montrosepress The Montrose Daily Press

Position: Sports/News Reporter

Department: Editorial

Reports To: Managing Editor

Classification: Non-exempt

Hours: 40 hours weekly

Nature of Work:

  • Provides local news coverage with a focus on local school news, general assignment news and sports reporting.
  • Research and gather information to write stories of local interest from throughout Montrose County, keeping a peripheral eye on big stories from Delta, Ridgway and other nearby jurisdictions.
  • Develops story ideas for approval by managing editor.
  • May be assigned multiple beats; is expected to cultivate and maintain contacts and sources within beats.
  • Keeps supervisor apprised of story status at all times.
  • A reporter also may be asked to paginate pages and take photos or video.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide comprehensive local news and sports coverage by covering events, meetings and subjects as well as using enterprise and initiative to find important stories.
  • Writes stories for publication; posts breaking stories on website immediately.
  • Write news stories as assigned or agreed upon with editor.
  • Provides high-quality photographs and or video for publication, when necessary.
  • Cultivate and maintain excellent communications with contacts on assigned beats.
  • Develop story ideas.
  • Paginates pages as required
  • Edit copy when needed.
  • Assist in the planning of news/event coverage.
  • Other duties as outlined by supervisor.
  • May travel out of town to cover assignments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be able to travel to and from assignments.
  • Strong and accurate communications skills.
  • Excellent reporting and writing skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to use a computer proficiently.
  • Must be able to work effectively and efficiently under deadline.
  • Must have reliable vehicle with proof of automobile insurance.
  • Must have valid driver’s license with clean driving record.
  • Must work effectively with others, including news sources and peers.
  • Must be able to work flexible shifts.

Education/Experience:

  • Minimum one year experience. Will consider equivalent training or experience and/or proven academic achievement.

Computer experience required, knowledge of pagination software preferred. Photography/video ability helpful.

Work Environment:

  • This person will work in the office and in the field covering assignments.

To apply for this job email your details to rseiferd@montrosepress.com

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