February  19, 2018
  New Media





Journalism Trainer

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Journalism Trainer REF#: JG29029
Journalists for Human Rights
Location: northwestern, Ontario
Posted: February 6, 2018
Salary: See below


Each journalism trainer will spend eight months living in one First Nations community in
Northwestern Ontario training community members in media production and engagement. The goal of
this training will be to establish regular news programming at the community radio station, provide
media literacy training to community members and train select community members how to report on
and from their communities and get their work published in mainstream and Indigenous media across
Canada. The journalism trainer’s role is as an educator working with Indigenous community members
to assist in the development and publication of their own stories, not as an embedded journalist
reporting from the community placement.
  • Spend a week in pre-departure training in Thunder Bay for program orientation alongside
    fellow trainers, JHR staff, and Indigenous community partners.
  • Spend eight months living and working in one First Nations community in Northern Ontario.
    Note: A number of communities are fly-in and winter road access only, but some community
    placements may have year-round road access.
  • Work with and mentor community members, who have demonstrated an interest in developing
    skills and pursuing careers in journalism, in basic radio and print journalism and human rights
    reporting through mentorship and workshops.
  • Facilitate pitches and freelance contracts between trainee journalists and media outlets across
  • Host community forums that are aimed to engage the entire community and community
    leaders in media literacy and how to work with media.
  • Conduct technical training in radio production and reporting using the communities’ existing
    radio facilities. 
  • Develop a sustainable system to be put in place for regular community news to be broadcast on
    the radio after the 8 month placement has ended.
  • Conduct ‘train the trainer’ workshops which ensures that at least one community member has
    the skills to train others once the journalism trainer has left the community.
  • Provide regular updates to the Dibaajimo.com website, and ensure all program participants are
    using Dibaajimo.com training materials and signing up as members to the site.
  • Conduct regular monitoring and evaluation to track program progress and success via surveys
    and evaluation forms.
  • Maintain regular communication with JHR management and write monthly reports tracking all
    project progress 


  • A degree or diploma in journalism or media production, or related experience
  • A minimum of 2 years experience working in media
  • Technical skills in radio production are highly recommended; however, candidates with experience in radio and print reporting are preferred.
  • Experience in mentoring / training / teaching / workshop delivery / education
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities in Canada
  • A thorough understanding of Indigenous issues and human rights in Canada.
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

In consideration of the Services provided, JHR shall pay to the Trainer a total fee of $2,150 per month. It is anticipated that the Trainer will use a portion for: $1,000 per month for food; and $150 per month for local transportation. JHR will arrange and cover the cost of housing as well as arranging and paying for the Trainer’s travel to and from the Community at the start and end of the contract.
Please send a cover letter (stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board) and resume to irptrainer@jhr.ca. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Please apply as soon as possible. We thank all applicants for applying but only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. 

Hannah Clifford
Journalists for Human Rights
147 Spadina Ave #206
Toronto , ON
M5V 2L7 , Canada
Tel: (416) 413-0240

E-mail: irptrainer@jhr.ca
Web address: http://www.jhr.ca

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