Managing Editor

City:  Socorro, New Mexico
Newspaper:  El Defensor Chieftain
Job Description: The El Defensor Chieftain, a weekly community newspaper in Socorro NM, is looking for its next ME. The EDC is the second oldest continuously published newspaper in New Mexico, and is owned by Number Nine Media, Inc. – a wholly owned subsidiary of Journal Publishing Company, the publisher of the Albuquerque Journal.
Socorro, with a population of roughly 9,000, is home to New Mexico Tech – a science, engineering, and research university. Socorro boosts a wide array of activities for everyone to enjoy, including the spectacular Very Large Array, the Bosque Del Apache home of the bird migration, wonderful hiking in the San Lorenzo Canyon, as well as the historic San Miguel Parish. Socorro is true small town Americana with community gatherings and events that draw all ages. Located along Interstate 25, Socorro is about 90 miles south of the Albuquerque Metropolitan area.
The EDC office is located just of the historic Socorro town square. It has been freshly remodeled from head to toe. Now we’re ready to “remodel” our brand, through a whole new level of community engagement.
We are looking for a high-energy community newspaper journalist; a hands-on, business savvy, newsroom leader; a person filled with passion for the role a small newspaper can play to propel a community forward; a well-rounded content creator, capable of photography, tight copy editing, page design, editorial writing, and moderator of local forums, with a can-do, problem solving attitude and a kind and supportive management style. Digital journalistic know-how is a plus.
Number Nine Media offers a competitive compensation package including an employer sponsored health insurance plan. We are a privately held, multi-generational family owned newspaper company, deeply dedicated to the communities we serve.
Interested applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field, and minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in a community newspaper newsroom. Please send cover letter, resume, and 5-8 samples of your writing, page design, and photography to: Rockford M Hayes, Vice President of Community Newspapers.
Contact: or El Defensor Chieftain, Attn: Rockford M. Hayes – Editor Search, 200 Winkler SW, Socorro. NM 87801, (No Phone Calls Please)