The Narwhal B.C. Bureau Chief

We’re hiring: B.C. Bureau Chief

Location: Anywhere in B.C.

Hours: Full time (willing to consider reduced week for right candidate)

Salary: $75,000-$90,000

Type: Permanent employee

Deadline: Nov. 25, 2021

Start date: Jan. 10, 2022

About us

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.

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

The B.C. Bureau Chief will be responsible for managing a team of four full-time reporters, plus a roster of freelancers to produce the original, in-depth and award-winning journalism The Narwhal is known for. Think punchy, context-rich news stories that get beyond the superficial headlines; deeply reported and visually rich features that tell a side of the story never told before; and conversation-generating investigations.

The successful candidate will have a track record of producing groundbreaking journalism on subjects of vital public interest, a commitment to The Narwhal’s journalistic ethos and an affinity for the energy and environment beat. 

The B.C. Bureau Chief will report to the Executive Editor.

Responsibilities

  • Conceptualize, assign and edit digital content
  • Raise The Narwhal’s profile as a leading authority on energy and environment issues in B.C.
  • Manage a team of four full-time reporters and a growing freelance roster
  • Manage a content calendar of upcoming stories and deadlines 
  • Champion The Narwhal’s ad-free, reader-funded, non-profit journalism model 

Required skills and experience

  • At least six years experience as an editor, including assigning and editing for a publication with a digital presence
  • Familiarity with The Narwhal
  • A track record of covering the Canadian energy and environment beat 
  • Experience covering, commissioning or editing incisive stories on Indigenous issues and the environment
  • A strong and diverse network of sources in urban and rural B.C., including in government, politics, academia and racialized communities
  • A compelling editorial vision, and a robust list of story ideas that align with The Narwhal’s mission
  • Experience assigning and editing investigative, longform, breaking news and explanatory articles
  • Excellent writing, editing and collaboration skills, including a firm grasp of CP Style
  • Familiarity with the FOI and ATIP systems and understanding of how to use compelling evidence in reporting
  • Ability to respond to rapidly shifting priorities and demands based on organizational needs and the news cycle
  • Commitment to ensuring that The Narwhal provides an outlet for a rich diversity of voices and viewpoints, and access to networks to draw in diverse new contributors
  • A track record of successfully managing a team and mentoring up-and-coming journalists

Desired skills and experience

  • Familiarity with solutions journalism and a commitment to complicating the narrative 
  • Understanding of new business models for journalism, especially membership

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. 

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé and three writing samples to hiring@thenarwhal.ca by Nov. 25, 2021, at the latest. Please put “B.C. bureau chief” in the subject line.

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

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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