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Sports/news reporter (Montrose, Colorado)

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 14:23 -- Steven J Rottinghaus
Full time

Hours: 40 hours weekly

Nature of work
• Provides local news coverage with a focus on local 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 publicaiton; 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 th eplanning 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 communication 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 flexbile shifts.

• 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.

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