We have two reporting positions open. One of them is a Quadra Island/Cortes Island-based position. The other reporter will cover La Ronge, Saskatechewan.

Reporter for National Observer covering Quadra Island and Cortes Island, British Columbia

For more than a decade, Observer Media Group has led the digital re-invention of Canadian media, driven the national conversation on energy and climate change, and made history as the first all-digital publication to win a National Newspaper Award and a Michener Award citation. Our Democracy and Integrity Reporting Project has placed us at the centre of Canada’s discussion on disinformation and the future of democracy.

This year, we are excited to be participating in Canada’s new 'Local Journalism Initiative' which aims to shift news deserts to areas with vibrant news coverage.

Canada’s National Observer is seeking an energetic, keen reporter with a masters in journalism or equivalent for a unique and exceptional opportunity. You will cover daily news with an emphasis on local industries, the environment, and climate change in the Quadra Island and Cortes Island region. Located in the Discovery Islands in the Salish Sea, Quadra and Cortes Islands face into Desolation Sound and sit on the edge of The Great Bear Rainforest. These small communities house rich ecosystems and diverse and interesting people and cultures.

During this one year contract, you will be expected to produce a minimum of 3-4 stories weekly. Reporting to National Observer's Managing Editor, you will collaborate with an editorial team based in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. All of your stories will be published on National Observer and uploaded also to a news portal of The Canadian Press. The articles will be available to other news media through Creative Commons. The job begins February 15.

Salary: $50,000 for 1 year. One year contract with 3 month probationary period. Possibility of extension into a second year. Your salary will be paid to you by National Observer through a grant from The Government of Canada.

Here's what we're looking for:

  • At least one year of experience working for a major news outlet

  • Sensitivity to the complex relationships of a remote, rural community

  • Excellent people skills. A good communicator. A good listener.

  • Strong talent as a researcher and as a journalist, a love of language, exceptional storytelling skills and excellent reporting

  • A keen interest in reporting on and investigating a wide range of issues. This includes the energy and resources sectors, government oversight of industry, climate change, Indigenous rights, equity and harassment issues.

  • Strong interviewing skills

  • An ability to work as part of a team and collaborate as well as an ability to work independently when needed

  • Desire to be a part of an emerging media outlet with ideas to promote better audience engagement and outreach

  • Strong social media skills

  • Serious love of journalism

Here's what we're looking for in your portfolio:

  • An ability to craft compelling stories with dramatic leads and a strong narrative arc

  • A strong, distinct voice

  • Solid research, original reporting, network of sources who trust you

  • A sense of how to reach a wide audience with essential stories that are urgent to the public interest

  • Visual storytelling strength through photography and video is a huge plus

Pluses

  • Strong video and photography skills

  • Awards

  • Strength in writing headlines

You will be expected to report on:

  • Community meetings on Cortes and Quadra Islands
  • Local and regional politics, police and judicial proceedings
  • Oyster, salmon and agricultural industries
  • Land use issues
  • Inspiring people doing fascinating things
  • The impact of climate change on shorelines, industries, people and wildlife

To apply: send resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like to join Canada’s National Observer's editorial team and take this position, specifically. Please include three links to stories. Apply via our online application portal.

We'll be in touch if we would like to follow up with an interview, but we can't respond to all applicants. Thank you to everyone for your interest in this position.

Deadline: Feb 1, 2020.

Reporter for National Observer covering La Ronge, Saskatchewan

For more than a decade, Observer Media Group has led the digital re-invention of Canadian media, driven the national conversation on energy and climate change, and made history as the first all-digital publication to win a National Newspaper Award and a Michener Award citation. Our Democracy and Integrity Reporting Project has placed us at the centre of Canada’s discussion on disinformation and the future of democracy.

This year, we are excited to be participating in Canada’s new 'Local Journalism Initiative' which aims to shift news deserts to areas with vibrant news coverage.

Canada’s National Observer is seeking an energetic, keen reporter with a masters in journalism or equivalent for a unique and exceptional opportunity. You will cover daily news with an emphasis on local industries, the environment, and climate change in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about lovely La Ronge. "A northern town in the boreal forest of central Saskatchewan, Canada. Its location is approximately 250 km north of Prince Albert where Highway 2 becomes Highway 102. La Ronge lies on the western shore of Lac la Ronge, is adjacent to Lac La Ronge Provincial Park, and is on the edge of the Canadian Shield. This town is also the namesake of the larger La Ronge population centre comprising the community, the Northern Village of Air Ronge and the Kitsakie 156B and Lac La Ronge 156 reserves of the Lac La Ronge First Nation."

During this one year contract, you will be expected to produce a minimum of 3-4 stories weekly from La Ronge. Reporting to National Observer's Managing Editor, you will collaborate with an editorial team based in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. All of your stories will be published on National Observer and uploaded also to a news portal of The Canadian Press. The articles will be available to other news media through Creative Commons. The job begins February 15.

Salary: $50,000 for 1 year. One year contract with 3 month probationary period. Possibility of extension into a second year. Your salary will be paid to you by National Observer through a grant from The Government of Canada.

Here's what we're looking for:

  • At least one year of experience working for a major news outlet

  • Sensitivity to the complex relationships of a remote, rural community

  • Excellent people skills. A good communicator. A good listener.

  • Strong talent as a researcher and as a journalist, a love of language, exceptional storytelling skills and excellent reporting

  • A keen interest in reporting on and investigating a wide range of issues. This includes the energy and resources sectors, government oversight of industry, climate change, Indigenous rights, equity and harassment issues.

  • Strong interviewing skills

  • An ability to work as part of a team and collaborate as well as an ability to work independently when needed

  • Desire to be a part of an emerging media outlet with ideas to promote better audience engagement and outreach

  • Strong social media skills

  • Serious love of journalism

Here's what we're looking for in your portfolio:

  • An ability to craft compelling stories with dramatic leads and a strong narrative arc

  • A strong, distinct voice

  • Solid research, original reporting, network of sources who trust you

  • A sense of how to reach a wide audience with essential stories that are urgent to the public interest

  • Visual storytelling strength through photography and video is a huge plus

Pluses

  • Strong video and photography skills

  • Awards

  • Strength in writing headlines

You will be expected to report on:

  • Community meetings
  • Local and regional politics, police and judicial proceedings
  • Mining industry
  • Land use and environmental oversight
  • Inspiring people doing fascinating things
  • The impact of climate change on people, wildlife, the boreal forest and rivers, lakes and streams

To apply: send resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like to join Canada’s National Observer's editorial team and take this position in La Ronge. Please include three links to stories. Apply via our online application portal.

We'll be in touch if we would like to follow up with an interview, but we can't respond to all applicants. Thank you to everyone for your interest in this position.

Deadline: Feb 1, 2020.