City Government Reporter

Marin Independent Journal

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$19 /h
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Boulder, CO

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

The Longmont (Colo.) Times-Call newspaper is looking for an experienced journalist who specializes in city government to serve as Longmont city beat reporter. This reporter covers Longmont City Council meetings and other city government matters; and follows town boards and stories of broad interest in area communities.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned journalist with a minimum of three years of experience as a city government reporter, is a master of AP style, and is capable of cultivating a strong audience, both online and in the community. The ideal candidate is a strong storyteller who can quickly grasp the meaning of government jargon and the importance of a council decision or a discussion on the dais, then turn around accurate, easy-to-understand news articles with the public’s interest in mind. The ideal candidate will develop a social media presence as the go-to person for news about Longmont’s council and government, both in daily and enterprise story format. Candidates should be well-versed in search-engine optimization and will be able to cultivate fresh ideas to bring to the Times-Call and its sister newspapers.


  • Degree in journalism, communication or equivalent experience.

  • Relevant experience in news reporting and writing, using social media, creating enterprising content.

  • Ability to work well under deadline pressure.

  • Understanding of emerging and existing platforms, including web, mobile and print.

  • Readiness to hit the ground running, and to contribute to a positive culture of teamwork and collaboration.

Additional information

  • Must be flexible to work weekends and holidays on a rotational basis as well as odd hours if necessary/news requires (City Council meets on Tuesday evenings)

  • Must live in area or be willing to relocate (no relocation assistance offered)

Company description

Prairie Mountain Media is a publishing company with a multimedia portfolio of print, niche and digital products. We house an extensive, integrated network of trusted local brands that deliver exclusive local news and attract local audiences throughout the state of Colorado, including the Akron, Boulder, Broomfield, Brush, Cañon City/Royal Gorge Region, Colorado Springs, Erie, Estes Park, Fort Morgan, Julesburg, Lafayette, Lamar, Longmont, Louisville, Loveland, Pueblo, Sterling and Superior markets.

Our 15 newspaper brands have served their respective communities for more than 100 years. They deliver more than 1.26 million print and 12 million digital impressions every month and show proven results for advertisers large and small. We can extend your reach near and far with our sizable network of websites and partnerships with national powerhouses Digital First Media and Adtaxi. Our full range of digital advertising solutions also includes social, e-mail, search engine marketing and search engine optimization along with geo and behavioral targeting and re-targeting platforms.

Prairie Mountain Media delivers the best of Colorado, serving high-value audiences and connecting advertisers to them. Our award-winning coverage and numerous content delivery options endear us to an ever-growing number of readers. Our in-demand multimedia products and personalized marketing services form a powerful communications tool for our clients.

The hourly wage for Colorado residents is $19.00/hr. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, time in role, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, MediaNews Group offers a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition program, and 401K plan (all benefits are based on eligibility).