LJI Journalist – Job Posting (Immediate)

Who We Are

CHUO 89.1 FM is a bilingually licensed, community-powered independent radio station broadcasting at 89.1 FM since May 31 1991.  Tune in to hear unique and local programming, produced by and for our community.

With the support of the CRFC, we recently launched a NEWS department – creating a style guide, developing and launching a training program and broadcasting our first NEWScasts.  We are proud to be airing daily headlines – for the Morning Shift, and updated French and English language versions throughout the day.

Description of the LJI Program

It’s 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 is focusing on diverse, local communities that may be underserved in the Canadian news landscape. The goal is to increase the production of news in those areas and to make that news more accessible across the country. We’re elevating original, local news.

Description of the Journalist Position

  • Title: Journalist
  • Term: Three-Month, Contract Position
  • Salary: $18/hour, 15 hrs/week
  • Ideal Start Date: ASAP
  • Expected Working Hours: Variable schedule with some weekend or after-hours work required

Job Requirements — Who You Are

  • Hold 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 or writing.
  • Excellent writing skills and research. You love storytelling — from the initial pitch to the publication
  • Strong people skills — you are a great listener.
  • Eye for detail and deadline-driven.
  • Knowledge of Ottawa – Gatineau’s Black 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.
  • Social media savvy.
  • Sense of humour.

Other Qualifications/Requirements

  • Understanding with diversity, different perspectives and sensitive/complex issues.
  • Desire to drive news and interest in reporting on a range of topics (can include a list of your station’s reporting beats or needs like city hall, courthouse, band council or issues like affordable housing, employment, environmental concerns, mental health, poverty, Indigenous rights, LGBTQ+ rights, etc.)
  • Assist with training and coordinating the station’s volunteers.
  • Attend editorial meetings with the station and LJI coordinators as needed.

We’re looking for dynamic, determined journalists to cover underrepresented communities with a focus on Ottawa-Gatineau’s Black population.

If that sounds like you, please apply to [email protected]  with a cover letter describing why you want to work at the station, a current resume and a few examples of your work.

CHUO 89.1 FM encourages applications from a diverse range of candidates, including (but not limited to) women, people of colour, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities.

Thank you to everyone for your interest in the LJI program. Unfortunately, we can’t respond to all applicants  – 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.