June  17, 2024
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2024 BIPOC Art and Design Fellowship

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2024 BIPOC Art and Design Fellowship REF#: JG33568
The Narwhal
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Posted: June 7, 2024
Deadline: June 30, 2024
Salary: $3,000-$4,000/month


Apply for The Narwhal’s 2024 BIPOC Art and Design Fellowship

The Narwhal is excited to offer a new art and design fellowship for early to mid-career illustrators and/or designers who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour. 

Our team has been recognized for its ability to make complex challenges into understandable and beautiful stories. We’d like to dive deeper and bring new visual ideas to life that support our written storytelling. 

We know that the design industry is err … not known for its diversity. This art and design fellowship was conceived to help change that a little.  

About the fellowship

Location: Anywhere in Canada. Remote or in-person option available, depending on your location. The Narwhal has offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Victoria.

Hours: Flexible, three to four days a week (22.5 - 30 hrs/wk)

Salary: $3,000 to $4,000 per month depending on agreed work hours. This is equivalent to a full-time salary of $60,000 per year. 

Type: 3-month fixed term contract 

Deadline: June 30, 2024 (11:59pm PT)

Start date: Sept 3, 2024

This fellowship offers one person mentorship and the opportunity to produce art and design for The Narwhal. The fellow will work directly with Shawn Parkinson, our creative director, to gain experience in art/editorial planning and production and feature layout and design. They will also have the opportunity to collaborate with Karan Saxena, our audience engagement editor, on design work tailored to different platforms.

The fellowship also provides the recipient the opportunity to pitch and produce a unique visual journalism project that aims to do what The Narwhal does best: express our complex relationships with the natural world. This project could be done by the fellow on their own or in collaboration with one of our reporters, once the plan is approved by an editor.

The fellow will receive a salary equivalent to $60,000 per year, adjusted according to their agreed working week. The recipient will work closely with our creative director, and they will have opportunities to collaborate with other members of our team across the country. The fellow will also, if needed, be provided access to equipment and software required to support their work. 

About The Narwhal
The Narwhal is an award-winning online magazine that publishes in-depth journalism about the natural world. As a leader in non-profit journalism in Canada, The Narwhal is supported by more than 6,000 monthly members. 

The storytellers in any society hold tremendous power. At The Narwhal, we recognize that this power represents both a privilege and a responsibility and we aim to use this power for the public good. The Narwhal is committed to building a team that reflects the communities we serve and we recognize we have a lot of work to do in this area.  

A team that reflects the communities we work in enhances the relevance and substance of our journalism and is essential in fulfilling our mission to foster a deeper understanding of some of the most contentious issues of our time. The Narwhal endorses the calls to action on media diversity by Canadian Journalists of Colour and the Canadian Association of Black Journalists.


Who should apply? 
We’d love to hear from designers, illustrators, journalists or data journalists who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour and would like to use their unique talents to bring stories about the natural world to life visually. Applicants could be early to mid-career or looking to augment their trajectory toward visual design. Applicants must be based in Canada and should be available to work with us ideally four days a week from September through November 2024.

So who are we looking for? Maybe you’re an illustrator or designer interested in bringing your talents to journalism. Perhaps you’re a reporter with a passion for design. Or you’re a cartographer who would like to put environment stories on the map. If you can see your talents helping The Narwhal tell visual stories about the natural world in Canada, we want to hear from you!

We understand that a career in the arts is often a winding path (just ask our creative director). If you wonder whether you’re the right fit for this fellowship or have questions before you fill out the application, email us at hiring@thenarwhal.ca.

What we look for in an application
The successful applicant will clearly demonstrate why they’d like to use their artistic and design talents to tell impactful stories. Show us some of your past work and tell us about the work you hope to produce in the future. Tell us why your unique talents, past experience and passion are a good fit for The Narwhal. 

Not sure what The Narwhal is all about? Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside track on what we report on and why. Get familiar with our storytelling prior to applying to make sure this is the right role for you.  

To apply, please submit a résumé, two examples of past work and an application form directly through this link in BambooHR. Applications are due June 30, 2024. Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. Please state you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board.

The Narwhal is working to build an inclusive and equitable team that reflects the communities we serve. People who identify as being from marginalized communities, including Indigenous Peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people identifying as 2SLGBTQ+, and people from low-income backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Disability-related accommodations are available for candidates taking part in our hiring process. We will ask candidates selected for an interview about any accessibility needs ahead of the scheduled interview.

Shawn Parkinson
The Narwhal

E-mail: hiring@thenarwhal.ca
Web address: http://https://thenarwhal.ca/

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