The search begins for J-Source’s next editor-in-chief, who will start May 1, 2016.
The Canadian Journalism Project seeks a new editor-in-chief for J-Source.ca to commence a three-year contract beginning May 1, 2016.
The editor-in-chief is responsible for all editorial matters concerning the site. Principally, the editor-in-chief supervises and supports the associate editor, J-Source’s only full-time, paid staff member. This includes conducting weekly story meetings, editing and proof-reading the associate editor’s work, as well as the weekly newsletter, and being available during regular business hours for consultation.
The editor-in-chief also leads long-term editorial planning for the site, recruits new section editors from Canadian journalism schools and the industry, negotiates content-sharing agreements and other types of partnerships with industry organizations, and liaises with the publisher, business manager, and the board of directors on a regular basis. The editor-in-chief also plays a role in hiring and training new associate editors.
The job requires approximately 10 to 12 hours of work a week, 12 months of the year. Knowledge of the Canadian journalism industry is important, as is an understanding of digital newsgathering and social media. Experience using a content management system, and Drupal in particular, is an asset but not required.
As this position is unpaid, the ideal candidate will be a full-time faculty member in a Canadian journalism program who can take on the role as part of his or her service commitment to his or her university or college.
J-Source.ca is the hub for news, research, and commentary about journalism in Canada. Its goal is to promote national discussion about journalism as well as provide a source of news, research, commentary, advice, and resources for industry professionals, scholars and students.
Questions about the role may be directed to current editor-in-chief Bruce Gillespie.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to J-Source publisher Christopher Waddell by February 29, 2016.