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The Daily Sentinel, an award-winning, 20,000-circulation daily newspaper in western Colorado, is seeking an assistant editor and coach to inspire, support and manage its team of news reporters. This position requires a leader who is cool-headed, patient, organized and highly motivated. We’re looking for someone who establishes high standards and coaches reporters to accomplish their best work.

The successful candidate will:

  • Possess, or quickly develop, a deep understanding of the region and its issues and use that knowledge to assign and direct individual stories and reporting projects.
  • Work with reporters to brainstorm and develop story ideas our readers will relate to and want to engage with — stories that help the public understand what's happening in the community, why it's important and how it affects them.
  • Keep visual presentation in mind and be willing to collaborate with others to illustrate stories with photos, video and graphics. 
  • Be curious, listen, ask questions and show passion for journalism and its role in ensuring a free and informed society.
  • Keep a positive attitude, a calm demeanor and a good sense of humor no matter what fire needs putting out each day or who calls to complain.
  • Edit stories on deadline for clarity, accuracy, AP style and grammar within the writer’s voice. Strong reporting, writing and editing skills are imperative.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience working as a reporter. Journalists with editing or coaching experience are strongly preferred but those who have demonstrated leadership in other capacities will be considered.

Please include references from reporters you’ve coached or edited in the past as well as other professional references. Send a cover letter, resume and at least five clips — two of your own writing and three stories that you've edited — to Managing Editor Mike Wiggins at mike.wiggins@gjsentinel.com. No phone calls, please.

The position offers a competitive salary, full benefits and a 401(k) plan. Applicants must pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen.

The Daily Sentinel is located in Grand Junction, the largest city between Denver and Salt Lake City and a growing regional hub for higher education, shopping, business, health care and transportation. The area offers high quality of life with tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities, beautiful scenery, less traffic and cheaper housing than many areas of the state.

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