February  16, 2020
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Community Journalism Trainer (4 positions)

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Community Journalism Trainer (4 positions) REF#: JG30889
Journalists for Human Rights
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posted: January 15, 2020


Positions: Four (4) Location: First Nation community in Northwestern Ontario (communities TBD after candidates are selected)
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, apply as soon as possible
Start Date: March 2020 End Date: October 2020
Each journalism trainer will spend eight months living in one First Nation community in Northern Ontario, training community members in media production and media literacy. The goal of this training will be to establish community-based news content, provide media literacy training to community members and mentor interested individuals (this may include students and youth) to report from their communities and get their work published locally and in media across Canada. This position also involves building community engagement in the program, assessing the existing local infrastructure, resources and capacity, and liaising with local community organizations and institutions to support and achieve program goals.
The journalism trainer’s role is as an educator and community activator, not as an embedded journalist reporting from the community placement.
  • Complete a week-long pre-departure training alongside fellow trainers and JHR staff to orient themselves in the program and prepare for their time in community.
  • Spend eight months living and working independently 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.
  • Build community engagement in the program in collaboration with local organizations, schools, etc. and by directly identifying and recruiting interested community members.
  • Work with community members (this may include students and youth), who have demonstrated an interest in developing media skills and/or pursuing careers in journalism, in basic print, photojournalism and audio storytelling through individual mentorship and workshops.
  • Facilitate pitches and freelance contracts between trainee journalists and media outlets across Canada.
  • Host community-wide forums on media literacy and how to engage the media.
  • Develop a sustainable system (eg. community news microsite) or reinforce existing systems (eg. community radio station) for regular community news to be shared/broadcast 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.
  • Develop and share community-specific lesson plans and content for workshops and other training activities
  • Conduct regular monitoring and evaluation to track program progress and success via surveys and evaluation forms.
  • Maintain regular communication with JHR management, write monthly internal reports tracking all project progress and write blog posts for www.jhr.ca.
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 pay for housing for the duration of the Trainer’s contract and arrange and cover all associated costs with the Trainer’s travel to and from the community at the start and end of the contract.
A basic equipment kit and monthly workshop budget will also be provided.


  • To be considered for this position, you must be eligible to work in Canada.
  • A degree or diploma in journalism or media production, or related experience.
  • A minimum of 2 years experience working in media/in journalism.
  • Experience with print journalism and/or photojournalism and/or audio production.
  • Technical skills in radio/photo/video production are an asset.
  • Experience in mentorship/training/education and community mobilization.
  • Experience working with and/or in Indigenous communities in Canada.
  • A thorough understanding of Indigenous topics and human rights in Canada.
  • Comfortable with and/or experience working remotely and in an isolated location.
  • Enthusiastic, self-directed, motivated, team player who is a good communicator
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send a cover letter stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Board and resume to irptrainer@jhr.ca.
We thank all applicants for applying but only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.


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