Reporter

Ballantine Communications, Inc.   Cortez, CO   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on February 6, 2024
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Ballantine Communications has an opening for a reporter to help cover Cortez and Montezuma County for The Journal. Stories can range from an economic development project involving solar energy to an unusual murder case. Recent college graduates — ideally those with an online-first background, plus experience covering public safety, breaking news and/or feature writing for a college newspaper or internship — are highly encouraged to apply. Photography and/or videography experience is also helpful. 

Essential Responsibilities: Grow audiences by delivering well-written content; Perform research on different topics; Analyze and interpret findings by breaking down data; Beat reporting: deliver a wide range of work that covers all aspects: daily stories, profiles, news features, exclusive news and watchdog reports; Uncover newsworthy stories/breaking news; Interview key people (witnesses, sources etc.); Write content with readers needs in mind; Ensure your pieces are accurate and objective; Establish contacts and sources to use in future research; Maintain notes in written or electronic form; Contribute to content idea generation for publication; Stay up-to-date with local, national and international affairs; Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or related field. Previous journalism experience is preferred, but recent college graduates will be considered. Please include five (5) samples of your work. Ability to meet deadlines; Multimedia/social media knowledge and experience. Knowledge of photography when staff photographer is not available. Broadly applied software including Google products, and photography skills (video skills preferred but not required). English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media. Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Pay: $37,000 - $45,000 annually depending on experience

Job Type: Full-time

Ballantine Communications, Inc. is a flexible, family oriented company. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits package including medical (with option for an HSA account), dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off, company paid holidays and a 401(k).

Ballantine Communications, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer.