Host - Up North, CBC Sudbury/CBC Thunder Bay (English Services)
Sudbury, Canada
5d ago

Your roleCBC Sudbury and CBC Thunder Bay are looking for a dynamic new Host for Up North, a regional afternoon current affairs program based in Sudbury and broadcasting to northern Ontario audiences.

You are an insatiably curious, deeply experienced journalist with a passion for drawing information, stories and accountability out of interview subjects on a daily basis.

You are passionate about northern communities, their diverse people, including Indigenous communities throughout the region.

You have a strong desire to give listeners knowledge, insight and confidence to understand news of the day and broader issues that influence northern Ontario’s place in the country.

You are a well-read, strong writer with an eclectic range of interests in topics both local and beyond from politics to social issues to business, Indigenous relations, pop culture, science and environment and everything in between.

As an interviewer, you are an active listener who seeks clarity and understanding, anticipating what the audience needs and wants to know.

You have an ability to be a leader in upholding and demonstrating the highest of CBC’s journalistic standards and practices on the program and within the department.

You bring curiosity but also something beyond a demonstrated openness to diverse perspectives and ideas as well as an understanding that using a full range of tones, including humour, is key to strong radio current affairs programming.

You are enthusiastic about experimenting with talk formats, including taking risks with innovative treatments of topics for both radio and our digital platforms, including on demand audio, CBC apps, and social streams.

  • You are comfortable going on the air live at any time, reacting to breaking news and changing events, updating and remaking the program as needed.
  • You are a natural storyteller with a proven ability to discover and bring to life in the field and in the studio people and issues that reflect northern Ontario today.

    You will play a key role in helping us connect with, and grow, new audiences through the range of stories and perspectives presented on the program, as well as through regular outreach and public events, including remote broadcasts.

    You are familiar with all digital forms of storytelling, including podcasting, and you fully embrace social and digital media.

    You also live and promote the values of an inclusive and respectful work culture. You will play an integral role in the Local Services strategy with a focus on three priorities : Content : In this role, you will ensure that all CBC journalistic standards are met and that Up North is a journalistic leader in the northern market.

    You will be committed to journalism that is fair, balanced, accurate, thoughtful, immediate and resonates with the communities we serve.

    You will further our original, enterprise and investigative storytelling and ensure we are talking about what matters most to people in the region.

    You’re innovative and will champion new story treatments, a diverse range of content on our digital and social platforms and new workflows.

    You inspire others to do the same. You’re not afraid to take creative risks. Community : As the industry shifts, local news and community storytelling is more important than ever.

    You are passionate about bringing people together the best thinkers, dreamers, creators, disrupters, challengers and unheard voices.

    You will understand the diverse and changing population across northern Ontario and the importance of reflecting all our communities in our content.

    You understand that connecting with the community whether it’s at public events or a more casual encounter is a way for you to more deeply understand the audiences we serve.

    Culture : You promote an inclusive work culture based on respect, understanding and integrity. You give and receive frequent developmental feedback and coaching, helping to create an environment where the team can do their best work.

    You have a deep understanding of the diverse cultures in the region, including the many Indigenous communities we serve.

    Please note that this is a full time, one year contract position subject to review and renewal. Key Tasks :

  • As an editorial leader on the team, works to ensure the program mandate is always reflected in the show.
  • Conduct multiple daily live and taped interviews.
  • Write, collaborate on and perform scripts
  • Perform a variety of tasks associated with the preparation and on-air presentation of program material on radio, digital and social.
  • Conceives of original stories and concepts and work collaboratively to produce them.
  • Build relationships with a diverse cross section of key community leaders to enhance our understanding of the region and to increase the range of voices and perspectives on the program.
  • Keeping on top of important news developments throughout the day with an eye to ensuring the program is always relevant and topical.
  • Moderate and participate in public events, representing Up North and CBC Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
  • Qualifications

    We are looking for a candidate with the following :

  • University degree or equivalent.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in journalism, reporting and / or hosting.
  • Engaging, curious, spontaneous and intellectually challenging on-air and online personality.
  • Wide range of genuine interests, knowledge and insight, reflecting curiosity in many current affairs topics, and an ability to make them relevant to existing and new audiences.
  • Widely-read, knowledgeable and nuanced thinker.
  • Strong writer.
  • Exemplary journalistic skills, demonstrated through interviewing critical thinking and innovative storytelling.
  • Openness to diverse perspectives and ideas, and differing points of view, is critical.
  • Embraces editorial leadership role and provides ongoing constructive feedback to team.
  • Technical skills, including field recording and audio editing, are an asset.
  • Knowledge of and creative ideas around the use of social media and digital platforms to connect with and grow audiences.
  • Demonstrably engaged, interested and immersed in a wide range of diverse experiences that make up the pan-northern region.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of, and / or connection to underrepresented communities across the region is key.
  • A demonstrated understanding of Indigenous issues and proven ability to build and sustain authentic relationships within these communities.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Ability to function independently and cooperatively in a small team setting.
  • Ability to work effectively under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to build relationships and contacts inside and outside CBC Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
  • Genuinely loves public outreach and is an enthusiastic ambassador of public broadcasting and the program.
  • Broad knowledge of the region with life experience in different parts of northern Ontario is considered an asset.
  • You understand that in the new world, an ability to work various shifts and overtime is critical.
  • Must be able to travel and have a valid driver’s licence and passport.
  • Please provide a cover letter and samples of on-air work. May be subject to an audition in English and knowledge testing.

    Candidates may be subject to skills and knowledge testing.

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