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Sports Journalist, Summer Olympics

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Sports Journalist, Summer Olympics REF#: JG33548
Ottawa Sports Pages
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posted: April 22, 2024
Deadline: May 30, 2024
Salary: $4,634/280 total hrs

Description

The Ottawa Sports Pages is currently seeking to hire a sports journalist to help lead our Ottawa at the Olympics and Paralympics coverage of the Paris 2024 Summer Games. This position is offered as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program. Daily work hours are flexible. Preference will be given to applicants already residing in Ottawa.
  • Pay: $16.55/hour, 35 hours/week, 8 weeks/280 total hours
  • Dates of Employment: July 8-Aug. 30, 2024 (flexible)
About our organization:
The Ottawa Community Sport Media Team is a not-for-profit organization devoted to shining a light on Ottawa’s amateur sports scene through our local sports news publication, and to provide free sports opportunities in conjunction with our partner sports groups to low-income children and youth.

The Ottawa Sports Pages covers high school, university, community and elite amateur sport. Our motivation is to recognize the achievements of Ottawa’s grassroots sports community, which are almost always overlooked by other media sources. We share our stories on our website and through our email newsletter and social media.

Visit us online at: https://ottawasportspages.ca/

The Ottawa Community Sport Media Team also works hand-in-hand with the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation’s recLINK program to deliver free sports opportunities to children/youth from local social housing communities through a program called the Connecting Athletes of All Means to Paths in Sport Project.

Visit the CAMPS Project online at: http://ottawasportscamps.ca/about-us/
 
About the position:
The Sports Journalist will create content for all of the Ottawa Sports Pages’ platforms: website, newsletter and social media. This summer’s position will be heavily centred on covering Ottawa’s involvement in the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including our Ottawa at the Olympics and Ottawa at the Paralympics daily newsletters and updates during the Games. The sports journalist will receive assignments from the Sports Pages’ editor. 

Duties will include:
  • Composing features on Ottawa participants in advance of Olympic/Paralympic Games
  • Coordinating interviews before, during and after Games
  • Maintaining a schedule of Ottawa athletes’ competitions
  • Assist in developing coverage plans for daily newsletters during Games
  • Following Ottawa athletes’ competitions in Paris via online streams
  • Monitoring local participants’ social media posts
  • Posting updates to Ottawa Sports Pages website & social media
  • Creating daily previews/recaps for digital avenues
  • Design & formatting of mailerlite newsletter
  • Taking & editing photos or videos as needed
  • Creating promotional content for CAMPS Project partner organizations
  • Covering live local sports events

Qualifications

The successful candidate will:
  • Have journalistic experience and a knowledge of professional writing style
  • Be a passionate storyteller with an interest and knowledge of sports
  • Be personable and confident in interacting with sources
  • Be resourceful and have the drive to track down what’s needed for stories in an amateur sport setting
  • Be well-organized and capable of managing logistics effectively
  • Be able to handle many assignments at once and meet all deadlines
  • Have the ability to shoot photos & video
  • Have excellent computer skills
  • Experience in post-secondary journalism program (or related field) and/or with student press are definite assets
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the Canada Summer Jobs program:
  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.


The sports journalist will be based at their home/remote office, with supervision meetings conducted by video call, phone or in-person, along with frequent contact by e-mail.

Application process:
Phone interviews for select candidates are planned for June 5. Finalists will be asked to complete a story assignment – for which they will be paid on a freelance basis – within the following week, to be published in the Ottawa Sports Pages’ High School Best series on top local graduating student-athletes.

Our organization is committed to promoting inclusion and diversity in our news coverage, and in our work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Interested candidates should submit their applications – including CV, cover letter (stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board), and writing samples (in .pdf format or online links), as well as video/photography samples if desired – by Thursday, May 30 to:


Dan Plouffe
Ottawa Sports Pages
21 Kolo Dr.
Ashton , ON
K0A 1B0 , Canada
Tel: (613) 261-5838


E-mail: execdir@ottawasportspages.ca
Web address: http://www.ottawasportspages.ca/
 
 

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