Local Journalist – Job Posting 2022/2023

Local Journalist – Job Posting 2022/2023

4 September 2021 / by CIVL Radio
Funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada

Description of the LJI program

CIVL’s programming mandate focuses on elevating the voices of community members like you! Our team members include our Station Manager, Program Manager, and concurrent Local Newscaster, who will work with you along with the support of the CRFC’s National Coordinator to complete the Local Journalism Initiative through our on-air FM content, as well as regular posts on canada-info.ca. The Fraser Valley has a wealth of topics and stories that require further reflection on, but are not addressed by existing and traditional local broadcast media. Communities impacted by this lack of considerate coverage include Indigenous and other racialized or marginalized groups who are under-represented in media and under-served at large in the Valley.


The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) program is managed by the Community Radio Fund of Canada,  funded by the Government of Canada, and focuses 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.


Description of the journalist position

  • Title: Headline and Feature Reporter
  • Term: 12 months
  • Salary: $31.10/hr 17 hours/week
  • Ideal Start Date: March 20, 2022
  • Expected working hours: Hours are flexible to facilitate field reporting and news gathering


Job Requirements – Who You Are:

  • Excellent radio, interview and/or 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 is an asset
  • 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 (city hall, courthouse, band council, affordable housing, employment, environmental concerns, mental health, poverty, Indigenous rights, LGBTQ+ rights, etc.)
  • Attend editorial meetings with station and LJI coordinators as needed.


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


If that sounds like you, please apply before March 17th at noon PST to jobopportunity (at) civl (dot) ca (jobopportunity@civl.ca) with a cover letter describing why you want to work at the station, a current resume and a few examples of your work.


CIVL encourages applications from a diverse range of candidates, including (but not limited to) women, BIPOC individuals, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and people living with disabilities.


Thank you to everyone for your interest in the LJI program. Unfortunately, we can’t respond to all applicants. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.


This position is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.