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We’re hiring: Climate Investigations Reporter

As The Narwhal continues its expansion, we are looking for a talented and tenacious investigative journalist to join our team and lead our climate investigations

Location: Preference for candidates in Ottawa

Hours: Full time (37.5 hours a week, with flexibility)

Salary: $60,000-$70,000

Type: Permanent employee

Start date: Jan. 10, 2022

Deadline: Nov. 29, 2021

Who are we?

The Narwhal is an award-winning online magazine that publishes in-depth and investigative journalism about Canada’s natural world. 

Think of us as part newsroom, part non-profit and part start-up. As a non-profit, reader-funded news organization, our goal isn’t to sell advertising or to please corporate bigwigs — it’s to bring evidence-based news and analysis to the surface for all Canadians. We’re leading a revolution in public-interest journalism that is reinvigorating the relationship between readers and the reporters who hustle on their behalf — and we want you to join us.

We are looking for an experienced investigative journalist who will be responsible for investigating the role of the fossil fuel industry in shaping — and delaying — climate policy in Canada. 

The storytellers in any society hold tremendous power. At The Narwhal, we recognize that this power represents both a privilege and a responsibility and we aim to use this power for the public good. The Narwhal is working to build an inclusive and equitable team that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from communities traditionally underrepresented in this field. 

About the gig

Canadian provincial and federal governments have long played a key role in driving or obstructing international efforts to take action on the climate crisis.

For decades, warnings and proposed solutions from scientists and policy experts have made it to the desks of the most powerful people in the country and yet, much of that advice hasn’t resulted in meaningful action.

For too long, government officials have made many decisions in darkness, without enough journalists to investigate, uncover and expose how fossil fuel lobbyists and spin doctors have blocked climate progress. In this new role, you’ll get a chance to dig deep to reveal exactly who has access to power and what they do with that access. 

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a keen understanding of how federal, provincial and municipal climate policy is developed and how fossil fuel lobbyists aim to influence governments, while being sensitive to the challenges and opportunities of reporting in vulnerable communities that suffer the most under the status quo. 

You are a trustworthy team player who is eager to collaborate with colleagues on national investigations that require strong teamwork, patience and tenacity.

Required qualifications

  • Five years of reporting experience as a professional journalist, ideally with some experience covering the federal government in Ottawa and at least one year of experience doing in-depth, investigative or enterprise reporting
  • Familiarity with The Narwhal 
  • Has broken original investigative stories, preferably on energy and the environment
  • Has a deep understanding of The Narwhal’s code of ethics as well as the principles of responsible journalism, as defined by the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Knows the FOI and ATIP systems across Canada and understands how to use compelling evidence in documents in their reporting
  • Knows and understands lobbying rules and legislation across the country and how to find publicly available information about lobbying activity
  • Has experience and knowledge of how to search for public records in courthouses and a range of public registries in North America
  • Familiarity with spreadsheets and experience using publicly available data to inform reporting
  • Has demonstrated experience with building a network of sources
  • Has a track record in producing reports that connect complex government processes to the realities of daily life

Desired skills (nice to haves)

  • Familiarity with solutions journalism and a commitment to complicating the narrative 
  • Experience in doing collaborative investigations, working as a team player with colleagues from within your newsroom or with co-productions involving more than one media outlet

What we offer

  • Group health benefits after three months
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A fun, flexible, digital workplace with a vibrant, collaborative culture
  • Four weeks vacation to start 

Please don’t be discouraged from applying if you do not possess the precise combination of all of the skills, attributes, qualifications and experience listed above. 

This position has been created with support from the Trottier Family Foundation. As per The Narwhal’s editorial independence policy, the foundation has no editorial input.

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé and three writing samples to hiring@thenarwhal.ca by Nov. 29, 2021. Please put “Climate Investigations” in the subject line.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further. No calls please. We anticipate beginning the interview process in early December.

The Narwhal is working to build an inclusive and equitable team that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from communities traditionally underrepresented in this field.

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