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Colorado Sun Job Opportunities

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Political Reporter

Job overview: Colorado is a politically diverse state, and we are seeking an energetic, curious, ambitious and self-sufficient reporter to help us expand our accountability reporting on everything from the state legislature and Congress to city halls and county commissions. The ideal candidate knows how to cut through the jargon and tell compelling stories that distill complex issues for our readers.

This reporter will be based at the Colorado Capitol during the 120-day legislative session, and then expected to travel across the state to talk to local officials and voters, writing about political trends, policies and moods. When it’s election season, you’ll have to balance covering pivotal races, too.
We expect the next member of our award-winning politics team to have a nose for politics, the ability to find the policy stories that matter to Coloradans both rural and urban and all sides of the political spectrum, and the chops to tell those stories in an objective, nonpartisan manner.

We’re looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who is always willing to pitch in to help our larger team. We’re a journalism startup with lots of room to try new things or look at the job with a new perspective. So come equipped with ideas about how to make this the newsroom of your dreams.

Duties: Our reporters are expected to produce at least two stories per week, with the opportunity to report longer projects throughout the year. You’ll also contribute heavily to The Unaffiliated, our twice-a-week politics newsletter that’s become a must-read for political insiders in Colorado. As part of their coverage, our reporters chip in on other beats where necessary. Reporters also regularly contribute audio to The Daily Sun-Up, our daily podcast.

The political reporter should also be comfortable recording brief spots for podcasts and public radio appearances, speaking in front of groups, and snapping their own photos as needed.

Reporters should also have an interest in alternative story forms and be willing to experiment with different ways to tell a story.

Skills and qualifications: The ability to report thoroughly and write well is paramount. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who knows when to jump on a story and file quickly and when to step back and explain what it all means — and the ability to do both with accuracy and style. Familiarity with basic office programs, including Gmail, Google Docs, WordPress and Slack are necessary. Applicants should have cultivated a professional social media presence and experience covering breaking news. Confidence in photography, audio recording and editing, videography, data analysis and/or visualization are all pluses, as is the ability to report in Spanish or another language useful in reporting stories in Colorado.

Location: This job is based in the Denver area to cover the statehouse. Travel around the state is a must.

Salary: $60,000-80,000, depending on experience, plus benefits including access to 401(k) and health, dental and vision insurance.

References: Please provide current and former newsroom references.

Apply: Send cover letter, story links and resume to jobs@coloradosun.com

The Colorado Sun is an award-winning, online news organization created and owned by some of the state’s most experienced journalists. It produces agenda-setting local journalism that highlights the people, places and issues that make Colorado a great place to live, work and play.

The Sun is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.


General Assignment Reporter

Job overview: The Colorado Sun is committed to covering the entire state and is seeking an ambitious reporter who thrives on a diverse story list and is able to use people-centered reporting to inform storytelling. The ideal candidate will be a quick study and able to accept assignments from editors while also identifying and pursuing stories on their own. 

Duties: Reporters are expected to produce one to two enterprise pieces per week plus be chipping away at bigger projects. Everyone at The Sun may be called on in a breaking news situation. All of our reporters are expected to help on other beats as needed, which requires paying attention to all of the content we produce. 

The best candidates will also be comfortable recording brief spots for podcasts and public radio appearances, speaking in front of groups, and snapping their own photos as needed. This reporter also will be expected to contribute to The Outsider, our weekly newsletter about outdoor adventure and business, and our magazine-style Colorado Sunday newsletter.

Reporters should also have an interest in alternative story forms and be willing to experiment with different ways to tell a story in order to best connect with online readers.

Skills and Qualifications: The ability to report thoroughly and write well are paramount. The ideal candidate will be someone with 3 to 5 years of post-college experience who is able to work independently, but is also comfortable working with other reporters on projects. 

This person should be a self-starter who knows when to jump on a story and file quickly and when to step back and explain what it all means — and the ability to do both with accuracy and style. Applicants should have cultivated a professional social media presence. Familiarity with basic office programs, including Gmail, Google Docs, WordPress and Slack, is necessary. Confidence in photography, audio recording and editing, videography, data analysis and visualization are all plusses, as is the ability to interview in Spanish or another language useful in reporting stories in Colorado.

Location: This job is located in Colorado. Willingness to travel within the state is required. 

Salary: $60,000 to $80,000, depending on experience, plus benefits including access to 401(k), medical, dental and vision insurance.

References: Please provide current and former newsroom references.

Apply: Send cover letter, story links and resume to jobs@coloradosun.com

The Colorado Sun is an award-winning, online news organization created and owned by some of the state’s most experienced journalists. It produces agenda-setting local journalism that highlights the people, places and issues that make Colorado a great place to live, work and play.

The Sun is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.