Since I was hired as an editor at Larson Newspapers in 2004, I’ve worked with incredible journalists, photojournalists, editors, and composers.
Since becoming editor in 2013, I can say that I have personally hired and worked with some of the best people in small town journalism who have served you, our readers and our residents, with distinction.
Over the years, we’ve won hundreds of individual and newspaper-wide awards from the Arizona Newspapers Association for photography, investigative reporting, sports coverage, editorial, news coverage, design and layout of pages or by serving our community through smart advertisements, easy-to-read classified ads, effective and informative websites or simply General Excellence, the highest honor in our field.
Many of the young reporters we hired who were just starting their journalism careers worked with us for many years before proving themselves and using their experience here to go on to publications like the Texarkana Gazette, Portland Tribune, Albuquerque Journal, San Jose Mercury News, Salt Lake City Tribune and The New York Times, to run their own newspapers in Wickenburg and northern California, or to teach in schools and at Ohio State University. Most of these journalists and photographers have stayed in touch over the years throughout their careers. I’m glad to know that the skills they learned here serve other readers elsewhere.
Whenever we are faced with the impending loss of a reporter, editor or photojournalist, we advertise the position locally and on Journalism jobs sitetypically garnering dozens of applications from potential staff members who want to come work for us, live in Sedona, make our community theirs, and report accordingly.
To be frank, the high cost of rentals in Sedona, which has spread to other parts of the Verde Valley, has made it difficult to hire staff, especially since short-term rentals have been legalized statewide in 2016, emptying our housing stock.
The salaries with which journalists could afford a comfortable apartment or half a two-bedroom house simply cannot afford rentals that have doubled or tripled in cost due to short-term rentals that have inflated the market.
Competition for an extremely limited number of rentals has meant potential employees since 2016 have found it increasingly difficult to live here once they have taken up a job. Even ex-staff members have said that once they moved out of an apartment or house, their previous landlords dramatically increased the rent for the same property because they knew someone else would pay the rent. highest rate. Such is the market in a capitalist state.
For 13 years before I met my future wife, I also lived with roommates in four different Sedona homes, two of which are now vacation rentals – [technically my toddler and twin babies are roommates now too, but these cute slackers don’t pay my wife and me a dime in rent].
Housing difficulties were coupled with the so-called Great Resignation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A large number of late-career workers, including journalists, have retired prematurely from their industry. By opting for early retirement or moving to other industries, young employees and new college graduates who occupied the lower levels rose to these positions in newspapers, radio stations, magazines, TV stations and other media across the country, exhausting the pool of available candidates.
Similarly, many journalism college graduates have found new positions in other unrelated fields due to the departure of workers from their industry.
All of this creates a very difficult environment to try to hire new employees to replace those who have left us. The candidates are few and far between. Other newspaper editors and media station managers I’ve contacted in Arizona for various reasons are all facing similar shortages. Some don’t have the support staff in other departments that I have here and for which I am always grateful.
While other industries may have new employees working remotely, that’s just not feasible in small town journalism. Reporting typically requires staff members to be on hand to speak to people in person, attend meetings, pick up documents and shake hands or hear whispers and follow leads.
So with these difficulties, dear readers, we ask for your help in finding new journalists to fill some of our vacancies. If you have a degree in journalism, English or writing, or if you have experience as a journalist or know someone who does, contact us and send us a CV.
If you can offer a house, apartment or room for new rental at a reasonable price, call me.
We can and will continue to publish award-winning content even if we’re a bit short-staffed for a while – our current staff are some of the best journalists and photojournalists in the industry; we wouldn’t hire any less, but please help us serve you and pass our information on to anyone who might be interested.
Christopher Fox Graham
|date posted||September 01, 2022|
|Industry||Newspapers / Yarns|
|Job Status||Full time|
Larson Newspapers is seeking a full-time reporter for the Sedona Red Rock News, a bi-weekly newspaper located in the Verde Valley in northern Arizona, south of Flagstaff.
Our news department has a medium-sized staff working for a long-standing family newspaper group consisting of three newspapers that have covered our valley for almost 60 years. This is a great position for recent college grads working for their first job who want to learn the ins and outs of local news coverage with a great team of colleagues and editors before move on a few years later or for seasoned journalists who want to cover a diverse mix of news and features and cover a growing community and have fun doing it. Our staff win numerous individual and newspaper-wide awards from the Arizona Newspaper Association, often including 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place for “Overall Excellence.”
A degree in journalism or experience reporting in a newspaper is required. Knowledge of AP style required. Familiarity with posting news content on social media is also preferred. Our readership is very engaged on social networks and our websites, journalaz.com and redrocknews.com. We have two full-time photojournalists, but basic photography skills are a plus. The position is a full-time journalist, 40 hours/week in total. Salary scale according to experience.
The position is a full-time journalist, 40 hours/week in total. The pacing is approximately eight stories per week: hard news, local government, police/fire, travel and business, reporting, lifestyles, profiles, arts and other general assignments and breaking news coverage in Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon and the Village of Oak Ruisseau. For monthly tabbed publications, one or two stories or reports from across the Verde Valley.
Stories with regional impact may also be published in The Camp Verde Journal, Cottonwood Journal Extra, and auxiliary tabs where available. Our other newspapers also cover Cottonwood and Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Jerome, Rimrock, Lake Montezuma and Cornville.
Journalists can live anywhere in the Verde Valley (Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Jerome, or Sedona, or the unincorporated areas of Page Springs, Cornville, Rimrock, Lake Montezuma, the Village of Oak Creek, Oak Creek Canyon). Hiking and outdoor recreation are big draws for residents along the Verde River and Oak Creek, as is Sedona’s art scene, so there’s plenty to do outside of working hours. Sedona receives 4 million tourists a year, so the city has many amenities and businesses closer to what one would find in larger cities.
Send resumes, clips and portfolios to [email protected], Attention Editor Christopher Fox Graham, subject: “Sedona News Reporter”.