June  18, 2021
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General Assignment Journalist

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General Assignment Journalist REF#: JG31403
Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posted: June 8, 2021


Who We Are
CFWE (Edmonton) and CJWE (Calgary) are country music stations—classic to contemporary. CIWE The Raven (Edmonton) is a station featuring classic rock, blues, hip hop and oldies. All are owned and operated by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta (AMMSA).  The stations feature content from Indigenous artists throughout the broadcast week. While people come for the music, they stay for the culture. We feature five Indigenous languages—Cree, Nakoda, Dene, Blackfoot and Michif, and begin each day with a prayer in an Indigenous language. We have daily hour-long language lessons in Cree and Nakoda, and host entire hours-long music segments in Indigenous languages. We have teachings and stories from Elders and knowledge keepers. We feature powwow and round dance music. We are Alberta’s only Indigenous radio network, and have one of Alberta’s largest FM commercial radio footprints. AMMSA is a not-for-profit society working toward the betterment of Indigenous communities.

Our Team:
Bert Crowfoot is the founder, CEO and President. Jeremy Harpe is the Program Director. Deb Steel is the News Director. You will be working with this team as we cover the news important to the 250,000-plus Indigenous peoples in Alberta, and the non-Indigenous allies that join us daily. Coverage areas encompass five Treaty areas and 140 reserves, six zones within Métis Nation of Alberta and eight Métis Settlements. Each of these bodies deliver many essential services—health, housing, education, child welfare, cultural and language revitalization, government lobbying, traditional lands and resource planning and use, economic rebuilding, and more. There are also off reserve/settlement Indigenous communities within municipalities that have specific information needs beyond the non-Indigenous populations. We will provide the authentic daily news about services/initiatives/concerns/goals/legislative implementation, nation-building, health and wellbeing, and (let’s not forget) sports and entertainment. AMMSA is committed to providing information reflecting Indigenous life, worldview and culture to a growing, diverse audience, and providing objective, mature and balanced coverage of the news required by Indigenous peoples and those on their reconciliation paths. All this while maintaining profound respect for the values, principles and traditions of Indigenous peoples.

It’s local and hyperlocal journalism

The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) program was launched by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and funded by the Government of Canada. The program focuses on diverse, local communities that may be underserved in the Canadian news landscape. The goal is to increase the production of community and civic news in those areas and to make that news more accessible across the country. The LJI program amplifies original, local community news.

Description of the journalist position:
  • Title: General Assignment Journalist
  • Term: 9-month contract position
  • Salary: 39 weeks/37.5 hours per week/$33,637.00
  • Ideal Start Date: July 6, 2021
  • Expected working hours: Monday to Friday generally, though coverage over the weekend or after hours may be required.


Job Requirements
  • A degree or diploma in Journalism, Communications or Arts from an accredited academic or technical institution OR have equivalent experience in broadcast, print/digital journalism (minimum 5 years of journalistic/radio experience).
  • Knowledge of Indigenous peoples, communities, culture, issues and concerns is an asset.
  • Excellent radio, interview and communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills and research.
  • Strong people skills: You are a great listener, speaker and interviewer
  • Deadline-driven and have an eye for detail
  • Knowledge of community and regional concerns or news and a passion for local journalism
  • Strong skills in both a team setting and with independent work.
  • Audio production skills and understanding of the radio community environment
  • Critical thinking and ability to analyze issues and to remain impartial
  • Social media savvy, for both posting and research purposes
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel from base operationS
Other qualifications/requirements
  • Understanding diversity, different perspectives and sensitive/complex issues.
  • Desire to drive news and interest in reporting on a range of topics.
  • Attend editorial meetings with station and LJI coordinators as needed.

AMMSA encourages applications from a diverse range of candidates, including (but not limited to) women, BIPOC individuals, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and people living with disabilities.

Thank you to everyone for your interest in the LJI program. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

This position is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.

We’re looking for a dynamic, determined journalist who cares about local, community and civic journalism.

If that sounds like you, please apply to Deb Steel at debsteel@ammsa.com with a cover letter describing why you want to work at the station, a current resume and a few examples of your work.

Please state in your application that you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board.

Deb Steel
Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta
13245-146 St
Edmonton , Alberta

E-mail: debsteel@ammsa.com
Web address: http://www.cfweradio.ca

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