Now Hiring: Summer Sports Journalist

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Job title: Summer Sports Journalist
Publication: Ottawa Sportspage
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
Application Deadline: May 17, 2018
Period of employment: June 18-August 10, 2018
Hours: 30 hours/week
Wages: $14/hour ($3,360 for full 8-week term)

The Ottawa Community Sport Media Team is currently seeking a journalist for an 8-week period this summer, from June 18-August 10, 2018.

About our organization:

The Ottawa Community Sport Media Team is a not-for-profit organization devoted to celebrating the successes of our local amateur sports community through the Ottawa Sportspage newspaper and SportsOttawa.com web site, and to provide free sports opportunities in conjunction with our partner sports clubs to local low-income children and youth.

The Ottawa Sportspage newspaper is a free monthly newspaper that covers high school, university, community club, junior leagues and elite amateur sport. Our motivation is to recognize the achievements of Ottawa’s grassroots sports community, which are almost always overlooked by other media sources. Our web home at SportsOttawa.com has the same focus. Find out more at: https://sportsottawa.com/content/ottawa-sportspage-0/

Our organization also works hand-in-hand with the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation’s recLINK program to deliver free sports opportunities to children/youth from local social housing communities in a program called the Connecting Athletes of All Means to Paths in Sport Project (CAMPS Project). Find out more at: http://ottawasportscamps.ca/about-us/

About the position:

The Summer Sports Journalist will create content for the Ottawa Sportspage and our CAMPS Project partners. Duties will include:

–Composing stories for the Ottawa Sportspage & SportsOttawa.com
-Covering live local sports events
-Conducting interviews (in person, by phone or online)
-Taking photos when necessary

–Content creation for partner sports clubs
-Create videos on partners’ programs for OttawaSportsCAMPS.ca/the clubs’ own utilization
-Create promotional columns for newspaper
-Photos/videos for CAMPS Project in-house use
-Updating WordPress web sites
-Partner social media recognition

The successful candidate will:

– Have journalistic writing experience and a knowledge of newspaper style
– Have strong video skills, including technical and editing abilities
– Have a passion for sports and be familiar with a wide range of sports
– Be personable and confident in interacting with sources
– Be resourceful and have the drive to track down what’s needed for stories in an amateur sport setting
– Be well-organized and capable of managing logistics effectively
– Be able to handle many assignments at once and meet all deadlines
– Find good story ideas and angles for stories
– Have the ability to take photos
– Have solid computer skills (experience with Adobe InDesign an asset)
– Enrolment in post-secondary journalism program or related field & student press experience are definite assets

This position has received funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program. In order to be eligible for this position, it is required that the candidate:

(a) is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
(b) was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
(c) intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
(d) is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;
(e) is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Foreign students are not eligible.) and;
(f) is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

The Summer Journalist will receive assignments from the Ottawa Sportspage‘s Editor and the Ottawa Community Sport Media Team’s Executive Director.

The position will permit flexible work hours, though some work on evenings or weekends is likely in order to attend live sports events. The Journalist will be based at their home/remote office, with in-person supervision meetings scheduled weekly, along with frequent contact by phone and e-mail.

Phone interviews for select candidates will be conducted the week of May 22. Finalists will be asked to complete a story assignment, for which they will be paid on a freelance basis, that will appear in the June edition of the Ottawa Sportspage. The successful candidate will be notified in early June.

Interested candidates should submit their applications – including CV and writing/video/photography samples (in .pdf format or online links), and a cover letter if desired – to execdir@sportsottawa.com by Thursday, May 17.

Contact info:
Dan Plouffe
Executive Director
Ottawa Sportspage
345 Meadowbreeze Dr.
Kanata, ON
K2M 0K3, Canada
Tel: (613) 261-5838
E-mail: execdir@sportsottawa.com
Web address: SportsOttawa.com

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