Ottawa Reporter

Editorial · Ottawa, Ontario
Department Editorial
Employment Type Fixed term position 1 year
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $54,000

Canada's National Observer has an exciting, entry-level position open in Ottawa!


If you're looking to cover climate change, climate mitigation, just transition, environmental justice, and the race to net zero, consider joining our dynamic,  award-winning national team.


We're looking for Canada's top talent. You’re the right person for the job if you share our commitment to high journalistic and ethical standards, shine at working with people as well as words, and enjoy producing world-class journalism on climate change and the environment. 


This is a full-time 1-year contract position based in Ottawa.



What you will do


Daily reporting: you will be expected to write daily stories, 5 days weekly.


Your stories will keep Canadians informed on what the government is doing (or not) about climate change.


You will also cover efforts towards a just transition, the race to net zero and environmental protections from the perspective of the federal government. We are looking for enthusiastic self-starters who want to make a difference through the practice of journalism in the public interest.


Required background and journalistic skills


  • 1-2 years of experience reporting for a daily news organization
  • Degree in journalism
  • Knowledge of federal government processes
  • Excellent writing and communication
  • Fact-checking, research and interviewing skills
  • Knowledge of Canada's National Observer mission and coverage


Pluses for us are:


  • Ottawa contacts and resources
  • A keen eye for how to package a story so it connects with readers
  • SEO knowledge
  • Ability to write quickly
  • Talented at writing headlines that resonate with audiences
  • Ability to turn in clean copy
  • Forethought to visuals and an eye for visually compelling stories
  • Positive attitude
  • Compassionate and empathetic
  • Good communication skills



Starting salary is $54,000


  • Medical and dental health benefits package


To apply, please submit a résumé and cover letter through our online application portal. Applications without well-considered cover letters will not be reviewed.


Your cover letter should address:


  • Why Canada's National Observer?
  • Your experience and major accomplishments as a journalist
  • A particular issue area or type of journalistic initiative you would be excited about working on at Canada’s National Observer


Position open until September 21, 2021

Hiring immediately



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  • Location
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Department
    Editorial
  • Employment Type
    Fixed term position 1 year
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level
  • Compensation
    $54,000