Manitoba drought climate change

We’re hiring: Manitoba Environment Reporter

As The Narwhal expands its pod on the Prairies, we’re looking for a talented and motivated reporter to join our team, in collaboration with our partners at the Winnipeg Free Press

Location: Anywhere in Manitoba, with the option of working out of the Winnipeg Free Press office

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

Salary: $60,000-$70,000

Type: Full-time permanent

Deadline: Jan. 13, 2022

The Narwhal and the Winnipeg Free Press are looking for an experienced reporter to join our newsrooms.

Who are we?

This position is a collaboration of The Narwhal and the Winnipeg Free Press, with the goal of filling a void for in-depth and investigative environmental journalism in Manitoba. 

The reporter will be an employee of The Narwhal and will work collaboratively with editors and other journalists from the Winnipeg Free Press, which operates the biggest newsroom west of Toronto, and The Narwhal.

The Narwhal is an award-winning online magazine that publishes in-depth and investigative journalism about Canada’s natural world. Think of The Narwhal as part newsroom, part non-profit and part start-up. 

The Winnipeg Free Press is an independent publisher serving the city of Winnipeg and surrounding communities. The oldest newspaper in Western Canada, the Free Press has been published since 1872 on Treaty 1 land and the homeland of the Metis.

Together, we are looking for a reporter who will be responsible for producing the kind of in-depth, context-rich journalism The Narwhal is known for, while combining the trusted local knowledge and expertise the Winnipeg Free Press has been offering Manitobans for nearly 150 years. Think punchy, context-rich news stories that get beyond the headlines; deeply reported and visually rich features that tell a side of the story never told before; and conversation-generating investigations about topics that impact Manitobans and their communities.

The storytellers in any society hold tremendous power. We recognize that this power represents both a privilege and a responsibility and we aim to use this power for the public good. We are 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 Prairies are at the heart of many national and international debates about energy, the climate and the natural world. 

We are searching for an empathetic, dedicated and fastidious journalist who is committed to diving deeper and bridging divides, while generating coverage that appeals to a growing audience of people from all walks of life.

The successful candidate has a track record of creating strong and trustworthy journalism and is committed to truth, transparency and democracy. They will shine a light on how decisions by politicians, business leaders and other stakeholders impact the climate crisis, Indigenous Rights, endangered species, natural resource extraction, environmental racism and public infrastructure in Manitoba.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of producing stories that help the public better understand complicated subjects and will excel at speaking directly to the people and communities affected by resource issues.

The candidate will need a keen interest and understanding of how federal, provincial and municipal development projects get approved, while being sensitive to the challenges and opportunities of reporting in vulnerable communities that suffer the most under the status quo. 

From hydroelectricity to agriculture to the legacy of Canada’s colonial history, the ideal candidate is eager to tackle a range of stories and be comfortable with filing news stories, in-depth, character-driven features and investigative reports that help readers make sense of complex issues. 

The successful candidate will join a team of journalists from across the country and report directly to The Narwhal’s Prairies Bureau Chief in collaboration with the Enterprise Editor at the Winnipeg Free Press.

Qualifications:

  • Five years of reporting experience as a professional journalist, ideally on the Prairies
  • Familiarity with The Narwhal and the Winnipeg Free Press and specifically with The Narwhal’s code of ethics and the ethics guides of the National NewsMedia Council (of which the Winnipeg Free Press is a member)
  • Demonstrated experience with building trust with a network of sources
  • Great ideas to pitch in areas such as natural resource management and development, environmental racism, conservation (especially Indigenous-led) and the transition to a low-carbon economy
  • Experience breaking original investigative stories, preferably on energy and the environment
  • Commitment to accuracy and fact-checking
  • Knowledge of freedom of information systems and understands how to use compelling evidence and documents in their reporting
  • Can find their way around a spreadsheet and has experience using publicly available data to inform reporting
  • Familiarity with solutions journalism and a commitment to complicating the narrative 
  • Experience in reporting on the intersection of Indigenous Rights and environmental issues
  • Demonstrated commitment to illustrating new, diverse, marginalized and underrepresented perspectives 
  • Track record of delving into complex stories and making them accessible to readers
  • Enthusiasm about bringing policy and decisions to life through the lived experiences of individuals and communities
  • Resident of Manitoba, or willing to move to the province within one month of accepting the position

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 — except that the candidate must be a resident of Manitoba or willing to relocate. 

What we offer

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

This position has been created with support from The Winnipeg Foundation. As per this 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 Jan. 13, 2022, at the latest. Please put “Manitoba environment reporter” in the subject line.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted further. No calls please. We anticipate beginning the interview process in January.

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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