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Posted by H.G. Watson on January 07, 2016

The Canadian Journalism Project seeks a new editor-in-chief for 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. 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.

J-Source and ProjetJ are publications of the Canadian Journalism Project, a venture among post-secondary journalism schools and programs across Canada, led by Ryerson University, Université Laval and Carleton University and supported by a group of donors.