Friday, December 2, 2022     Volume: 23, Issue: 40

Santa Maria Sun / Job Openings

Advertising Sales Representative

New Times Media Group (NTMG) is a family-owned business that has been part of the community since 1986. Our mission is to publish great newspapers which are successful and enduring; create a quality work environment that encourages employees to grow; and to have a positive impact on our communities, and make it a better place to live.  

 We are looking for an individual who cares about building relationships and partnering with local businesses in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties. If you have the heart, we have the tools to train you to be a successful Ad Consultant. You must be self-motivated, ambitious, and an independent person who also wants to be part of a great team. Successful reps will have a sincere desire to help our clients assess their needs and work together to create marketing campaigns that increase their business.


• A curiosity about how different types of businesses work.

• An interest in learning consultative sales skills.

• Excellent time management skills and the ability to work within deadlines.

• The ability to be social and enjoy talking with people.

• The ability to learn how to develop solutions to marketing problems.

• A strong work ethic.

• Superior customer service skills.


• Experience in business, customer service or related field.

• College degree preferred.

 TO APPLY: If this sounds like you, please let us know by emailing your résumé and cover letter to Cindy Rucker at

 When you submit your résumé please answer the following questions in the body of your email:

1) Why are you interested in working for NTMG?

2) Why should we hire you?

Compensation includes a base salary, commission and bonus; excellent benefits package including medical, dental, and paid time off.

NTMG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

UPDATED 9/30/21


New Times Media Group in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, which runs New Times in San Luis Obispo ( and the Sun in Santa Maria (, is looking for its next staff writer, but we’re not looking for just any article-pushing, source-wrangling, story-chasing someone.

Are you sick of editing or regurgitating press releases day after day? Or maybe it’s those damn list things—you know the ones: “Top 10 hottest places to eat your lunch on a rainy day.” Or maybe it’s just not being able to put the time and reporting into a story that deserves it: the weeks and repeated phone calls that give a story what it needs to ripen into the hard-charging, data-filled narrative it’s dying to be; the time that turns a “meh” story into one that blows a hole in the status quo.

Can you see the big picture of what a story means to a community? Do you know what it takes to—yes, we know, it’s cliché—make a difference in the lives of the people you cover and bring a diversity of voices into the spotlight? Do you want to spend time with your sources to fully understand their point of view and life experience?

If so, then you’re exactly who we’re looking for: a staff writer who isn’t afraid to take on the tedious, the tenuous, or the talented. That certain someone who can wrestle a story to the ground and fill it with the things that matter to the communities of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Oil, agricultural, water, and environmental advocacy aren’t the only things that drive this place—although those are pretty juicy beats.

There’s more, and we want to hire someone who can drive his or herself to unearth those stories and tell them in a meaningful way. We want to reach into under-covered, under-served communities (if you're bilingual, it's a plus). We want to find the real stories that float beneath the surface level ones. We want to publish the news that nobody's talking about—yet. And you should, too.

Let us know if you’ve got what it takes. We dare you. Send a résumé, cover letter, and story samples to Cindy Rucker at

UPDATED 8/23/22

Weekly Poll
What do you think about a farmworker resource center in Santa Barbara County?

It's a great way to create a network of collaboration and reach people in need.
It's been needed in the county for a long time and should have been made earlier.
We don't have the funding now, but we should come up with ideas in the meantime.
We don't need it. There are plenty of resources readily available.

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