IndigiNews is hiring a managing editor. Learn more below and please help spread the word — especially to Indigenous candidates with journalism experience and a passion for trauma-informed practice.
Applications open until the position is filled.
IndigiNews represents a partnership between The Discourse Community Publishing and APTN. IndigiNews is primarily based in “B.C.” with reporters in “Vancouver Island,” the “Okanagan” and the “Metro Vancouver” area. IndigiNews aims to provide digital journalism driven by local Indigenous communities’ needs, while developing a business model that contributes to the long-term sustainability of independent Indigenous-centred media.
Our team is made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people committed to trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practices.
- This full-time position will start as soon as possible
- The salary range is $65,000 – $70,000 per year, based on experience
- The position comes with full benefits and three weeks of vacation to start
- This position is remote, and may be done from anywhere provided you are available during working hours Pacific Time.
- Manage editorial calendar — ensuring Local Journalism Initiative reporting quotas are met
- Manage ongoing collaboration with APTN
- Coach and support reporters to produce timely, community-driven stories using trauma-informed practices
- Provide cultural editing on IndigiNews stories following relevant cultural protocols, and coach staff to emulate those practices
- Lead two editorial meetings per week
- Be available for occasional travel and conference attendance
- Be the lead on all editorial decisions and team communications
- Develop and support collaborative investigations
Who we’re looking for
- You have an understanding of Canada’s colonial history, institutions and ongoing practices and the impacts of systemic racism on Indigenous Peoples and communities. You’re familiar with Indigenous governance systems in the areas we serve (“British Columbia”) and/or your own Nation. You understand the TRC’s call to actions for the media and you have experience producing stories that centre Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives and the issues impacting them.
- Our intentions resonate with you — and you have ideas for building upon them.
- You care about building a safe and inclusive culture. You’re passionate about coaching and supporting reporters who may not be familiar with all standard journalism practices as they haven’t been to journalism school. You are excited to support them to uphold trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practices. You’re passionate about building an equitable, responsible journalism industry in Canada.
- You understand and uphold the importance of cultural protocols. You prioritize ensuring that cultural protocol and practices are respected throughout the entire production of a story — from choosing which stories should/n’t be told, to reaching out to people to interview, to writing the story — and support IndigiNews’ storytellers to do the same.
- You’re passionate about editing. You love storytelling and can work magic on a first draft, helping its form and flow. You’re able to break down complex language and ideas, and make them accessible to a broad community. You’re a meticulous fact-checker who understands the importance of primary sources, cultural accuracy, lived experiences and talking to a range of people to get stories right. You question data and information — no matter who it comes from — and are able to show your process. You’re a grammar nerd who strives to polish stories as needed, but you also understand how so-called “proper English” have been used to discredit Indigenous knowledge holders. You are committed to fairness, integrity and a trauma-informed practice.
- You’re an organized team player. You pride yourself on ensuring systems and expectations are easy for others to follow. You love supporting others to meet their goals and deadlines, and you are great at asking for support.
- You’re comfortable with the idea of representing IndigiNews publicly in panels, on social media, at media events/conferences, etc., or supporting your colleagues to do so.
- You’re comfortable making decisions on behalf of IndigiNews
- You can upload content to a website, navigate social media and you know how to take, or at least recognize, a high-quality photo/video.
- You’re comfortable working remotely, using tools like Slack, Zoom and your phone to communicate with a distributed team.
- You’re entrepreneurial. You love experimenting, testing, and learning and are excited to contribute to the growth and sustainability of IndigiNews.
- You have experience with filing and managing freedom-of-information requests, data analysis, public speaking, event hosting, Google Analytics and WordPress.
We care about upholding a space where Indigenous journalists feel safe, valued and heard.
We recognize that media has not been a welcoming space for many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, as well as other marginalized people including people of color, LGBTQ+ and non-binary or genderqueer people, people from working class backgrounds and women. At IndigiNews we are passionate about decolonizing journalism and we are committed to building a more equitable industry.
Because we believe these communities must be centred in the work we do, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized and equity-deserving communities.
Email Eden Fineday, [email protected], with any questions or if you’d like to set up a phone call to discuss whether this position might be a good fit for you.