|Editor In Chief
Location: remote, 0
Posted: March 13, 2021
Are you passionate about Canadian news, but frustrated by how grassroots stories of social change are so often missing or misrepresented in traditional media? Do you understand the
power of journalism to not only expose injustice, but also to propose alternatives to the challenges of our times? Do you want to be part of a highly-respected independent, Canadian progressive media platform? If this sounds like you, read on.
Founded in 2001, rabble.ca, Canada's first digital-only national non-profit media, seeks an Editor-in-Chief (EIC) to join our dynamic team.
rabble.ca is unique in the media environment. It is a national online forum for daily news and analysis, focused on Canadian politics, grassroots communities, and labour, while also hosting
community discussion and shared spaces.
The ideal candidate for this position believes in social, racial, worker and environmental justice; is resourceful, works independently, but enjoys managing a diverse team, and has a capacity for
juggling – and delivering on - many projects simultaneously.
rabble.ca's content is not hidden behind a paywall, and our revenue model relies on building a community of readers who are willing to donate to pay for journalism.
The EIC is responsible for the daily multi-media journalism of rabble.ca, which includes news and news analysis, opinion, book reviews, and other content. He/she/they manage and grow our columnists, staff contributors, and freelancers, and oversee editorial planning.
This position requires strong time management skills, flexibility and adaptability in dealing with evolving and changing demands, and, most importantly, a creative approach to making a big impact with a small budget. The person in this role must manage their own schedule and
deliverables, and work closely and collaboratively with the rabble team.
Major areas of responsibility involve journalistic and copy editing, writing original material, editorial planning and assignment of tasks, and mentorship of writers and other contributors. The Editor-in-Chief reports to the Publisher.
The EIC will join a remote office environment. He/she/they could work from a rabble office space in Toronto; however, for the right candidate, this position can be based anywhere in Canada.
- The Editor-in-Chief manages journalism and opinion, co-ordinates beat or guest editors, as well as regular staff contributors, interns, columnists, podcasters, freelancers, and volunteers.
- The EIC is also expected to write original news-analysis pieces for rabble on a regular basis, to be determined in discussion with the publisher.
- Daily, the EIC updates rabble's editorial calendar and edits and publishes a variety of content, with the support of an assistant editor. This requires juggling the planned editorial schedule with emerging coverage priorities.
- The EIC selects, edits and posts a daily front-page photo feature; works with the digital engagement editor to ensure content follows best practices, following rabble's social media posting guidelines; and ensures the flow of email newsletters.
rabble.ca recognizes the importance of an inclusive workplace and a diverse workforce and is committed to equity in its policies and practices, supports diversity in its journalistic and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under employment equity. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of the rabble.ca community are encouraged to apply.
- Candidates must possess above average project and people management skills; a demonstrated ability to multi-task and to meet deadlines; a collaborative approach to teamwork in a remote workplace;
- Extensive editing experience in a daily news media environment, including experience in a senior editor role in a news media organization is required;
- A journalism degree or equivalent experience – with high-level skills at writing and journalistic editing;
- Demonstrated and thorough knowledge of Canadian (and, to an extent, world) affairs;
- An understanding of rabble's history and mission, of the Canadian progressive media world, in general, and of media overall in Canada;
- Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in progressive politics, social and labor movements, and current national affairs, including Indigenous-led activism, environmental justice, and migrant justice issues;
- A passion for all the digital tools available to journalists and experience in putting them to use; and
- Familiarity with Drupal, WordPress, and photo editing software. Familiarity with Google Analytics, Basecamp, Slack.
Contract rate: Starting annual rate of $48,750
Terms: Employee. Position is under review.
Closing date: Open until filled. Interviews will begin March 26th
In the spirit of the virtual office, only electronic applications will be accepted.
Please note: we thank all who apply, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews for this position will take place on a rolling basis, so don’t delay sending in your application.
Please send a single PDF of your resume, a cover letter (stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board), a short (up to 500 words) writing sample outlining your vision for the future of rabble.ca, with your full name and "Editor in Chief" as the subject of the email to:
192 Spadina Avenue, Suite # 335
Tel: (888) 656-0999