Website Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun

ASSISTANT EDITOR/REPORTER

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!). About 15 miles from Tucson.

It gets better: Veteran editor and newsroom team who want to help you improve as a reporter, writer and editor. 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. Even when canceled. We love bad actors. We write no-holds-barred opinionsLots of them. And more. We do video.

The Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun serve Southern Arizona, and we need somebody with a track record who’s willing to tackle print, online, video, photo and social media.

All candidates must have at least two years’ experience in a newsroom, showing a penchant for breaking and enterprise news, and be prepared to continue that reporting and also be the assistant editor — in charge when the editor’s gone. Please don’t apply if you don’t have two solid years as a reporter. When we have a reporter job open, we’d like to talk to you. This is more than that.

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 (over a 50 percent open rate). We also built our own social media site, NABUR, with a Google grant.

We use Blox CMS (Content Management System by Town News) for writing and posting online. Knowledge of this system is a plus but it’s easy to pick up.

Our editor is also the editorial director for our newspaper chain and travels on occasion; the assistant editor fills in. The job is about 80 percent reporter, 20 percent assistant editor. The last three assistant editors in Green Valley went on to editor roles at their own papers in our company. We’ve had two assistant editors this year — the first was recruited as an editor at the state’s largest paper, the other was on loan to one of our sister papers, fell in love with the area and transferred. We’re a training ground.

WHAT WE NEED

Experience/education: Newsroom reporting experience beyond college, at least two years. We want people with recent newsroom experience, preferably some editing. 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 value common sense. We need somebody who can come up with enterprise ideas and contribute to projects. Nights and weekend work as needed (there’s not much of this).

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 (enterprise) 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 35,000, 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; it’s a Tucson suburb but nobody really likes to say that. 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, 401(k) and a couple of extra days off per year just because. 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:  dshearer@gvnews.com

 

To apply for this job email your details to dshearer@gvnews.com