Date Posted July 09, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Local News
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time

Description:

Larson Newspapers is seeking a full-time reporter at the Cottonwood Journal Extra and The Camp Verde Journal, two weekly newspapers located in the Verde Valley of Northern Arizona, near Sedona, south of Flagstaff and two hours north of Phoenix. The position is full-time reporter, 40 hours/week total. Salary range based on experience.

Our News Department has a moderately-sized staff working for a long-time family-owned newspaper group -- Larson Newspapers -- of three papers that have covered our valley for 61 years. This is a great position for recent college graduates working their first job who want to learn the ins and outs of covering local news with a great team of supportive colleagues and editors before moving on a few years down the road or for seasoned journalists who want to cover a diverse mixture of hard news and features and covering a growing community and enjoy doing it. Our staff earns numerous individual awards and newspaper-wide awards from the Arizona Newspapers Association (now called Arizona Media Association) often including 1st, 2nd or 3rd place for "General Excellence."

Send a resume, and clips or portfolios to editor@larsonnewspapers.com, attention Managing Editor Christopher Fox Graham, subject: "Journal News Reporter". Please include at least three news stories.

Responsibilities

  • Write and report eight stories a week. Hard news, feature stories, lifestyles, profiles, arts and other general assignment and breaking news coverage across the Verde Valley and sometimes Sedona. The beat includes regular news stories in Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome and Camp Verde, and additional stories in unincorporated Rimrock, Lake Montezuma, Page Springs and Cornville and feature stories, lifestyles, profiles, arts and other general assignment and breaking news coverage across the Verde Valley. There's never a shortage of interesting stories to cover.

  • Write one additional story for The Village View (monthly) and 4 or 5 special tabs throughout the year.

  • Research local, community and regional news.

  • Ensure late-breaking news is added to website, when needed.

  • Post stories to social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). We have a very active social media presence in our communities. Our readership is very engaged on social media and our websites, redrocknews.com and journalaz.com.

Skills and Requirements

  • A journalism or English degree, or experience working at a newspaper is necessary.

  • Knowledge of Associated Press Style required.

  • We have two full-time photojournalists, but basic photography skills are a plus.

  • Social media skills preferred.

  • Critical thinking, reading and analysis.

  • Interview skills in person and over the phone, as needed.

  • Understanding of the news process.

  • Available to work on a flexible schedule. We have a newsroom in Cottonwood, but reporters can work remotely if they choose.

  • Ability to work under stressful conditions and strict deadlines. As a weekly newspaper, most stories can be written over the course of a week but occasional breaking news or major council decisions may come up.

  • Stories with regional impact may also be published in the Sedona Red Rock News and ancillary tabs as they apply. 

Reporters can live anywhere in the Verde Valley (Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Jerome or Sedona, or the unincorporated areas of Page Springs, Cornville, Rimrock, Lake Montezuma, the Village of Oak Creek, Oak Creek Canyon). Housing is limited in Sedona, but cheaper and more plentiful in Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale and the Verde Villages.

The Verde Valley and Sedona

On average, there are 275 sunny days per year in Cottonwood and about 14 total inches, mainly during the summer monsoon and over the winter, occasionally with light snow. There's great hiking in Sedona, the Black Hills and Mingus Mountain and the Verde Valley is surrounded by the Prescott and Coconino National Forests. The Verde River and its tributary Oak Creek flow through the Verde Valley, with kayaking, swimming and fishing along the Verde River. The Sedona area has some of the most popular and most photographed trails and rock formations in the Southwest if you want to impress family back home about where you live.

The Sedona International Film Festival hosts an 10-day annual festival every February with 160 films and hundreds of filmmakers and actors discussing their films. There are monthly major festivals, parades and events throughout the valley and our standalone arts section, The Scene, is distributed free, highlighting these and other events every Friday.

Tuzigoot National Monument outside Clarkdale and Montezuma Castle National Monument outside Camp Verde are pueblos built by the Sinagua people, who inhabited the region from 1100 to 1450 CE. The Yavapai-Apache Nation, a federally recognized tribe with about 1,600 enrolled members have three separate communities in the Camp Verde area and Clarkdale area and operate Cliff Castle Casino. 

Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park are located outside Sedona, Dead Horse Ranch State Park is in Clarkdale, Fort Verde State Historic Park and Rockin’ River Ranch State Park are in Camp Verde, and Jerome State Historic Park is in Jerome. 

Sedona and the Verde Valley has about 69,300 residents in five incorporated cities and surrounding areas and a median age of 50.1. Camp Verde has a unified K-12 school district with 1,500 students. The 1,200 students at Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood are fed by 440 students from Clarkdale-Jerome School District, 1,800 students from the four schools in the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District and several charter schools.

When fully staffed, our newsroom team consists of the editor, three reporters, two photojournalists and two members on our production staff. Our managing editor has 20+ years of experience as a journalist, 10+ years as the editor and has taught college classes on the First Amendment and media law. The editor, newsroom team and general manager, Kyle Larson, the third generation of the Larson family, wants to help reporters improve over their career in the Verde Valley. We write excellent investigative pieces, hard-hitting editorials, great features and cover controversies without fear or intimidation.

Former staffers have gone on to major newspapers and media outlets in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and the Phoenix area with experience they learned here. While we're a hyperlocal newspaper, we cover state stories that affect our readership and had interviews with members of Congress, senators, governors, cabinet secretaries, the vice president, candidates for office, foreign ambassadors, astronauts, national authors and international filmmakers who have come to Sedona and the Verde Valley for various reasons. We're the largest newspaper group in the Verde Valley with four to ten times more readers than our competitors, a major readership penetration, well-read websites and robust online discussion via social media with a highly educated and politically active readership.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at JournalismJobs.com.