CFRC Is Hiring a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

CFRC 101.9 FM Radio Queen’s University is celebrating its centennial year in 2022 as the world’s longest running campus broadcaster. Launched by two engineering students and their professors in October 1922 with the broadcast of a football game, the station has evolved to produce eclectic music and spoken word programming enjoyed by 29,000 weekly listeners locally. 

CFRC prides itself on reflecting the Kingston community’s diverse voices back to our listeners, and providing community members with opportunities to share their ideas, perspectives, initiatives, creativity and more.  Our news team works together with community members to share campus and local news stories through interviews and news reportage and to build content that is informative and engaging. Much of our news content is focused on social problems in our community the people impacted, and the people and groups working to alleviate those problems and we remain dedicated to prioritizing opportunities for traditionally marginalized voices to share their perspectives.

The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) program was launched by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and is funded by the Government of Canada. The program focuses on diverse, local communities that may be underserved in the Canadian news landscape. The goal is to increase the production of community and civic news in those areas and to make that news more accessible across the country.  The LJI program elevates original, local community news.

Job Description:

Title: CFRC Broadcast Journalist
Term: April  2022-May 2023
Salary: $45,000 - $50,000 depending on level of experience
Ideal Start Date: April 8th 2022
Expected Working Hours: 35 hours/week with flexible hours to facilitate field reporting; some evenings and weekends

Assets and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess:

-A degree or diploma in Journalism, Communications or Arts program from an accredited academic or technical institution OR have five years of proven equivalent experience in broadcast, print or digital journalism
-Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills
-Excellent presentation skills including broadcast delivery
-Excellent research, writing and interviewing skills
-Deadline driven with keen attention to details and accuracy
-Knowledge of community and regional concerns at municipal and greater community levels
-Proven ability to work with a team and work independently
-Proven ability to meet deadlines amidst competing priorities
-Understanding of and proven sensitivity to diversity, different perspectives and sensitive/complex issues
-Proven ability to research and report local news in an unbiased manner
-Desire to drive news, build an audience, and report on a range of topics (ie: city hall news, Indigenous rights, 2SLGBTQ+ news, environmental issues, social justice news) in addition to following up on media releases, traffic, sports and weather reports
-Ability to prepare for and attend editorial meetings with CFRC staff and LJI Coordinators as required

CFRC 101.9 FM is looking for a dynamic, determined and skilled journalist who cares about local, community and civic journalism and is keen to build an audience.

Please email a PDF document containing:

- your Cover Letter describing your experience, your vision for the news that you will research and produce for our community and why you think you will be a great fit at CFRC
-your CV listing relevant experience
-a one pager with links to examples of your previously published work, dates/times of previous broadcasts, and links to journalistic demo reels where available (no time limit required)
-a maximum 250-word writing sample (previously published material is accepted)

Please gather all materials and deliver in ONE PDF document to the Executive Director, Dinah Jansen, by Thursday March 31st 2022 at 11:59 PM.  Late applications will not be accepted. Interviews will be scheduled between April 4th and 7th.  Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place via Zoom.

CFRC 101.9 FM invites applications from all qualified individuals. CFRC is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized individuals, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

CFRC 101.9 FM provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact the Executive Director, Dinah Jansen, at [email protected]

This position is generously funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.