Colorado Community Media seeks a general assignment reporter who can do it all. If you can write strong news stories and compelling features, take solid photographs and are comfortable using digital tools, then you might be a good fit for our newsroom. A passion for community journalism, inspired storytelling and public service is essential for a successful candidate. Self-motivation and excellent time-management skills are a must. We are a group of weekly newspapers, but we operate with a daily mindset, so you must be proficient under pressure and apt at meeting deadlines. This full-time position is primarily remote but you can work out of our Englewood office. The beat will include field work in and around Golden. Candidates familiar with the Golden and Jefferson County/west Denver area are preferred.
The position is for a full-time general assignment reporter who will cover the city of Golden and occasionally cover stories of interest to the wider Jefferson County community.
The reporter would be expected to generate a weekly coverage plan for their community and then produce roughly six stories for each edition. The reporter works with an editor to refine their weekly story list and then report on and photograph those stories. Common story topics in a week would include meeting coverage and analysis from community boards and organizations, coverage and photos from significant community events, breaking news reporting, culture features, business features and longer-term investigative story work.
The reporter would be required to learn the company's content management systems, help with updating the associated websites and help post stories to the publication's social media accounts. The reporter should be comfortable working in a variety of locations – in the field, from home and in the office. The reporter would report directly to the West Metro Editor for Colorado Community Media and work collaboratively with the rest of the West metro team of reporters.
We’re committed to building an inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
Pay range for this position is $15-17 per hour. Benefits include health and dental, as well as holiday, vacation and sick pay. A bachelor’s degree in journalism or mass communications is preferred, but not required. Two years of experience at a daily or weekly community newspaper is preferred, but talented recent graduates will be considered.
The position would rarely involve overtime, though night and weekend working hours are common. However, the position offers day-to-day flexibility in work hours.
ABOUT COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA
CCM is a network of 27 weekly and monthly newspapers in Colorado, spread across much of the Front Range, and counties including Adams, Arapahoe, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson and Weld. The family of papers includes publications with more than 100 years of history serving these communities. In May 2021 the company was bought by the Colorado News Conservancy, with The Colorado Sun as an operating partner.
The Colorado News Conservancy purchased Colorado Community Media with a vision of transforming the beloved papers into a 21st Century, best-in-class community media organization, focused on delivering expert service journalism and deep community reporting in print and online.
This job was posted on behalf of Colorado Community Media by the Open Media Foundation.