Journalist / Reporter BC

Updated: May 24


CFNR is looking for a new journalist to join our team!

Journalist / Reporter Wanted

12-month contract position, with possibility to extend

If you love digging deeper and keeping people informed on the local matters that mean the most to them, then this is the job for you. We serve over 80 communities, including more than 40 First Nations, from across a diverse range of cultures and landscapes across beautiful Northern BC. It’s a massive range of people and places, with an abundance of stories to tell and news to hear about. And we want you to be the one to tell them.


The position we are currently hiring for is a partnership with the Government of Canada’s Community Radio Fund of Canada, and their Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) program. The program is focusing on diverse, local communities that may be underserved in the Canadian news landscape. The goal is to increase the production of community and civic news in those areas and to make that news more accessible across the country. We’re elevating original, local community news.


What you’ll do:

In this role, you will be required to: find, source and write relevant, timely and unbiased local news stories, attend press conferences, attend local municipal and Indigenous community meetings and events, conduct interviews with sources, present news stories both in individual and full newscast formats (including sports and weather), and post and share stories to various online platforms and social medias. Breaking news, and emergency reporting, as well as various other station tasks as assigned by the Program Director may also be required.


This position is unique in that it will be hyper-focused on finding, developing, and expanding on local news stories. You will be able to dig deeper into the stories that impact the community the most.


Requirements:

• Hold a degree or diploma in Journalism, Communications or Arts from an accredited academic or technical institution OR have equivalent experience in broadcast, print/digital journalism or writing (minimum 5 years of journalistic/radio experience).

• Excellent radio, interview, and communication skills

• Excellent writing skills and research. You love storytelling–from the initial pitch to the publication

• Strong people skills: You are a great listener, speaker, and interviewer

• Deadline-driven and have an eye for detail

• Knowledge of community and regional concerns or news and a passion for local journalism

• Strong skills in both a team setting and with independent work.

• Audio production skills and understanding of the radio community environment

• Critical thinking and ability to analyze issues and to remain impartial

• Social media savvy, for both posting and research purposes


Other qualifications/requirements:

• Understanding with diversity, different perspectives and sensitive/complex issues.

• Desire to drive news and interest in reporting on a range of topics (can include a list of your station’s reporting beats or news needs like city hall, courthouse, band council or issues like affordable housing, employment, environmental concerns, mental health, poverty, Indigenous rights, LGBTQ+ rights, etc.)

• Attend editorial meetings with station and LJI coordinators as needed.


The position:

• Title: Journalist/ Reporter

• Term: 12 month contract position, with possibility to extend

• Salary commensurate with experience

• Ideal Start Date: March 21st, 2022

• Expected working hours: Usually 9:00- 5:00 Monday- Friday, though exact shifts may vary depending on availability of sources and breaking news/ emergencies.

We’re looking for dynamic, determined journalists who care about local, community and civic journalism.

If that sounds like you, please apply with a

• Cover letter describing why you want to work at the station

• A current resume, and

• A few examples of your work


jblagden@cfnrfm.ca