May  27, 2017
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Democracy Reporter

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Democracy Reporter REF#: JG27605
The Toronto Star
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posted: April 28, 2017
Deadline: May 28, 2017
Salary: not stated


The Toronto Star is seeking a journalist to cover issues related to democracy.

What You Will Be Doing 
The assignment will focus on electoral and senate reform, as well as ideas, policies, technology and tools to aid democratic innovation. It will help inform the public about promising policies, campaigns and strategies for an equitable, representative, and vibrant democracy.

The Democracy Reporter will look for ideas, experiments and solutions from inside Canada and around the world to address issues such as how to reduce the democratic deficit; engage those who are turned off by current politics or feel they have no voice; identify forces behind low voter turnout and disillusionment with the current democratic process; promote civic literacy and civic engagement.

This beat will focus on levers government can use to transform democracy, and identify and explain ways to make government more transparent and accountable.


The successful candidate will also explore citizen initiatives, projects and ideas for democratic renewal. This beat will be considered a success if it speaks as much to individual citizens unsure of or generally indifferent to how politics and democracy work as to policy wonks, political junkies and political strategists. 

This beat should help lead a solutions-oriented conversation on Canadian democracy.
  • Excellent news judgment and deep knowledge of current affairs.
  • Use honed interview and newsgathering skills and instincts to draw out subjects and gather the relevant information to bring a story to life.
  • Able to develop contacts, skillfully interview people in often-demanding situations and show resourcefulness.
  • Able to produce and edit succinct, clear, and accurate copy on deadline.
  • Diplomacy and well-developed interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity with Access to Information procedures and databases
  • Self-starter who comes up with own story ideas, projects and exclusives
  • A journalism degree or equivalent education and experience 3+ years of major daily newspaper reporting experience
  • Well versed in CP style
  • Photo and video experience an asset

The Company is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free recruitment process to applicants with accessibility needs in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require an accommodation during this process, please inform the Company of your requirements. 
This is a fixed-term contract for one year, with the possibility of extension. 

Health, dental, and retirement savings benefits are offered.
Interested candidates should send resume, clippings and a cover letter - stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board - here.



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