Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Legal journalism job leads

Interested in law and journalism? Consider these jobs and paid internships:
  • Miami: The Daily Business Review, a business newspaper in South Florida, is looking for a law reporter to cover state court and the business, political, and ethical issues affecting the courts.
  • Minneapolis: Thomson Reuters, an international news service and publisher, is offering a part-time, long-term internship for college students in its Legal Editorial Operations department.
  • New York: The Najdovski Law Firm, a Manhattan law firm specializing in medical malpractice litigation, seeks a part-time college or graduate student to create content for its blogs and website.
  • Raleigh: North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, a weekly legal newspaper in Raleigh, seeks a reporter to summarize appellate court opinions and write news and feature articles.
  • Springfield, Mo.: The News-Leader Media Group, a Springfield, Missouri-based news organization that creates deep local content for a daily newspaper, weekly newspapers, glossy magazines, several Web sites and a mobile site, seeks a courts reporter.
  • St. Louis: Missouri Lawyers Media, a St. Louis-based publisher of daily legal newspapers in five Missouri counties as well as a statewide weekly newspaper, seeks a managing editor to help lead a staff of 16 editors and reporters.
  • Washington, D.C.: Thomas Reuters, an international news service, seeks a writer/editor/analyst to cover business law and securities in its Washington, D.C. office.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Legal journalism jobs in U.S. & U.K.

  • U.S.: Marquette University Law School seeks a reporter for its magazine. "Investigate and report on regional, national, and international matters that have become the focus of Law School efforts in teaching, research, conferences, lectures, and public service activities," the ad states. Apply online.
  • U.K: The Lawyer, a London-based magazine covering business law, seeks a reporter to write news and features. "A legal qualification is not required, but an interest in the law as an industry, both in the UK and overseas, is crucial," the ad states. To apply, contact Editor Catrin Griffiths atcatrin.griffiths@centaur.co.uk.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Legal journalism job openings

If you're a lawyer looking for a career switch, or a journalist with an interest in the law, consider these opportunities:
  • BOSTON: Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, a Boston-based newspaper that covers legal news and court rulings in its region, seeks a reporter to cover the Massachusetts courts and legal community. E-mail resume and cover letter with salary requirements to hecampagne@gmail.com
  • NEW YORK CITY: Prospect News, which publishes daily and weekly newsletters for financial market professionals, seeks a bankruptcy court reporter. Position is based in New York City. "We’re looking for someone who can attend bankruptcy court hearings in New York, make calls on cases elsewhere in the U.S. and assist with coverage of court filings," the ad states. E-mail cover letter, resume and clips to jobs@prospectnews.com.
  • SOUTH FLORIDA: Courthouse News Service, a nationwide legal news service that law firms subscribe to, seeks a part-time reporter to cover civil courts of law in and around West Palm Beach, Florida. Job "offers competitive pay for 20-25 hours a week and some benefits are available," the ad states. E-mail a cover letter in the body of an email, and attach a resume and clips to newjob8@courthousenews.com.
Location: United States

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Paid legal journalism internship

Westlaw, an online legal research service for lawyers and legal professionals in the United States, seeks law students to produce editorial content from statutes, caselaw, secondary analytical law and legal textbooks for a variety of media platforms.

"The position requires analyzing administrative court documents and writing a concise summary," the ad states.

The paid part-time position is based in suburban Minneapolis. Apply online.

Location: Eagan, Minnesota

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Paid internship @ Vault

Vault, a leading publisher of career guide books and websites, is offering a paid editorial internship this summer in its New York office. College students are encouraged to apply.

"Intern [will] assist our editorial team with a wide range of administrative and editorial tasks," the ad states. "Successful candidates will be detail-oriented and organized; proficient in Word, Excel and online research; possess excellent writing skills; and willing to commit to 20 hours/week. Quark/Copydesk experience a plus."

Internship runs between May and August. E-mail cover letter, resume to corprecruiter@vault.com, and write "Editorial Intern" as your subject header.

Location: New York, New York

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Paid internship @ Canadian Lawyer magazine

Canadian Lawyer, a 27,500-circulation magazine that covers Canada's legal industry, is offering a paid summer internship.

"The individual will be working closely with the editorial director to research the range and impact of diversity within the legal industry," the ad states. "This position will be of interest to anyone pursuing a career in journalism or communications. The project will involve researching and communicating with law firms, analyzing information, and then working alongside an in-house writer to put together a final report for the magazine."

Position is based in Aurora, which is near Toronto. Upon completion of a three month internship, the intern will be receive a $500 honorarium. In addition, each intern will be eligible for a recognition award in the amount of $2,000.

E-mail resume and cover letter to jobs@thecartwrightgroup.com. In the subject line, put "Canadian Lawyer Editorial Internship."

Location: Aurora, Ontario, Canada

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Courts reporter @ Colorado Springs Gazette

The Colorado Springs Gazette, a 95,000 circulation daily newspaper, is seeking a reporter to cover the court beat for online and print publications.

"Responsibilities include covering criminal and civil trials, explaining the justice system from traffic citations to defense strategies, live blogging during trials for Web site and assisting other reporters with expertise of legal documents and procedures," the ad states. Colorado resident preferred.

To apply, send application to Joel Millman, Public Affairs/Public Safety Team Editor, The Gazette, 30 S. Prospect Street, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80903. Or e-mail joel.millman@gazette.com. No phone calls.

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Media law fellowship @ Harvard Law

Harvard Law School is offering a year-long paid fellowship in media law. The fellow will split time between the law school's cyber law clinic and the Citizens Media Law Project, which provides legal help to online and citizen media.

"Through collaboration with lawyers and law students in Harvard Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic, the Fellow may provide legal assistance to individuals and organizations that operate online and citizen media ventures," the ad states. "The Fellow also may assist in the supervision and mentoring of clinical students ...
While this position is full-time, the Fellow will have the opportunity to spend a limited amount of time pursuing his/her own related academic research interests and will be provided a computer work station, Internet access, and access to Harvard's extensive library system."

Applicants must have a J.D. , be admitted to a state bar and have at least three years work experience.

Apply online.

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Paid legal journalism internships in D.C.

The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), a news service that publishes news online and in print related to business and government, is offering two paid summer internships in legal journalism.

The 12-week internship is based in Washington, D.C., and for law students.

"The interns may be assigned to write headnotes summarizing court decisions, or to write news stories on court decisions," the ad states. "In addition, the interns may be assigned to write stories on administrative rulings, or cover a variety of events and write news stories on them. Other editorial work could include reviewing wire service copy for relevant information and adapting stories from other BNA publications."

By February 27, e-mail a cover letter, resume and four writing samples (preferably published news stories) to Employment Director Anthony Harris at tharris@bna.com. Fort more info, contact Harris at (703) 341-2003.

Location: Washington, DC

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Freelancers @ legal magazine

Litigation Support Today, a quarterly magazine that focuses on lawyers and litigation, seeks freelancers to write features stories.

"Features range from 1,500 to 2,500 words and are targeted to litigation support directors, managers, specialists and paralegals engaged in litigation support activity," the ad states. "Topics include cutting-edge ideas, techniques, success stories, best practices, event coverage, career advancement, and updates on new products and services."

Compensation is based on experience and negotiated on a case-by-case basis. To apply, e-mail a short paragraph outlining your credentials (no resumes) and two-to-three related writing samples/clips to editor@litsupporttoday.com. Put the word “Writer” in the subject line.

Columbia, Maryland

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Reporter @ Charlotte newspaper

The Mecklenburg Times, a twice-weekly newspaper that covers law and business in the Charlotte Area, seeks a reporter.

"Must be experienced in developing a beat, cultivating sources, breaking news, finding stories and crafting clean, readable copy," the ad states.

To apply, mail letter, resume and clips to Amy Burroughs, The Mecklenburg Times, 1611 E. 7th St., Charlotte NC 28204.

Charlotte, North Carolina

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Legal reporting jobs in NYC

Portfolio Media, a publisher of widely-read daily newsletters about legal news, has several full-time reporter openings in its Manhattan office.

Duties include: "Cover breaking news about litigation, law and policy for our daily online newspaper. Reporters will cover a wide array of practices, including employment law, environmental law, intellectual property law and securities law, in industries such as energy, financial services, health-care, media and technology. On a typical day, reporters will file three stories, including updates on court cases and other news of interest to business lawyers. All candidates would be trained to cover legal topics, and no legal degree or experience is required."

Salary is $38,000 to $48,000 plus bonus and the job comes with a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, paid time off, 401(k) and other perks.

To apply, send cover letter (embedded in e-mail) with resume (attached in Word format) to careers@portfoliomedia.com. In the subject line, put "Reporter." No phone calls.

New York, New York

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Paid internships @ legal & business newsletters

Progressive Business Publications, publisher of dozens of newsletters and books related to business or law, offers paid summer editorial internships.

Positions are based in the Philadelphia suburb of Malvern, Pa., and pay $12 per hour. Editorial interns will write headlines, news shorts, advice columns and more.

Apply online.

Malvern, Pennsylvania

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Part-time legal journalism job in New Haven

Courthouse News Service, a nationwide legal news service that law firms subscribe to, seeks a part-time reporter to cover civil courts of law in and around New Haven, Conn.

"A legal background is not required, but demonstrated interest and ability in writing or journalism is necessary," the ad states. "The job will entail going to state and federal courts in downtown New Haven five days per week to review new civil filings. About 15-20 hours per week will be required and some benefits are available."

E-mail a cover letter and resume in Word format, and attach 3-5 writing samples, to newjob6@courthousenews.com. Letters should be addressed to Editor Adam Angione.

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Cover law & politics for Chicago newspaper

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, a daily newspaper that covers Chicago and Illinois law, seeks a full-time reporter to cover the Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois legislature.

"Applicants should have 2-3 years' experience in general assignment reporting," the ad states. "Legal reporting experience preferred."

To apply, e-mail Editor Robert Yates at ryates@lbpc.com.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Media law & legal journalism opportunities

There's a lot of cross-over between law and journalism. Both professions require superior research and writing skills, critical thinking, and knowledge of government and the legal system. It's no wonder that a lot of lawyers work as journalists and many journalists have gone on to become lawyers.

For example, Fox News' Greta Van Susteren is a Georgetown Law alumnus. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick went to Stanford Law. On the flip side, former Providence Journal reporter Robert Luskin is now a prominent litigator at Patton Boggs, a prestigious Washington law firm. Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, a renowned First Amendment boutique law firm, has a staff full of journalists-turned-lawyers. (And, I've done both professions, as well.)

To assist with the crossover, I've created a Law & Journalism page that lists career and educational opportunities in media law and in legal journalism.

-Mark Grabowski

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Entry-level job @ law magazine

Euromoney Institutional Investor's Legal Media Group, which publishes magazines and guides about law, is seeking two entry-level staff writers/researchers for its New York office.

Recent college graduates are encouraged to apply. This is a temporary six-month position with potential for longer term employment. Starting annual salary is $30,000. The company's publications include International Tax Review, International Financial Law Review and others.

"The positions will involve conducting interviews with U.S. law firms, compiling extensive research, writing in-depth editorial content for various Legal Media Group publications and significant travel within the U.S. and Canada to perform such tasks," the ad states.

E-mail three published writing clips, cover letter and resume to Erin Kelechava at ekelechava[at]euromoneyny.com.

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2-month legal journalism job in Boston

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, a Boston-based newspaper that covers legal news and court rulings in its region, seeks a newspaper editor/reporter to work 20-30 hours per week for approximately two months, possibly more, starting immediately.

To apply, e-mail henriette.campagne@lawyersweekly.com.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Paid media law internships

Society of Professional Journalists offers two Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships.

One intern works in the Washington office of Baker & Hostetler, a large international law firm and the Society's legal counsel. The other intern works at the Society's headquarters in Indianapolis. The 10-week internship pays $400 per week.

Applicants must be journalism students who are entering or just completing their senior year, a graduate journalism student, or a law student with a journalism background.

Applications must be postmarked by January 5th.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Part-time legal journalism job in Albany

Courthouse News Service, a nationwide legal news service that law firms subscribe to, seeks a part-time reporter to cover civil courts of law in and around Albany, New York.

"A legal background is not required, but demonstrated interest and ability in writing or journalism is necessary," the ad states. "The job will entail going to state courts in downtown Albany and surrounding jurisdictions to review new civil filings. About 10 hours per week will be required and some benefits are available."

E-mail a cover letter and resume in Word format, and attach 3-5 writing samples, to Editor Brian Grosh at newjob2@courthousenews.com.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Paid summer internships @ The American Lawyer

The American Lawyer, a monthly 20,000-circulation law magazine, offers a summer internship for graduate and undergraduate students interested in business and legal journalism. The position is based in New York City, runs 10-12 weeks and pays $400 per week.

"Our interns receive a thorough introduction to daily Web and monthly magazine journalism, participating in all phases of the publishing process, both print and online," the editor states. "Interns will research and write stories for our industry-leading publications and Web sites. They will also fact-check the work of staff reporters."

The application deadline is February 28. Send resume, cover letter, and clips to: Alison Frankel, Deputy Editor, The American Lawyer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. Or e-mail Alison.frankel@incisivemedia.com.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Paid internships @ Student Press Law Center

If you're interested in news writing and media law, consider a paid internship at the Student Press Law Center.

SPLC, an organization dedicated to protecting high school and college press freedom, has paid internships year-round in its Washington, D.C.-area office. College students, graduate and law students and recent college graduates are eligible to apply.

"Interns research, write and help edit the Report, the Center's thrice-yearly magazine that chronicles student press law cases and controversies from around the country," according to SPLC. "Interns serve as the magazine's news staff, reporting and writing news stories. Interns also write News Flashes and analysis pieces for the Center's popular Web site. Interns have followed the efforts of state legislatures around the country to pass laws protecting high school students' free press rights and covered landmark litigation by the college and commercial media seeking access to campus crime information. Their stories have ranged from exploring the impact of school violence on students' free expression rights to antagonism between the student media and the NCAA."

Full-time spring and fall school semester interns receive a living expense stipend of $3,000 and full-time summer interns receive a stipend of $2,300 and may be eligible for a $700 scholarship from the Associated Collegiate Press. Many interns arrange to receive academic credit from their college or university with the support of the SPLC.

There is no formal application deadline, but applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the following deadlines:

Spring Internship (January - May): November 8, 2008
Summer Internship (May - August): February 1, 2009
Fall Internship (September - December): July 1, 2009

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Legal reporting fellowship for freelancers

Carnegie/Newhouse School Legal Reporting Fellowships provide up to $3,000 each, plus other benefits, for freelance journalists examining some aspect of the American legal system.

"Apply if you: Are a U.S.-based journalist, working in any medium, whose primary source of income is freelancing," the fellowship's website says. "Are reporting on, or proposing, a project of a nonpartisan nature that focuses on law, lawyers, judges, or the justice system -- locally, regionally, or nationally. Can document legitimate out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel or records acquisition, that have not been reimbursed by another party. Can assign productive research or reporting tasks to a dedicated, talented Newhouse journalism student whom we'll pay to help you throughout the 2008-09 academic year."

The deadline is September 8.

-Mark Grabowski

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

WSJ seeks law blogger

The Wall Street Journal is hiring a full-time blogger for its law blog, "widely read by lawyers and general readers alike." The blogger will also have the chance to write for the print edition and do video/multimedia/speaking engagements. Might be a good fit for journalist-turned-law student-turned-bitter corporate lawyer.

-Mark Grabowski

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