|Date Posted||October 14, 2020|
|Industry||Newspapers / Wires|
|Required Education||Bachelor's Degree|
First, the fun stuff: Great hiking and cycling, incredible ethnic cuisine, 300 sunny days a year (OK, a bit toasty at times) and about a half-hour drive to Mexico (don't believe the media, it's usually safe, especially when there's not a pandemic!)
It gets better: Veteran editor and newsroom team who want to help you improve as a reporter and writer. We're a local paper that covers big stories. If you're looking for that next step in your career, we're worth a look. We’re a small newsroom so you could be assigned anything from schools to features to more features to immigration. We love enterprise work that goes beyond the surface. We love parades. We love bad actors. We write no-holds-barred opinions. Lots of them. And more.
The Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun serve Southern Arizona (about 15 miles south of Tucson), and we need somebody with a track record who's willing to tackle print, online, video, photo and social media. Sure, things have been weird during COVID, but we have continued to work in the newsroom.
We cover two communities with twice weekly (Green Valley) and weekly (Sahuarita) newspapers and 24/7 web and social media coverage. We have a M-F newsletter that's funny and interesting and popular.
We use Blox CMS (Content Management System by Town News) for writing and posting online. Knowledge of this system is a plus.
WHAT WE NEED
Experience/education: Newsroom reporting experience beyond college, at least one year. That's a must, unless you were a superstar in college and can send us hard-news clips that prove it. Again, we want people with recent newsroom experience. Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field; experience with social media, video and photography; experience with Mac; strong knowledge of AP style and grammar; clean, consistent, accurate writer. We need somebody who can come up with enterprise ideas and contribute to projects. Nights and weekend work as needed.
We get a lot of resumes that include food-and-beverage clips, features and opinion. What we want to see is that you can go beyond the obvious on hard news, can come up with your own ideas and aren't satisfied writing softball stuff all day (though we do some of that and are proud of it; we love community news).
We are looking for stories that help set the agenda, that address uncomfortable issues, are relevant and meaningful, and that tell the rest of the state what we’re all about.
Our staff is experienced and enthusiastic about good journalism and serving the community through meaningful work. When fully staffed, we have three full-time reporters, an editor and content coordinator for features and special sections. We even write books. We are proud of our family-owned company.
WHERE WE LIVE
Green Valley is a retirement community of 30,000 people about 40 miles north of Mexico and 15 miles south of Tucson. We cover government and agencies, but we’re really about community: We write about people, trends and lifestyle in the context of a highly educated, involved and politically active readership. They expect a lot from their newspaper and website (gvnews.com).
Sahuarita has a median age of about 35, full of young families with great stories. The population is about the same as Green Valley, and the communities border each other. We have a growing school district and a town that has planned well for the future. It is among the fastest-growing communities in the state. Website: sahuaritasun.com.
We guarantee you’ll fall in love with the area. (If not, Tucson is within easy reach and a lot of people at the paper live there — easy drive.)
Salary: As part of Wick Communications, we offer a competitive package of pay and benefits, including medical, dental and 401(k). We are an equal opportunity employer.
Interested? Send a resume, at least five clips and a cover letter laying out what you can bring to the table to editor Dan Shearer at: firstname.lastname@example.org