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B.C. Legislature Reporter (rural focus)

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B.C. Legislature Reporter (rural focus) REF#: JG30866
Rocky Mountain Goat Media Inc
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Posted: January 3, 2020
Deadline: January 17, 2020
Salary: $60,000 contract

Description

The B.C. Legislature Reporter (rural focus) position is aimed at providing better coverage of legislative activities for Valemount, McBride, Blue River and other rural/remote communities in B.C.
 
The job is based in Victoria and is a remote position overseen by the rural news outlet Rocky Mountain Goat Media in Valemount, in east-central B.C.
 
The Robson Valley & Upper North Thompson Valley is a news rich place and at the nexus of issues important to not just locals but B.C. residents and all Canadians, issues such as the forestry downturn and forestry policy, the Trans Mountain pipeline, railway transport & safety, the boom & bust economy created by Alberta’s oil resources, agriculture and ag policy, the potential development of geothermal power production, glacier loss due to climate change, the Columbia River Treaty (the only treaty between the U.S. and a Canadian province). But Valemount & surrounding communities are 800km from Victoria where provincial policies are made and up to 300km from their MLA’s office in Prince George. This position aims to bridge an important gap: the dearth of journalists reporting on provincial rural and remote issues through a rural/remote lens. There are laws and regulations being passed that disproportionately affect rural people. Conversely some regulations that could help rural people are not passed due to poor information and political leveraging. The coverage will provide good information to working people who live in far-flung locations but who underpin B.C.’s key industries, such as forestry and energy.
 
We are looking for an experienced journalist from a rural/remote background or with extensive rural experience who already thinks through a rural/remote/northern lens. Someone who understands the unique challenges and sensitivities of rural and remote life. Someone who will dig into policies and legislative changes from this perspective and synthesize it in a way that can be understood by a broad audience.
 
Under the guidance of the Goat’s senior staff, the journalist will uncover stories important not just to rural people but to the entire country, by bringing to light issues that are being ignored or sidelined. Topics will include: forestry policy, energy policy, BC Hydro, geothermal power development, agricultural policy, rural seniors care and First Nations relations among others.
 
The North Thompson & Robson Valley region is part of the Simpcw First Nation and Lheidli T'enneh traditional territories and First Nations play a vital role in the area.
 
The Job
The reporter will be required to attend rural caucus meetings and keep tabs legislative changes and political discussions in order to cover stories that have an impact on rural people.
 
The journalist will be self-motivated with an ability to sniff out pertinent stories with additional guidance and direction from the RMG staff via weekly Skype/Zoom meetings and ongoing email/text communication.
 
Under the terms of the Local Journalism Initiative grant program the journalist’s articles will be available for publication in diverse news outlets across B.C. and Canada.
 
The journalist will produce two longer stories (750 words) or three shorter stories (500 words) each week, and will attend daily hearings & meetings at the Legislature.  The journalist will provide brief verbal or written reports about all meetings they attend, whether or not they write a story about them.
 
This is a contract position funded by the federal government's new Local Journalism Initiative. The initial term of this posting is Feb. 3rd 2020 to March 31st 2021 with the possibility of extension. The position is 35 hours per week for 14 months. The salary for the contract is just over $60,000.
 
About the Goat
The Rocky Mountain Goat is an independent locally-owned newspaper and the only source of news and civic journalism for the Robson Valley and upper North Thompson Valley. It has a robust local readership and serves the communities of Valemount, McBride, Dunster, Dome Creek and Blue River and surrounding areas. It also has a large online readership in the Robson Valley, Prince George, the Lower Mainland, Kamloops and across western Canada. Its print circulation is about 750 copies per week with an additional 3,500 weekly visitors on its website.
 
The Goat’s mission is to provide good information and pertinent viewpoints on issues affecting the rural people in its region in the context of responsible social and environmental values.
 
The Goat is a weekly print newspaper usually 16-24 pages and is a general-interest newspaper focusing on hard news and community news. It has won many awards for newspaper excellence over its 10-year existence and solid journalism is a core value at the company. The publisher/majority owner has a Master’s of Journalism from Carleton University.
 
Rocky Mountain Goat Media strives to maintain an inclusive workplace that respects the dignity of every individual. The Company is committed to ensuring equity, diversity, inclusiveness and accessibility in its hiring practices and its workforce.

Qualifications

  • Superior writing skills and strong news judgment.
  • Experience living in a rural area, preferably Interior B.C.
  • Familiarity with issues affecting rural people in  B.C., specifically those living in the Interior & the North.
  • A formal degree or diploma in journalism and related experience.
  • Outstanding research skills.
  • Possession of a smartphone.


Please send resumé, cover letter indicating why you are a good fit (stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board), clippings of articles you’ve written on government institutions, and two professional references by end of day Fri. January 17th 2020.

Laura Keil
Rocky Mountain Goat Media Inc
Box 21, 1170 5th ave
Valemount , B.C.
V0E 2Z0 , Canada
Tel: (250) 566-5135


E-mail: lauraishere@gmail.com
Web address: http://www.therockymountaingoat.com
 
 
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