Reporter.jpg

The Rio Grande SUN, a 7,000 paid circulation weekly in EspaƱola, New Mexico, seeks a general assignment reporter who wants to dig into stories.

This position would help fill the city beat, education and cops/courts, with other writers. As education news wanes during December and January, the position would become more of a city beat, while helping cover trials and other court business.

Our cops and courts beat offers an energetic investigator, with strong writing skills, the opportunity to follow exciting crime news in a county rife with politics and law enforcement agencies overworked, underfunded, some untrained and continually infighting. Court cases alone make this an interesting job and a great learning experience.

We have three multi-murder cases moving through district court right now that have been repeatedly delayed because of virus effects.

The city is struggling like all small municipalities. Our municipal judge was just forced to resign by the state Supreme Court and we're transitioning to an honest to gosh lawyer taking the position, the first ever.

City projects, a budget supplemented by the federal government, council politics and an upcoming election will keep a good reporter busy and interested.

We need someone who understands open records pursuits, can network inside government offices and organize coverage. The right candidate must have top-notch organizational skills, be able to cover the basic beat but also understand and report on how cases move from arrest to incarceration or a not-guilty finding.

A great place to write news, if that’s what you want to do. Please no feature writers.

Several large pay raises would come quickly in the first year to a performing person. Good compensation package including health, vacation, sick, partial dental and profit-sharing plan.

Job Type: Full-time

Send resumes and clips to rgsunedit@cybermesa.com.