Toronto Star Radio Room Internship Program - September 2020 to April 2021

  • 1 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
  • Contract

Company Description

Torstar Corporation is a progressive media organization with a long, proud history in newspapers and a passion for capitalizing on the fluid world of digital and mobile media. Torstar’s vision for success is driven by a deep customer-centric obsession, continued journalistic excellence, advanced data-driven competency and a culture that is selfless, focused, agile, collaborative and results driven. The successful candidate will be a champion of those priorities while keeping the customer at the heart of all of the creative work that s/he will be doing.

Job Description

The Toronto Star is looking for new journalists for our Radio Room internship. We hire current post-secondary students to staff our radio room.

Interns work with full-time staff in a challenging but supportive environment. All Star internships are paid, contract positions.

We cannot accommodate volunteers, short-term placements or co-op students.

 

The Radio Room

Radio Room reporters make regular checks with police, fire and paramedics and monitor social media and other sources for breaking news. They provide quick tips to the newsroom and sometimes do original reporting for all the Star’s platforms.

The work environment is often hectic, so successful candidates must be calm, well-organized and able to juggle several tasks at once. Radio Roomers must be able to persuade sometimes reluctant officials to talk and be prepared to interview victims and family members touched by crime or accidents. Experience in a daily news environment is a strong asset.

The Radio Room is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by post-secondary students working eight-hour shifts. Several students are hired in late summer to work part-time during the school year; a second group of students is hired to work through the summer months.

A full, unrestricted Ontario driver’s licence is NOT required for this position.

Qualifications

What we look for

Enthusiastic, talented, curious and intelligent journalists with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and a passion for journalism who bring energy, ideas and new perspectives. Strong reporting skills and the ability to work quickly and accurately are requirements. If you are fluent in a language other than English, please include that information.

Application requirements

·         Cover letter. Please state the position you are applying for at the top of the page in bold type. Include email, snail mail address and phone number. Make sure your contact details are on the first page.

·         Resume

·         Some examples of your reporting

·         Note: Please submit all requirements in one document

 

Application should demonstrate

·         A range of reporting, with a strong component of news coverage

·         Proven ability to report thoroughly, write well, synthesize and organize information

·         Reporting experience outside school assignments and a demonstrated commitment to journalism as a career

·         Strong interpersonal skills

·         Life experience that contributes to your development/ability as a journalist

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. All submissions will be treated as confidential.

Additional Information

Torstar Group of Companies is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free recruitment process ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario Human Rights Code we will endeavour to provide accommodation to persons with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and you require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please notify the hiring manager upon scheduling your interview of your requirements.

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