Callouts from across the Canadian journalism industry
Read on for cool opportunities from The Narwhal, Inspirit Foundation and Google News Initiative Canada.
Hey y’all! Anita here. For the last year or so, I’ve been that person who talks nonstop about their upcoming wedding and now that I’ve gotten hitched, I’ve become that person who talks nonstop about their honeymoon plans. All that to say I’ve headed off on a much-needed break for the next while, so see ya on the other side! 🏖️
Since last month’s edition of The Other Wave, I’ve received quite a few requests from Canadian journalism colleagues to amplify their callouts. So, since I’ll be OOO for several weeks, I’m keeping this newsletter simple and sharing a roundup of them:
The Narwhal is seeking a bullying and harassment trainer
Editor-in-chief Emma Gilchrist asked me for referrals for someone who understands the Canadian journalism industry to provide bullying and harassment training for The Narwhal team. Here’s what she said:
“It's important to keep in compliance with provincial work safety guidelines, but we don't want it to feel like a box-ticking exercise and we'd like it to acknowledge the reality of online harassment of journalists….The typical workplace bullying and harassment trainings are very pro forma and that just doesn't feel right to us when so many members of our team experience regular harassment. We're interested in someone who can be sensitive to that. Because we have staff across the country, they could be based anywhere in Canada, so long as they're familiar with employment law.”
Inspirit Foundation is seeking a program manager
Jozef Agtarap, communications and outreach manager for Inspirit, asked me to spread the word about a new position the foundation is hiring for. Here’s more about how to apply:
“As you may have seen on social media or our website, Inspirit's small and mighty team is growing! We are hiring a Program Manager with a deep commitment to pluralism to support our grant programs and build relationships with a diversity of stakeholders. We are particularly interested in candidates who have working proficiency in both French and English, or are Indigenous. View the detailed job description here.”
Google News Initiative is seeking a news lab lead for Canada
Andrew Wicken, Google’s head of news partnerships for Canada, asked me to amplify this role, which is focused on empowering technology-driven storytelling in newsrooms to help strengthen quality journalism across the web through partnerships and training. Key requirements include bilingualism, being based in Toronto or Montreal and demonstrating passion for and/or experience in the news industry (ideally as a journalist).
“I'm super excited about this as it's the first time we've hired a full-time lead for Canada. The focus here is around engaging and partnering with the journalism community more specifically, including journalism associations and schools, as well as delivering on our goal to train 5,000 journalists on digital tools over the next 3 years.”
Quick and Clean
“In my community” and “Cool stuff I like” will be back…
CPAC just released a recording of “Polarization and Public Policy in Canada,” a March panel discussion hosted by the Institute for Research on Public Policy, featuring myself, Munk School senior fellow Sean Speer, University of Toronto political science professor Eric Merkley and Ipsos CEO Darrell Bricker.
Everyone ignore the unjust Rotten Tomatoes critics’ score for The Pentaverate, my favourite childhood comedian and Scarborough native Mike Myers’ latest outing. The Canadian references alone make this Netflix series worth watching.
I just spoke in a session titled "Do you really know what your audience wants?" at Dataharvest 2022, the European Investigative Journalism Conference in Mechelen, Belgium, alongside Qurio’s Tassos Morfis, Krautreporter’s Sebastian Esser, The Bristol Cable’s Lucas Batt and DPG Media's Fabienne Meijer.
Thanks to Indiegraf for featuring The Green Line and our Action Journey model in its latest newsletter!
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