We’re hiring a full-time reporter to cover education and child welfare

Indigenous and BIPOC applicants will be prioritized. Apply by Aug. 31, 2021.

IndigiNews is hiring a full-time reporter — ideally based on Vancouver Island — to cover education and the child-welfare system in B.C.

Please read the following and fill out the application below by 9PM PT on August 31, 2021.

About IndigiNews

IndigiNews represents a partnership between The Discourse and APTN. The IndigiNews team is based on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan. IndigiNews aims to provide digital journalism driven by local Indigenous communities’ needs, while also developing business models that contribute 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.

Position details

  • This full-time reporting position will start as soon as possible and continue through Mar. 31, 2022, with the possibility of extension.
  • The reporter will ideally be based on Vancouver Island, and while anyone is welcome to apply, Indigenous and BIPOC applicants will be prioritized.
  • Annual compensation is $50,000. You will be paid by The Discourse with funding from the Local Journalism Initiative
  • All of your stories will be published on the IndigiNews website. When relevant to a national audience, stories may be published by APTN National News. They will also be added to the Local Journalism Initiative news portal run by The Canadian Press where they will be made available to other media through Creative Commons.

Who we’re longing for

(Note: We hope to find someone with some but not necessarily all of these qualities/skills.) 

A thoughtful, hard-working person who is passionate about being a part of a more inclusive and responsible journalism industry. 

Someone who is able to tell an interesting and impactful story, using a wide range of tools to do so. You’re able to break down complex language and ideas and make them accessible to a broad community. You can take crisp, evocative photos. You can upload content to a website and use social media to connect with others. You take pride in producing quality work. 

Someone who has journalism experience. You can turn around 2-4 shorter news stories per week, and you can produce an in-depth feature when a story requires more time and care.

Someone based on Vancouver Island (living and reporting from your community), or someone with relationships with Indigenous communities across the island.

Someone with an understanding of Canada’s colonial history, institutions and ongoing practices, such as the child-welfare system in Canada.

Someone who has experience in or is willing to learn and implement trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practices in their work.

Experience with research, filing freedom-of-information requests, data analysis and visualization, interviewing, writing, copy-editing, fact-checking, social media management are all welcome skills as well!

Think you’d be a good fit?

Email [email protected] to set up a phone call. We’d be happy to learn more about your experience and goals and discuss whether this might be a fit for you. If a friend or family member has told you you should apply for this job, go for it!

Representation matters

We are committed to building a more equitable media industry. We encourage candidates with a range of perspectives, abilities, backgrounds and experience to apply, and especially encourage First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous people from other regions and BIPOC applicants. We care about upholding a space where Indigenous journalists feel safe, valued and heard.

Application — Education and child welfare reporter

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