IndigiNews is hiring a managing editor

Indigenous applicants will be prioritized. Applications extended to Oct. 31, 2021.

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 extended to Oct. 31, 2021.

About IndigiNews

IndigiNews represents a partnership between The Discourse and APTN. The IndigiNews team is based in B.C. with reporters in Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. 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.

Position details

  • This full-time position will start as soon as possible
  • The salary range is $55,000 – $65,000 based on experience 
  • Benefits are included, as well as four weeks of vacation

Responsibilities

Amplify Indigenous voices

We don’t shy away from the truth. We shine light on the dire consequences of inaction, we share stories of strength, and we feature the individuals who give us hope. 

  • Manage editorial calendar — ensuring Local Journalism Initiative reporting quotas are met and ongoing collaboration with APTN 
  • Coach and support reporters to produce timely, community-driven stories using trauma-informed practices
  • Edit and fact check stories and a weekly newsletter (following CP Style and relevant cultural protocols)
  • Package, upload and share content on various platforms
  • Develop and support collaborative investigations
  • Moderate social media
  • Field administrative emails and coordinate with The Discourse for support
  • Oversee editorial budget and collaborate with The Discourse on business development

Who we’re looking for

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

  • 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 (Vancouver Island and the Okanagan). 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 subscribe to these principles — and have ideas for building on them.
  • You care about building a safe and inclusive culture. You’re passionate about coaching and supporting reporters who may not be familiar with some 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. AND you’re passionate about building an equitable, responsible journalism industry in Canada.
  • You’re passionate about editing. You love storytelling and can work magic on a first draft to bring it form and flow. You’re able to break down complex language and ideas, making 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. And you’re a grammar nerd who believes every piece should be polished and reflective of our commitment to fairness, integrity and trauma-informed practice.
  • You’re an ORGANIZED team player. You pride yourself on letting nothing slip through the cracks and 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 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.
  • Bonus skills: experience with filing and managing freedom-of-information requests, data analysis, public speaking, event hosting, Google Analytics, WordPress. 

Representation matters

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 centered in the work we do, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Questions?

Email [email protected] with any questions or if you’d like to set up a phone call to discuss whether this might be a fit for you. 

IndigiNews Storyteller Application Form

Fill out this form to apply.
  • Describe your connection, if any, to the Okanagan, or to Child Welfare/ Education and/or Vancouver Island.
  • Do you have experience with: Beat reporting? Reporting in Indigenous communities? Investigative journalism? Community-engagement? Editing? Social media? Photography? Video? Organizing events? etc. Tell us about it.
  • What stories do you think need to be told in this space?*
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • Link one.
  • Thank you for taking the time to apply to work with us at IndigiNews.

    We will be in touch with those we wish to interview in the coming weeks.

We have many more stories to tell

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