April  14, 2024
  New Media





Community Journalist

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Community Journalist REF#: JG33534
Discourse Community Publishing
Location: Cowichan Valley, British Columbia
Posted: April 1, 2024
Deadline: April 15, 2024
Salary: $50,000 to $55,000


Discourse Community Publishing (DCP) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a full-time, permanent community journalist position based in the Cowichan Valley, B.C., the traditional territory of Coast Salish and Nuu-Chah-Nulth peoples, at The Discourse.

DCP is a growing network of independent community news outlets dedicated to contributing to a more sustainable and equitable news ecosystem. This position lends the opportunity to learn from, contribute to and be supported by our shared digital newsroom including The Discourse Cowichan, Nanaimo and Comox Valley; IndigiNews; The Wren; Sun Peaks Independent News; and The Revelstoke Mountaineer. DCP focuses on in-depth, community-driven solutions stories and are guided by these 10 principles.

DCP aims to build an inclusive and equitable workplace that reflects the communities we serve, and is working to attract and support candidates from diverse communities and backgrounds. Women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

Compensation is expected to be between $50,000 to $56,000 annual salary based on experience, a $70,000 full-time equivalent as DCP currently operates on a four-day work week (32 hours from Monday to Thursday).

DCP offers extended health and dental benefits, for yourself and your immediate family, as well as life and travel insurance. This position also offers three weeks paid vacation, in addition to bonus paid time off over the winter holiday period.

The community journalist role focuses on producing quality local journalism for the community through twice-weekly email newsletters and in-depth reported stories. General working hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday, however some flexibility outside those hours is required for news coverage and community engagement activities. The Discourse has been reporting on the Cowichan Valley region since 2018, and has established itself as a leading voice for thoughtful, community-led news and information. The ideal candidate will bring excitement and passion for crafting stories that fill gaps in news coverage and create a meaningful positive impact in Cowichan Valley communities.

The flexible start date for this position is May 7, 2024, with the potential for a remote start if the successful candidate is relocating from another city or province. A relocation bonus to assist with moving costs may also be negotiated depending on the candidate's individual circumstances. The Cowichan Valley is a premier destination for access to the outdoors, a vibrant arts community and a small-town community feel. Because the region is spread out, a vehicle or other mode of transportation between communities is required. The application closing date for this position is April 15, 2024 with interviews conducted on a rolling basis concluding no later than April 26, 2024. (Please note the application closing date has been extended.)


We are a looking for:
  • A passion to provide readers and communities with meaningful, original and in-depth reporting on issues that matter to residents
  • The desire to be part of an independent media organization dedicated to helping to shape the future of community news
  • A connection to the Cowichan Valley community, organizations and residents
  • An understanding of how to respectfully create new connections with community members and organizations and a dedication to serving underrepresented communities and peoples in our region
  • A demonstrated ability to produce accurate and engaging news articles, explainers and investigations
  • An understanding of trauma informed journalism practices 
  • A history of working independently with strong time management and prioritization skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • The desire to contribute to a positive newsroom environment and collaborative work culture
  • A commitment to the TRC’s Call to Action for the media and experience producing stories that centre Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives and the issues impacting them
Additional assets include:
  • Experience in research, freedom-of-information requests, interviewing, writing, copy-editing, fact-checking, social media, newsletters, photography and videography.
  • Digital skills and experience in Wordpress, Active Campaign, Canva, GSuite, Slack, Asana, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Experience in audience development, community engagement and event planning

Please complete the online application, including resume by April 15, 2024. If you worry you’re not qualified, take the leap and apply anyway! If anything in this hiring process presents a barrier to your application, please let us know.

Please state in your application that you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board.


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