Crestone Eagle
Crestone, Colorado

Date Posted: May 3, 2022
Industry: Newspapers
Specialty: Editor / Designer
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Job Status: Part-time (3/4)
Salary: $30,000
Website: www.crestoneeagle.com

The Crestone Eagle, a newspaper serving a mountain community on the western slope of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Range in southern Colorado, is looking for an editor to lead our editorial operations, both online and in print. Crestone is a tiny former mining town that is now known internationally as a spiritual center, with many religions represented, including a Hindu temple, a Zen center, Christian churches, Tibetan Buddhist centers, and a Ziggurat.

The job will have two focus areas: The monthly print newspaper that features longer, in-depth stories, local columnists, and feature stories; and the online publication for breaking news and more timely articles. As the sole editorial staffer, the person hired must be able to not only report and write stories, but also be able to stand by their editorial decisions and communicate with the community about them. The editor also will edit copy from a large set of community freelance writers and columnists, and work with the paper’s general manager on special projects. The editor and general manager will also work toward expanding the coverage of the paper to the greater San Luis Valley community.

It’s an exciting time for the Eagle, as it is transitioning from a private owner to nonprofit ownership by Crestone Eagle Community Media (CECM). CECM has tapped into the resources available through the Colorado News Collaborative (CoLAB), a statewide media resource hub and ideas lab that works to strengthen high-quality local journalism, support civic engagement and ensure public accountability. Crestone exists in a news desert, so there’s plenty of scoops to be had on topics such as water rights, environmental sustainability, affordable housing, and health care, among many others.

At this time, the role is flexible and part-time, at what works out to about 30 hours a week. But we hope to grow our coverage area, online presence and donations so that we are able turn the role into a full-time position.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three published writing samples to Open Media Career Engine at email address: careers@openmediafoundation.org with “Crestone Eagle Editor” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Also please include contact (email and phone) information for three references. Deadline for application materials: Friday May 13.

We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, age, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, and sexual orientation to apply.

Responsibilities include:
● Generating several articles a month using the principles of fair, accurate, objective, timely and complete coverage
● Working collaboratively with staff
● Conducting interviews and research
● Engaging with the community in a professional manner
● Taking photos occasionally to complement storytelling
● Meeting deadlines

● Prior editing and reporting experience
● Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
● Bachelor’s degree in journalism a plus
● Must have a car and be willing to live in or near Crestone

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