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13 Apr 2022

Full-Time Senior Writer, Morning Live, CBC News Network

CBC/ Radio-Canada – Posted by anne.masson Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

What it’s like working at CBC/Radio-Canada

At CBC/Radio-Canada, we’re all about creating content that informs, entertains and connects Canadians on multiple platforms and from coast to coast to coast. Want to be part of all this, and think you have the ability and drive to keep pace with this exciting, ever-changing industry?

Then we hope you’ll consider this posting, check out our job-listings, and explore the possibilities of working with us. Whether it be in front of the camera, on mic, online or behind the scenes, you would be joining a team that thrives on making the connections and telling the stories that are important to Canadians.

Your role

CBC News is looking for a Senior Writer to join the creative team that crafts CBC News Morning Live with Heather Hiscox.

This position requires an assignment to an early morning shift starting at 3:15 am. Please note, there are two positions, one permanent and one 9-month temporary position.

We are looking for an excellent broadcast writer, with a sharp eye for good stories. While your primary role is to create content, we are also looking for critical thinkers, ready to pitch treatments and to experiment a little when it comes to storytelling techniques. This role is key to delivering on News Network’s mission to prioritize live and breaking news that reflects – and is relevant to Canadians.

You have a deep understanding and appreciation of diversity of perspective, opinion and experience. You must also have a clear understanding of CBC News Journalistic Standards and Practices.You need to be a strong vetter, capable of working with the best journalists in the business. You also have a strong aptitude for visual storytelling with a keen eye for visual elements and how to incorporate them into your storytelling.

This is a collaborative work environment, so a team player with strong communications skills is a must. So is a proven ability to juggle and prioritize multiple stories and tasks, and to thrive in a fast-paced environment. And yes, you know how to have fun too!

Key Tasks:
Demonstrate and maintain exceptional skill in writing stories, intros and scripts for broadcast, using conversational language.
Ability to quickly write breaking news copy and source and process accompanying elements.
Critically edit material written by others and/or items produced by others.
Gather information from a variety of reliable sources.
Pitch and create story/coverage treatments in a clear and concise manner.
Provide detailed analysis to enhance the understanding of the listener or viewer.
Exercise senior news judgment.
Coordinate the exchange of program material.
Familiar with CBC News Network’s banner guide, with clear understanding of when different styles are appropriate given the nature of the story.
Adept with VizRT, as well as writing formats for automated control rooms.
Desktop edit, mix, and/or has the confidence to direct the editing and mixing of audio/ visual elements.

You possess the following:
A minimum of five years of relevant experience including proven ability in the field and knowledge of the broadcasting industry.
A university degree or equivalent.
Experience writing for broadcast news is required.
Excellent writing, editing and production skills.
Experience working on a live broadcast news program.
Demonstrated news judgment.
Broad range of interests and knowledge, such as politics, business, science, sports, entertainment, popular culture, technology and health and medicine.
In-depth knowledge of Canadian and International news and current affairs.
Commitment to reflecting community and diversity.
Must be a team player with solid interpersonal skills.
Excellent communication and organizational skills.
Ability to handle a variety of functions quickly and efficiently in order to meet tight deadlines.
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments at once.
Understanding of CBC News programs including experience using Inews Toolbar, DTV, Vizrt and Avid Instinct.
Familiar with using graphic templates, able to apply them for the best screen experience.
Understanding of CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices.
Candidates may be subject to skills and knowledge testing.

All employees of CBC/Radio-Canada are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of December 1st 2021 unless exempted based on a medical/religious ground. As per this requirement, employees must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to all employees. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify if you meet the conditions of employment, you will be asked to provide an attestation confirming your COVID-19 vaccination status.

If this sounds interesting, please click on ”Apply online”. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

CBC/Radio-Canada is committed to being a leader in reflecting our country’s diversity. That’s because we can only create and tell the stories that connect Canadians, by having a workforce that mirrors the ever-changing makeup of our country. That’s why we, as an employer, value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada’s public broadcaster. For more information, visit the Diversity and Inclusion section of our website. If you have accommodation needs at this stage of the recruitment process, please inform us as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to

You are invited to consult and familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct, which can be found on our corporate website. All employees must adhere to the Code as a condition of employment. We also invite you to take a look at our policy on conflicts of interest. In the event that you become an employee, it will be important to inform us, as quickly as possible, of any situation that, because of your hiring, constitutes or could appear to constitute a conflict of interest.

Job Posting Date Apr 12, 2022, 10:26:35 AM
Unposting Date Apr 26, 2022, 11:59:00 PM

How to Apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: morning news, news network, senior writer, and writer. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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