Ottawa Sportspage job posting



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Job title: Sports Journalist
Publication: Ottawa Sportspage
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
Application Deadline: May 24, 2020
Salary: $14/hour

The Ottawa Sportspage is currently seeking to hire a journalist for a position offered as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program.

The start date will likely be influenced by the lifting of COVID-related restrictions on the Canadian sports world. The work hours will be flexible (full-time or part-time will be possible), along with the dates of employment. Total number of paid hours is anticipated between 280-560). Applicants must meet the following criteria:

• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
• have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

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 web site, and to provide free sports opportunities in conjunction with our partner sports clubs to low-income children and youth.

Published seven times per year, the Ottawa Sportspage is a free 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 has the same focus.

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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).

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About the position:

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

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

–Content creation for partner sports clubs
-Create promotional content on partners’ programs for clubs’ own utilization
-Create sponsored columns for newspaper
-Update WordPress web sites
-Partner social media recognition

The successful candidate will:

– Have journalistic writing experience and a knowledge of newspaper style
– 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 solid video skills, including technical and editing abilities
– Have the ability to take photos & work with newspaper layout programs
– Have excellent computer skills
– Experience in post-secondary journalism program (or related field) and/or with student press are definite assets

The Sports 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 Sports 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 are planned for May 27/28. Finalists will be asked to complete a story assignment – for which they will be paid on a freelance basis – within the following two weeks, to be published in the next edition of the Ottawa Sportspage.

Stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin’s Journalism Job Board, 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 by Sunday, May 24.

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