadline and the production of enterprise that is illuminating.
  • Work among a team of journalists, reporters and editors to deliver spot news and enterprise coverage of law enforcement that breaks news, has impact and is exclusive to AP.
  • Have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with the diverse team of journalists at the AP who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics.
  • Have the ability to develop stories that people will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other platforms.
  • Pursue innovative coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity.



This newsperson must have demonstrated excellence as a journalist covering a complex and challenging beat, with a deep record of delivering exclusive, enlightening and distinctive stories. Applicants must be able to consistently break news and report enterprise that offers readers and viewers an illuminating look at the working of law enforcement. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively with colleagues and peers in teams and should have at least three years of full-time experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau or regional desk.


Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English.
  • Professional competency in a language besides English is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on a complex, challenging story lines.


Application Deadline:  March 1, 2019 @ 11:59 PM EST



AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

Job Segment: Police, Cyber Security, Law, Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, Legal, Security

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