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Now Hiring: Summer Sports Journalist


Job title: Sports Journalist
Publication: Ottawa Sports Pages
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
Application Deadline: May 8, 2021
Salary: $3,990 for 280 total work hours ($14.25/hr)

The Ottawa Sports Pages is currently seeking to hire a Sports Journalist for a position offered as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program. The Sports Journalist will be employed for a total of 280 hours. The anticipated dates of employment are June 7-Sept. 10, 2021.

The daily work hours are flexible, though the selected candidate should be prepared and available for a heavier workload during the Tokyo Olympics (July 23-Aug. 9) and Paralympics (Aug. 24-Sept. 6). The number of hours may vary week-to-week (average will be 20 hours per week).

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the Canada Summer Jobs program:

• 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 Sports Pages newspaper, the Saturday Sports Pages newsletter and the OttawaSportsPages.ca 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 Sports Pages 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 website and newsletter have the same focus. Find out more at: https://ottawasportspages.ca/content/ottawa-sportspage-0/

The Ottawa Community Sport Media Team 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). Find out more at: http://ottawasportscamps.ca/about-us/

Our organization is committed to promoting inclusion and diversity in our news coverage, and in our work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

About the position:

The Sports Journalist will create content for all of the Ottawa Sports Pages’ platforms: newspaper, website, newsletter and social media. The Sports Journalist will receive assignments from the Ottawa Sports Pages’ Editor and the Ottawa Community Sport Media Team’s Executive Director.

This summer’s position will be heavily centred on covering Ottawa’s involvement in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. This includes our Ottawa at the Olympics and Ottawa at the Paralympics newspaper special editions, and a daily email newsletter during the Games. Duties will include:

–Composing features on Ottawa participants in advance of Olympic/Paralympic Games
–Coordinating interviews before, during and after Games
–Maintaining a schedule of Ottawa athletes’ competitions
–Assist in developing coverage plans for daily newsletters during Games
–From home, following Ottawa athletes’ competitions occurring in Tokyo via online streams
–Monitoring local participants’ social media posts
–Posting updates to Ottawa Sports Pages website & social media
–Creating daily previews/recaps for digital avenues
–Shooting photos or videos if health conditions permit in-person reporting

The successful candidate will:

  • Have journalistic writing experience and a knowledge of newspaper style
  • Be a passionate storyteller with an interest and knowledge 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
  • Have the ability to shoot photos & video
  • 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 be based at their home/remote office, with weekly supervision meetings conducted by video call or phone, along with frequent contact by e-mail. It is anticipated most if not all assignments will be completed remotely. The position may include coverage of live events should health conditions permit it safely.

Selection process:

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 execdir@ottawasportspages.ca by Saturday, May 8.

Phone interviews for select candidates are planned for May 11/12. 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 Sports Pages newspaper.

Contact info:
Dan Plouffe, Ottawa Community Sport Media Team Executive Director
345 Meadowbreeze Dr., Kanata, Ont., K2M 0K3, Canada
Tel: (613) 261-5838, E-mail: execdir@ottawasportspages.ca

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