Wawatay News/Wawatay News Online
Associate Editor Intern
Start Date: TBD
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Hours: 35 hours/week
This is a PAID internship opportunity for 1-year
Wawatay Communications Society is Not for Profit Communications Company with Divisions in Print Media and Radio. Published by Wawatay Communications Society since 1974, the monthly newspaper is distributed to more than 80 First Nations across Northern Ontario and to Aboriginal people living in the region's towns and cities. Wawatay News features Aboriginal news, people, culture and language. Ours is the only newspaper that publishes stories in English and the Aboriginal languages of Northern Ontario – Ojibway, OjiCree and Cree. Wawatay News is also consistently recognized for journalistic excellence. Over the past four years, we have received 16 national and provincial newspaper awards. Wawatay News coverage and distribution area serves an Aboriginal population of almost 58,000. Wawatay News also provides translation services in Ojibway, OjiCree and Cree languages from English.
Functions and Duties:
The following are some of the key tasks of the Associate Editor Intern. The Managing Editor will add, remove or change key functions to meet the changing needs of Wawatay News/Wawatay News Online.
The Associate Editor Intern will:
Assist the Managing Editor on the daily operations of Wawatay News and Wawatay News Online. This will include:
• Proof reading the newspaper and electronic publications
• Maintaining Wawatay's social media channels
• Providing daily story updates to Wawatay News Online
• Covering news events in the Timmins area for publication
• Identify potential interview subjects and breaking news stories
• Develop and maintain local and regional contacts
• Meet daily and weekly deadlines
• Assist the Sales Team with invoicing and invoice collecting
• Have weekly story meetings with the Managing Editor
• Other duties as assigned
The Associate Editor Intern is accountable to the Managing Editor.
Division of Responsibilities:
The majority of duties and responsibilities include responsibility for editorial content; monitoring of news coverage and trends; developing, researching, and producing major news reports; ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions; ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure; ability and willingness to work well with others; a demonstrated ability to write stories under breaking news conditions; and a willingness to work varied shifts independently or as part of a team.
The ideal candidate will have:
• A minimum 2-year degree or diploma in the field of Journalism, Media Relations, or Communications. Or have suitable work experience.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Knowledge of Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree culture and communities in the Wawatay service area
• Ability to work in a PC or Mac computer environment and a working knowledge of programs used for word processing and photo editing, as well as an ability to use digital audio equipment
• A valid Ontario driver’s license
• The ability to speak and write in Ojibway, Oji-Cree or Cree would be an asset
Preference will be giving to First Nations applicants. Please no phone calls.
To apply send your resume and cover letter to: