Food Writer

The Denver Post & MediaNews Group

Denver, Colorado

Date Posted July 18, 2022
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $19.03 - $33.28ph


Job Description

The Denver Post is seeking a reporter to cover one of the most exciting up-and-coming dining scenes in the country.

Do you know fine dining from fried chicken? Are dumplings the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning? Do tamales feature heavily in your list of hobbies? Are you just as comfortable at a five-course dinner as you are at a hole-in-the-wall or food truck? Then you might be the right person for the job of food writer for The Denver Post, the paper of record in Colorado and the voice of the Rocky Mountain empire. 

We are seeking someone with a deep knowledge of cuisine and dining and a dedication to journalistic principles to cover a food scene that produces buzzworthy news daily. That includes restaurant openings and closings, celebrity chef news, dining trends, enterprise pieces, lists and much more. The position involves writing for both our print and online outlets.


Researching, observing surroundings and conducting interviews over the telephone and in person to gather pertinent information for news stories.
Organizing information to write an accurate, clear, interesting and grammatically correct story while meeting deadlines; discussing story formulation with editors and editing or rewriting stories as necessary.
Developing sources and checking with them on a regular basis to break exclusive news; using digital tools and social media to report and promote The Denver Post material.
Understanding SEO techniques to ensure content reaches the largest online audience.
Creating and curating content for a dynamic web presence and newsletter.
Requesting appropriate photos, video and graphics to accompany stories.
Working closely with visual journalists to provide clear explanations of assignments; shooting photos and videos when necessary and transmitting them properly for digital publication.  


The job requires the ability to write a fast, accurate breaking news story for online as well as come up with feature story ideas for the weekly food cover of the print sections.  This role will also handle the food-based social media accounts and newsletter.


Identifying and executing breaking industry news quickly and accurately.
Identifying The Denver Post’s restaurant scene and content mission.
Pitching stories and working on assignments with enthusiasm, attention to detail, accuracy, grammar and style.
Focusing on creating content that serves our region.
Utilizing user data as the main - but not only - indicator of success, and distilling findings into instinct and action.
Consistently voicing new ideas and solutions that help to improve our coverage, and actively contributing to brainstorms and discussions that impact the site’s offering.
Experimenting with, adapting to and suggesting digital storytelling approaches, formats and tools that better serve our audience and team.
Completing projects assigned by manager on time and with minimal oversight; and completing other duties as assigned.


Minimum of two years of reporting and writing for a major media outlet, preferably covering food and restaurants.
College degree or equivalent experience.
A demonstrated passion for using social media to engage audiences and expand reach, especially on Facebook and Twitter; basic photo and video skills.
Self-starter who is eager to learn and develop new skills.
Strong news judgmental knowledge of digital storytelling tools, such as timelines, maps, crowdsourcing, etc; ability to effectively meet deadlines, work accurately and handle breaking news.
Works well independently and within a team; fosters a cooperative work environment.
Strong writing, grammar and AP style skills; ability to work occasional night and weekend shifts when required.


The hourly wage  for Colorado residents is $19.03 - $33.28. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, time in role, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, MediaNews Group offers a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition program, and 401K plan (all benefits are based on eligibility).