We’re hiring reporters to cover Indigenous news on Vancouver Island

The team will cover health, child welfare, and education.

*Applications extended to Sunday, May 10th. Submit by 9PM Pacific Time*

In these strange and unpredictable times we’re happy to share some good news — we’re hiring! 

The Discourse is partnering with APTN, supported by funding from the Local News Journalism Initiative, to hire two full-time reporters and one part-time reporter to provide in-depth reporting on Indigenous news and affairs focused on health, child welfare, and education. These are not typical daily news roles. Reporting will be committed to listening to and serving the public, carving out space in the media for communities to speak on matters of interest to them. 

Reporters will work for The Discourse. This new team will be modelled off of our successful in-depth local journalism projects The Discourse Cowichan and Urban Nation. Reporters stories will also be published on our new platform, IndigiNews. APTN will serve as a partner, offering editorial production support, and expertise. Through this partnership our collective goal is to fill local news reporting gaps and contribute to the long-term sustainability of independent Indigenous news in Canada. 

These positions can be based anywhere on Vancouver Island. We are committed to supporting a more equitable media industry. We encourage candidates with a range of perspectives, abilities, backgrounds and experience to apply, and especially encourage First Nations, Métis and Inuit applicants. 

Not a journalist looking for a job? We still want to hear from you! How can we cover Indigenous news focused on education, child welfare and health in a way that’s valuable to you? Send us your feedback and it will inform our reporting.

The positions: 

In these roles, you will be committed to go beyond covering issues solely through the lens of provincial and federal policy and surface stories from local communities impacted. You will bring context to your work, recognizing our colonial history and relationships, as well as the ongoing impacts of residential schools on Indigenous communities on Vancouver Island and across the province. You will be willing to dig through data to find patterns that help people make sense of what’s going on. You will investigate areas where the systems are struggling and where communities are thriving. You will listen to community members, youth, workers, researchers, elders and anyone connected to these spaces. You will follow the money, report on progress, and l hold civic institutions accountable. And finally, you will work together with your colleagues to ensure that community members feel heard, respected and understood through your work.

Health Reporter, full-time, click here to learn more and apply 

Child Welfare Reporter, full-time, click here to learn more and apply

Education Reporter, part-time, click here to learn more and apply

These are new positions and we’d like to hear from as many people as possible. If you’re not sure if you qualify, email lindsay@thediscourse.ca. I’d be happy to chat with you and learn more about your experience. If a friend, colleague or family member has told you you should apply for this job, trust them and do it![end]


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