Community News Coordinator 2020-21


CFRC 101.9 FM Radio Queen’s University, through the generous support of a Community Radio Fund of Canada Radiometres grant, is hiring a Community News Coordinator!  In this role, the successful candidate will recruit and coordinate a collective of 7-10 campus and community volunteers dedicated to researching, writing and producing locally relevant news programs to benefit our campus and community listeners.

The Job Description

  • Recruiting, training, motivating and mentoring volunteers to enhance their skills in live and recorded spoken word programming; 
  • Developing and coordinating a collectives of volunteers involved in the production of local news programming; 
  • maintaining project timelines to develop and produce a minimum of three weekly news magazine programs and daily news bulletins;
  • Facilitating regularly scheduled meetings of the news collective and fostering collaboration among volunteers;
  • Monitoring & responding to and acting on email, news feed press releases, event calendar notices; and news tips;
  • coordinating live-on-location and in-studio broadcasting;
  • coordinating journalistic research on breaking and ongoing news stories;
  • Providing technical support for live and/or virtual coverage of community events, lectures, talks, meetings etc.;
  • Developing training tools and resources for live broadcast production and spoken word programming in collaboration with the Multicultural Programming Coordinator;
  • Presenting a minimum of three skills-building workshops related to news programming production and live remote broadcasting to current CFRC volunteers and interested campus/community members;
  • Liaising with the Groundwire national alternative radio news project, the Local Journalism Initiative/The Canadian Press; and the Radia international radio art project to contribute news segments/production for syndication;
  • Liasing with local press, Queen's Communications, student clubs/organizations and community groups;
  • writing social media copy promoting programs;
  • writing copy for daily news bulletins for distribution to all CFRC volunteers to deploy in their own programming;
  • writing copy for podcast versions of each program;
  • Increasing CFRC's visibility on campus and in the community by coordinating circulation of CFRC's broadcast schedule and other promotional materials to arts groups and other relevant organizations;
  • Completing monthly and one final report detailing experiences, successes and challenges of the role

The Assets & Qualifications We're Looking For

  • be enrolled in or have completed a post-secondary diploma/degree program. 
  • Have at least 1 year of job and/or volunteer experience in news, communications, public relations and/or media
  • Have at least 1 year of volunteer coordination and training experience
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport with campus/community partners and groups and to act/follow-up on news leads at a moment’s notice.
  • Demonstrably excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Be a highly motivated self-starter and engaging mentor to news collective volunteers
  • Have demonstrable organizational skills
  • Have demonstrable ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Be team-oriented and flexible with work hours
  • Commitment to working in and promoting a diverse, socially inclusive environment
  • Hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle for live-on-the-scene news coverage

The anticipated start date for this position is September 1st 2020.  The contract is for one year ending August 31st 2021.  Our News Coordinator will work 25 hours per week which may include evenings and weekends at the rate of $15.00/hour.

Location: CFRC 101.9 FM, 62 Fifth Field Company Lane, Carruthers Hall, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6.

How to Apply

Your application must contain all of the following items captured and sent in ONE PDF document.  If the application does not contain each element, the application will be marked as incomplete and disqualified.

  • Cover Letter describing your volunteer coordination experience, relevant media experience and how you will mobilize this experience to achieve CFRC's news programming goals
  • CV
  • Writing sample on an item of recent local news interest. Maximum 250 words.
  • a minimum of two employment references with contact information.  

Please send your PDF document to Station Manager Dinah Jansen at [email protected] by the deadline August 23rd 2020 at 5 PM EST.  Late applications will not be accepted.  Interviews will take place on August 25th virtually.  Only those applicants considered for interview will be contacted.