Civic and Community Video Journalist
Are you passionate about sharing stories and working with the community? Barrie Community Media is inviting applications for the position of a Civic and Community Video Journalist.
Location: Barrie, Ontario; Simcoe County, Ontario
Duration: Sept 7, 2021 for 29 weeks, with the possibility of renewal
Wage: up to $25.00 per hour, up to 30 hours per week
Description: Barrie Community Media is looking for a Civic and Community Video Journalist. 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 journalist will 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 understanding of video journalism, an understanding of how local issues impact residents, a passion for storytelling and solid video production skills.
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.
- Self motivation and proven ability to generate story ideas: acting as the main programming coordinator for a growing community media organization.
- Ability to identify, research and produce engaging video stories, and to convene public events and programming that engage the community in dialogue.
- Strong digital video production skills; possession of equipment is an asset, but not required.
- 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: determining which stories to cover, how and when.
- Keen interest in civic issues.
- A strong internet connection: ability to livestream, upload videos consistently, and regularly interact online via Zoom, Slack, and more.
Additional Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who:
- Have experience with community-based media, including the ability to engage, work with and direct volunteers.
- Can produce audio-only content (eg podcasting), online text stories, and social media to complement videos.
- Data journalism skills.
- Indigenous language skills or experience working in service roles with Indigenous communities would be an asset.
- Project management experience
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 racialised people, women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, queer and trans people, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.