The Toronto Star One-Year Reporting Internship

  • 1 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
  • Contract

Job 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.

The Toronto Star is looking for early-career journalists for our one-year reporting internship.

This internship is open to college and university level students or fewer than five years removed from graduation who have never held a full-time, permanent staff position at a company that publishes news daily.

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

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

One-year reporting internship

The program runs from January 2021 to December 2021.
Successful candidates will work on the breaking news desk, where they will work on a variety of stories. Journalists must be able to shoot photos and should have multimedia skills, and story pitches are encouraged by editors.

Application should demonstrate

  • A range of reporting, with a strong emphasis on news coverage
  • Proven ability to report thoroughly, write well, synthesize and organize information
  • Multimedia experience, including social media, video, audio and photography
  • Reporting experience outside school assignments and a demonstrated commitment to journalism as a career
  • Strong interpersonal skills


What we look for

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

Applicants must have the legal right to work in Canada.

Application requirements

  • Cover letter: please include your email address, snail mail address and phone number. Make sure your contact details are on the first page
  • Resume
  • Eight examples of your reporting
  • Toronto Star intern reporters are expected to be keen observers of our city, interested in the people, places and events that make this a vibrant, complex community in which to live. In that spirit, please write us a 50-word pitch on something you’ve seen – and that others may not know about - that you think would make a great story.

As a media company with a long history of championing equality for all, Torstar is uniquely positioned to learn from our past, to give voice to the present through our news coverage and provide opportunities in our pages and on our websites for frank, honest and open conversations about race and diversity and to help provide guidance and examples for future generations. As a result, Torstar is fully committed to building a diverse, inclusive, accessible and respectful workplace where every employee has a voice and the opportunity to fully contribute, ensuring an equal employment environment without discrimination or harassment. We encourage you to reflect upon the diversity you would bring to the role within your application including, but not limited to, individuals identifying with one or more of the under-represented groups within the Canadian media industry.

This is a notice of vacancy under Article 8 of collective agreement between Toronto Star Newspapers Limited and Unifor Local 87M. The hours of work for this position will vary according to the assignment, but will all conform to a standard 35-hour work week as described under the collective agreement. 

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.

Additional Information

You may attach additional documents (e.g. writing samples) after submitting your application.

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