Denverite is hiring a reporter with a fast news metabolism and appreciation for those stories that just *feel* like Denverite to cover neighborhoods.
What’ll the new reporter cover?
In short, Denver’s 78 statistical neighborhoods.
Uh, that’s the whole city.
Technically, yes, true. But we want someone who will treat each neighborhood like its own living, breathing city that’s full of unique stories and people that make it the only (insert neighborhood name) in Denver.
OK, go on.
It’s a big job, but our readers crave stories about what’s happening around the corner. That’s become especially true in the pandemic. The ideal neighborhood reporter likes to pound the pavement, ask questions like “Neighborhoods: Why?,” elevate everyday heroes into profile-worthy subjects and write with a little flair. They produce story ideas approximately 10x faster than they can write them and have the stamina to publish no fewer than three stories a week. They will cover the city’s true diversity and focus on underrepresented communities (a proven history of this kind of reporting is a huge plus!). And when a story calls for it, they’ll write with voice and humor.
Denverite’s a small staff, so the new reporter should expect to write at least a newsletter a week and cover all social media pages at least once a week. And cover breaking news when no one else can do it.
The ideal candidate will:
- have experience in local news, either in Denver or somewhere else.
- generate great story ideas that aren’t at the mercy of the news cycle, but also peruse neighborhood-meeting and city council agendas in search of neighborhood-y stories.
- write with voice. Your first test will be your cover letter.
- be comfortable and familiar with covering nonwhite and LGBTQ communities.
How should you apply?
Email to email@example.com with “Reporter application” in the subject line. Include a cover letter explaining your relevant experience — bonus points if it doesn’t *sound* like a cover letter — links to your relevant work, links to your public social media accounts, your resume and three professional references.
Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary Range: $55,000-$65,000
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