An open and transparent legal system is vital for democracy and court reporters are the eyes and ears of the public.
NZME has been delighted to boost resources in this highly specialised discipline with the Open Justice project, funded by a grant from the Public Interest Journalism Fund administered by New Zealand on Air.
We now have a great team of Open Justice reporters based in NZME newsrooms around the country and there’s an opportunity for one more experienced reporter to join the crew, with a vacancy arising in our Christchurch office. This is a fulltime, fixed-term work until early 2024.
THE JOB INVOLVES:
-Covering a range of courts and tribunals including civil and criminal; employment and environment; human rights and immigration.
-Producing agenda-setting journalism that explains the “why” as much as the “what”
-Holding law-makers to account
-Championing the rights of everyone involved in the system
THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB WILL:
-Produce multimedia content for New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB, NZME’s five daily regional and 15 community mastheads and our programme partners Radio New Zealand, Top South Media, Maori Television and Allied Press.
-Cover stories for multiple news cycles from breaking news to features and long-term investigations.
-Have a great track record in identifying stories of significant public interest and telling them in an engaging and innovative way.
-Have a good working knowledge of ever-evolving legal issues and the ability to converse with experts in a complex field.
-Develop contacts and navigate the complexities of gathering information from the judicial system
-Be confident in arguing for reporting rights in a courtroom environment.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT:
NZME is committed to the ongoing development of journalists working in this specialised area and Open Justice staff will join a programme of training in all aspects of media law and journalism skills led by external and in-house experts.
NZME provides a safe, inclusive and diverse working environment. We are committed to developing our understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitingi and embedding them in all aspects of our work.
A copy of our Diversity Policy is here: https://www.nzme.co.nz/img/misc/NZME_Diversity%20Policy.pdf
Please apply by sending your CV, covering letter and include links to relevant work.
Applicants must have eligibility to work in New Zealand.