Cottonwood Journal Extra/The Camp Verde Journal

Cottonwood, Arizona

Date Posted July 19, 2022
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Local News
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Based on experience


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, south of Flagstaff and two hours north of Phoenix.

Our News Department has a moderately-sized staff working for a long-time family-owned newspaper group of three papers that have covered our valley for nearly 60 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 often including 1st, 2nd or 3rd place for "General Excellence."

A journalism degree or reporting experience working at a newspaper is necessary. Knowledge of AP Style required. Knowledge of social media posting of news content is also preferred. Our readership is very engaged on social media and our websites, and We have two full-time photojournalists, but basic photography skills are a plus. The position is full-time reporter, 40 hours/week total. Salary range based on experience.

The quota is roughly eight stories per week: Hard news, local government, water issues, environmentalism, police and fire calls, tourism, plus a few feature or news stories per month for tab publications. The beat includes regular news stories in Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome and Camp Verde, and additional stories in 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.

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

Reporters can live anywhere in the Verde Valley (Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Jerome or Sedona, or the unincorprated areas of Page Springs, Cornville, Rimrock, Lake Montezuma, the Village of Oak Creek, Oak Creek Canyon). Hiking, swimming, kayaking and outdoor recreation are big draws for residents along the Verde River and Oak Creek, as is the art scene in Sedona so there's plenty to do off hours.

Send resumes, clips and portfolios to, attention Managing Editor Christopher Fox Graham, subject: "Journal News Reporter".

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