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Ballantine Communications Inc. Published: June 10, 2017
Durango, Colorado
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Ballantine Communications, Inc., a family-owned company in one of the most beautiful places in the West, wants a creative, forward-thinking designer who can join our newsroom and oversee print and digital design for our newspapers. We want someone who leads, collaborates and comes up with excellent ideas to visually present our stories in print and online. We also want someone who knows words – to write headlines, improve copy, understand news value, knows AP style and brings package together. When we need a graphic to accompany a story, you know how to create a static version for print and how to also use tools to create a dynamic version for online. We’re not looking to simply replicate what’s in print on our online website. You need to be a dual thinker in our digital newspaper environment.

This position illustrates news, feature, sports and opinion stories. It also designs news and feature pages, including inside news pages. You’ll be working on three small newspapers. If you excel, we’ll have you help with our alternative weekly.

We want someone who likes to guide others to improve their design and story presentation in print and online. If you like teaching others how to get better at what they do, this job might be a fit.

The Durango Herald, in Durango, Colorado, is the flagship paper for Ballantine Communications. We own three small newspapers, but the design is done on a central desk. We punch above our weight and are repeated award-winners in press contests. Our newsroom is made up of journalists with many years of experience and who are dedicated to the mission of community, local news.

To boot, this job is in located in magnificent Durango, Colorado. When you’re not working, you could be skiing, hiking, cycling, boating, fishing – you name it – in the San Juan Mountains. We play as hard as we work.

We require someone with at least three years of experience as a designer (though if you portfolio is outstanding, we’ll strongly consider you). A degree in journalism is preferred. We also require someone who understands the need for digital presentation and familiarity with publishing content online. In other words, print-only designers won’t be strong contenders.

Ballantine Communications offers a full benefits package, including matching 401K.

Please provide cover letter, resume and a portfolio with at least five design and graphics examples in both print and online and send to Amy Maestas, editor, at