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The Independent is expanding and looking to refresh its list of freelance journalists for one-off and/or recurring assignments. See below for more information.

We also have 2 temporary positions available, Deputy Editor and Journalist (Canada Summer Jobs). For these positions, please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] before Sunday, May 22.

The Independent values ​​equity and diversity and encourages applicants from all backgrounds. Qualified candidates from underrepresented groups will be prioritized for all positions. Please see our hiring policy below.

Deputy Editor

Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Associate Editor works with freelance writers to develop stories assigned by the Editor-in-Chief, edits content for copy and styling, publishes stories to the website, and performs related assignments as assigned.

6 month contract, (June to November) approximately 15 hours per week, $22.50 per hour.

Qualifications:

  • Experience supervising others
  • Experience writing for news media
  • Editing experience for copying, styling and understanding
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Knowledge of web publishing (i.e. WordPress)
  • Education is an asset but not a requirement

Candidates must have their own computer and Internet access. This is a work from home position, open to any candidate in Newfoundland and Labrador. Applicants should send their cover letter and CV to [email protected] before Sunday, May 22.

Journalist (Canada Summer Jobs)

This position is for a journalist who meets the following criteria mandated by the Canada Summer Jobs funding program:

(a) is between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the start of his employment;

(b) is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person granted refugee protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*; and

(c) is legally authorized to work in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial laws and regulations.

*International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

8 week contract, (June to July) 35 hours per week, $20 per hour.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Receive assignments for articles, evaluate leads and pitch compelling story ideas to the editor, review and edit work for editorial approval, and collaborate with other journalists and editors
  • Gather information for newsworthy stories through observations, interviews, surveys and research
  • Travel to various locations to find current and relevant details about newsworthy events in real time and after the fact
  • Analyze facts and information and determine the most effective way to tell the story
  • Write and report stories according to prescribed style guides
  • Conduct research and collect data for other journalists
  • Certain social media and website updates/maintenance (SEO, etc.)

Candidates must have their own computer and Internet access. This is a work from home position, open to any candidate in Newfoundland and Labrador. Applicants should send their cover letter and CV to [email protected] before Sunday, May 22.

Independents

We invite freelancers to submit their information via this form. This is an open and continuous call for one-off and/or recurring assignments.

At this time, we are specifically looking for writers and reporters to cover arts and culture, municipal affairs (outside of St. John’s), and in-depth journalism that focuses on areas outside of St. John’s. John’s.

Other editorial priorities include:

  • provincial politics
  • environment and climate change
  • Indigenous issues
  • social justice
  • Health care
  • work
  • immigration / multiculturalism

Please indicate on the form if there are any other specific topics you wish to cover.

Please see our rates here.

Fairness Statement

(This statement was developed and used with permission from our good friends at Briarpatch.)

The Independent recognizes that in Canada, the legacy of oppression and genocide lives on, among other things, through hiring practices. White people, settlers, cis people, straight people, wealthy people and men have access to and are hired in preference to permanent, well-paying and highly valued jobs over Indigenous people, black people, people of color, women , trans people, queer people, people with disabilities, the poor and working classes.

Within the media, an important mechanism for social change, this produces a ripple effect. Stories by and about marginalized groups are often diluted, symbolized and sidelined, if not completely ignored. This limits the ability of people from marginalized groups to make claims and change the conditions of their oppression. One of the ways The Independent is helping to restore justice is by implementing socially just hiring practices that counter these legacies. Through this practice, we strive to ensure that The Independent values ​​and centers the leadership of people from groups that are historically and currently identified as targets of genocide and oppression.

If you are applying for a position and would like to be considered a member of an equity-seeking group, please indicate this in your application. If you have any concerns about a job posting or other hiring issue, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

Head of Operations at The Independent, Erin is an admin who loves spreadsheets, chats and getting things done.

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