Date Posted February 05, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Not Specified


Ballantine Communications has an opening for a reporter to help cover Cortez and Montezuma County for The Journal. Stories can range from an economic development project involving solar energy to an unusual murder case.

Recent college graduates — ideally those with an online-first background, plus experience covering public safety, breaking news and/or feature writing for a college newspaper or internship — are highly encouraged to apply. Photography and/or videography experience is also helpful.

Please email five (5) samples of your work, including at least one breaking news story, at least one feature story and either a JPEG photo or video portfolio, to Senior Editor Trent Stephens at

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Grow audiences by delivering well-written content;
  • Perform research on different topics;
  • Analyze and interpret findings by breaking down data;
  • Beat reporting: deliver a wide range of work that covers all aspects: daily stories, profiles, news features, exclusive news and watchdog reports;
  • Uncover newsworthy stories/breaking news;
  • Interview key people (witnesses, sources etc.);
  • Write content with readers needs in mind;
  • Ensure your pieces are accurate and objective;
  • Establish contacts and sources to use in future research;
  • Maintain notes in written or electronic form;
  • Contribute to content idea generation for publication;
  • Stay up-to-date with local, national and international affairs;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or related field.
  • Previous journalism experience is preferred, but recent college graduates will be considered. Please include five (5) samples of your work.
  • Ability to meet deadlines;
  • Multimedia/social media knowledge and experience.
  • Knowledge of photography when staff photographer is not available.
  • Broadly applied software including Google products, and photography skills (video skills preferred but not required).
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Pay:  $37,000 - $45,000 annually depending on experience 

Job Type: Full-time

Ballantine Communications, Inc. is a flexible, family oriented company. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits package including medical (with option for an HSA account), dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off, company paid holidays and a 401(k). Ballantine Communications, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer.