Journalist (Eastern Ontario Hub Editor)

3 weeks ago
Job ID
2017-2101
CA-ON-Kingston
Close Date
11/24/2017
Division
Current Affairs & Documentaries
Department
6072 - Digital

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Date:                           November 3, 2017

 

Position Title:           Journalist (Eastern Ontario Hub Editor)                         

                                   (One-Year Contract)

 

Company:                  TVO

Division:                     Current Affairs and Documentaries

Reports to:                 Executive Producer, Digital

Salary range:             $56,200.56 - $70,626.92

Location:                    Kingston, Ontario

 

As the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.

 

Scope:

 

The successful candidate creates daily editorial content as a member of the Current Affairs digital team, and helps ensure the quality, accuracy and consistency of tone of the department’s work, within editorial and brand guidelines and to the highest standards of journalistic and technical excellence. This position will be based in Kingston, Ont., and will focus on covering eastern Ontario for a province-wide audience.

 

The ideal candidate will bring finely honed editorial judgment, top-notch skills in both copyediting and substantive editing as well as writing, and have experience working in a team in a daily online news environment. Familiarity with emerging technology and a thorough knowledge of current trends and innovations in digital media are required.

 

Under the overall responsibility of the Executive Producer, Digital, the Journalist pitches and creates daily content and longer-term editorial projects, and is part of a cross-functional digital team. The person in this role helps to ensure that all digital editorial projects are delivered on time and within scope while adhering to TVO’s standards and ethics. You will work with the Social Media Specialist to share and promote Current Affairs and Documentaries content (both current and from the archive), ensure that website content adheres to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and work collaboratively with broadcast and documentary teams to ensure seamless execution of cross-department, multi-platform content. You will also assist broadcast and documentary teams in generating story ideas, including making suggestions for interviews and establishing contacts. 

 

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Research, write and edit current affairs coverage; co-ordinate with freelancers and interns; write and edit display copy; create, select and edit photos, graphics, video and audio
  • Consult on video planning and production
  • Post editorial content on TVO.org using a Drupal-based CMS
  • Update and curate content on any and all Current Affairs and Documentaries homepages
  • Develop, organize and present innovative approaches to generate content quickly in response to emerging current affairs issues
  • Monitor social media in real time and use it to promote content and engage audiences
  • Respond to peak audience periods on various platforms – digital, broadcast, social media – with content tailored for each platform
  • Employ SEO and social media best practices
  • Use Siteimprove monitoring software to ensure AODA compliance of all website content
  • Ensure the proper and accurate clearance of all material used on the site, in collaboration with copyright clearance officers or others
  • Co-ordinate with other departments in matters relating to site content
  • Work with colleagues and supervisors to ensure that the editorial process is efficient and productive

 

Other tasks as required:

  • Perform duties of all lower classifications
  • Perform on and/or off camera
  • Direct interviews in the studio or in the field

 

Qualifications: 

  • University or college graduate, preferably in the liberal arts or journalism
  • 4+ years’ work experience in daily online journalism
  • Strong editorial judgment and cross-platform storytelling skills
  • Deep knowledge of current affairs and familiarity with documentaries as a journalistic form
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues that affect eastern Ontario
  • Outstanding analytical and communication skills and proficiency in Canadian Press style
  • Must be able to establish priorities and work effectively under pressure to meet tight and shifting deadlines
  • Strong initiative and ability to work collaboratively and effectively both remotely and within a team environment
  • A thorough and strategic understanding of social media, particularly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, as well as demonstrated ease with these platforms and others (large online following would be a plus)
  • Superior interpersonal and negotiating skills, coupled with a proven ability to build partnerships within the eastern Ontario community and promote TVO goals and values
  • Deep understanding of how videos and other content are shared and consumed on broadcast, digital, social and mobile platforms
  • Superior command of platform-specific digital storytelling and multimedia presentation techniques
  • Solid understanding of SEO best practices, including headline writing and file structure with a good grasp of essential HTML coding
  • Facility with Drupal-based or equivalent content management systems
  • Knowledgeable about digital asset management and back-end administration
  • Strong understanding of digital file formats and how to gather and edit media such as video, audio and photos
  • Video and audio recording skills are an asset
  • Must have valid driver’s licence. Job requires travel within eastern Ontario

 

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a current resume by the stated date at 5:00 p.m.

 

For additional information about TVO, please visit our website at TVO.org.

 

TVO is an equal opportunity employer and will endeavour to accommodate job applicants with disabilities through the People and Culture office. Upon request, all job postings will be made available in alternative format.TVO is committed to achieve a skilled workforce reflective of the population of Ontario.

 

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

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