Indigenous Civic and Community Video Journalist Intern

Are you passionate about sharing stories and working with the community? Barrie Community Media is inviting applications for the position of an Indigenous Civic and Community Video Journalist Intern. We are a local non-profit media organization founded to cover local civic issues.

Location: Barrie, Ontario; Simcoe County, Ontario

Language: English

Duration: Starts immediately and ends March 31, 2023, with the possibility of renewal

Wage: up to $20.00 per hour, up to 35 hours per week

Description: Barrie Community Media is now accepting applications for an Indigenous Civic and Community Video Journalist Intern. This position is funded by The Local Journalism Initiative (Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada) via the Canadian Association of Community Television Stations and Users (CACTUS). The intern will work with the Civic and Community Video Journalist to produce accessible civic journalism, design programming schedules and implement social media strategies. The main reporting being the activities of the local community’s civic institutions and subjects of local importance. 

Ideal candidates will have a strong desire to learn about video journalism, a keen interest to know how local issues impact residents, and a passion for storytelling. 

It is equally important that candidates understand community-based media and their role in facilitating dialog by involving members of the community directly in the production process. Candidates will function as the leader of a team of volunteer community media makers who will collaboratively create professional content delivered through video, web, podcasts, and social media.

As mandated by CACTUS, our content is primarily long-form video (i.e talk shows, in-depth interviews). We are aiming at a content goal of two hours of video journalism focusing on civic issues per week. This includes but is not limited to: City Council analysis and previews, interviews with multiple community members and organizations, on-location interviews and event coverage, investigations and more. All video work will be accompanied by written stories, posted to a CACTUS website.

Requirements:

  • An aspiring or early-stage journalist in Canada
  • Self-motivated and ability to generate story ideas with the journalist
  • An ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Work with the journalist to identify, research and produce engaging video stories, and to convene public events and programming that engage the community in dialogue.
  • Willingness to learn video production skills.
  • Willingness to work with members of the community and local organizations to create high quality productions. Core hours may include evenings and weekends when volunteers are available or public events are occurring.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills: helping to decide which stories to cover, how and when.
  • Keen interest in civic issues.

Additional Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Indigenous language skills or experience working in service roles with Indigenous communities.

Interested applicants should indicate their interest in this Google Form. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Barrie Community Media is committed to the principles of employment equity. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome; in particular, applications are encouraged from Indigenous people, racialised people, women, people with disabilities, queer and trans people, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

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