LJI Journalist, Windspeaker.com

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). 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, and the municipalities where off-reserve, off-settlement peoples live and work.

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--Radio
  • Term: Short term position with the possibility of extension

Ideal Start Date: January 2022

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 deb.steel@windspeakermedia.com with a cover letter describing why you want to work at the station, a current resume and a few examples of your work.

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.