Reporter- Crime and City Government

Ballantine- The Durango Herald, Durango, Colorado

Date PostedJuly 03, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
SpecialtyLocal News
Job StatusFull-time

Family-owned newspaper in spectacular Southwest Colorado seeks reporter to cover crime and city government

The Durango Herald, a family-owned daily newspaper in spectacular Southwest Colorado, seeks a digital-savvy reporter to cover crime and city government. We want a reporter to join our newsroom full of veteran journalists who have a deep commitment to community journalism.

Covering crime will go beyond incidents and court hearings, and covering city government will be beyond agendas and meetings. This position also includes writing general assignment stories, and it affords time for in-depth features and enterprise work.

The person who joins us as crime and city hall reporter will be stepping into a position that will cover a nationally-known homicide trial at the end of this year, and who will cover a government body dealing with budget challenges while working to balance sensible growth in a mountain town, and more.

We seek an experienced reporter who:

  • Has a demonstrated ability to dig behind meetings and agendas to find the backstory to issues.
  • Can dig into police and court documents to find stories as well as seek stories in programs about, solutions to and reactions to crime and crime-related topics.
  • Who does not hesitate to race to the scene, knock on doors or wait around after a court hearing to get interviews beyond what was said on the stand.
  • Is a tenacious reporter who takes initiative to develop a beat and is committed to writing engaging stories that appeal to longtime readers as much as they do a growing younger generation of readers.
  • Is a team player who can jump into the position as much as you can jump into being part of the community.
  • Can generate story ideas and leads, and contribute to the formation of editorial plans.
  • Has a passion for journalism in the digital age.
  • Can easily develop sources and build strong relationships with key people who will ensure stories resonate with readers.
  • Is digitally-minded and understands that being a digital-first newsroom is our priority.
  • Learns and understands audience metrics to know what stories resonate with readers and works with editors to realize how to leverage the information.


  • Three-plus years of experience working for a newspaper (including online-only publications). We will consider recent college graduates who have strong school media experience and internships.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent work experience, particularly if it is crime- or government-related.
  • Multimedia/social media knowledge and experience.

Ballantine Communications Inc. and its flagship publication The Durango Herald, have been committed to excellence in journalism for more than 60 years. BCI is a family-owned company with a dedication to the viability of our legacy publications with a serious, spirited, rigorous and ongoing commitment to a digital newsroom. The Durango Herald repeatedly has been honored as the best small daily in Colorado. BCI is an equal opportunity employer and offers a strong benefits package.

Durango is one of the most sought-after outdoor paradises in the country, nestled where the mountains meet the desert, with an unrivaled four-season climate. The town is home to 16,000 people who take ownership and pride in their community, with a four-year college, five breweries (and counting!), open space galore, a vibrant arts and music scene, and stellar dining and nightlife.

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