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17 Apr 2024

Internship Summer Reporter

The Investigative Journalism Foundation – Posted by The Investigative Journalism Foundation Anywhere

Job Description

Summer Reporters, Investigative Journalism Foundation 
Location: Remote, anywhere in Canada.
Salary: $10,000 for 16 weeks of work
Deadline: Friday, May 3. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so apply early.
About the Investigative Journalism Foundation
The Investigative Journalism Foundation is Canada’s leading nonprofit newsroom focused on public interest journalism. We are a new kind of media outlet, built around databases on who donates to politicians across Canada, who lobbies them, and how the government spends your money.
As a nonprofit, nonpartisan media outlet, our primary purpose is to serve the public. We do this by publishing in-depth investigative journalism that speaks truth to power. Our databases are also used by other journalists, academics, policymakers and individuals seeking to increase transparency and strengthen Canadian democracy.
We believe in a collaborative model and are proud to partner with other media outlets and post-secondary institutions to ensure our journalism has as wide a reach as possible.


About this job

This is a full-time role that runs 16 weeks from the beginning of May to the end of August. Most of the IJF’s team is based in Toronto, but we’re happy to hear from candidates based elsewhere in Canada.
The base salary is $2,500/month or $10,000 for the summer. Ideal candidates include, but are not limited to, editors at student newspapers, students completing a master’s degree in journalism, recent graduates, or freelancers.
We welcome applications from individuals identifying with groups traditionally underrepresented in journalism due to gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, indigeneity, religion, immigration background, or disability.
The program is a great way to learn from some of Canada’s top data-driven and investigative journalists. Successful candidates will report to the Managing Editor and be excited about working at a mission-driven nonprofit that uses journalism to strengthen Canadian democracy every day. We are a workplace that promotes remote and flexible work arrangements and emphasizes work-life balance.
Please note: This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs and can only be filled by someone under 30 who has a valid Social Insurance Number and is a citizen, permanent resident, or refugee. Please check out the detailed requirements if you’re not sure if you qualify.
What you’ll do at the IJF: 
1. Write stories that speak truth to power by combining access-to-information requests, data wrangling and shoe-leather reporting.
2. Dive deep into our political donations, lobbying and Open By Default databases to find both long-form stories and tidbits worthy of inclusion in our newsletter.
3. Collaborate with other IJF reporters on everything from story-idea generation to long-term investigations.
4. Collaborate with IJF developers on the creation of new public interest databases.
5. Work on co-productions with reporters in partner newsrooms at some of the largest media outlets in the country.
6. Help train journalists, academics, wonks and activists who are looking to use IJF databases to better understand how Canadian democracy works.
We’re looking for someone with:
1. Experience writing in-depth or investigative stories that make the world a better place. We’re looking for people who have shown a dedication to uncovering the truth.
2. The ability to spend time methodically working on a long-term investigation while simultaneously bringing an accountability lens to quick-turnaround pieces.
3. Excitement about working in a data journalism-focused newsroom. We integrate things like web scraping, data visualization, machine learning and natural language processing in our editorial process. You don’t need to know how to do any of these things, but if you do, tell us in your cover letter.
4. A genuine interest in working with others. Our newsroom is deeply collaborative and we regularly work with other media outlets. We believe the best journalism happens when we work together.
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How to Apply

How to apply:
Please fill out the form on our website. It will ask for your CV, a cover letter telling us how your skills are a fit for the IJF’s mission, as well as links to three stories you reported of which you’re particularly proud of. With the links, please include a few sentences outlining what role you played in the story and how it best demonstrates you have the skills outlined in the “we’re looking for someone with” section above.
The three projects from your portfolio are by far the most important part of your application. 
Not sure you’re qualified for this job? Please apply anyway. We’re looking for talented people who share our passion for making Canada a better place. Experience matters less than a desire to learn and grow. We’re committed to building an inclusive environment.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Job Types: Internship. Job Tags: canada, internship, Investigative, journalism, news, non-profit, reporter, summer, and toronto. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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