Call for Applications: Regional Reporter

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Date Posted: Aug 24, 2021
Application Deadline: Sep 20, 2021
Start Date: Oct 04, 2021
Hourly From: $20/hr To $20/hr
Province: Remote
City: Any
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization’s Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job’s focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Intermediate
Organization Description
Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Média
Dance Media Group is the leading non-profit dance media organization in Canada. Through our flagship publication, The Dance Current, we facilitate engaging and critical conversation about the art, practices and people involved in the many dance forms across the country. (Please note: we reference Canada here to align with the organization’s formally stated charitable objectives, acknowledging that some may not acknowledge borders and territories as defined by the Crown.)
Inclusive of all dance genres, quarterly print issues include stories, personal essays and features. Our website publishes additional digital features, performance reviews, event listings and more. We program workshops and public events to further dance education and literacy and regularly partner with organizations across the dance ecosystem to support educational programming and mentorship opportunities.
Job Description
About the Regional Reporter Program:
The Dance Current is mandated to further conversations about dance in every region of the country. The regional reporter program has been designed to provide a training ground for art writers seeking news reporting experience and to support The Dance Current in its national dance coverage.
Selected contributors will receive ongoing mentorship from The Dance Current’s editorial team while contributing 12 articles over the span of 10 months. Contributors will be compensated at a flat rate of $200 per article ($2,400 for the duration of the contract).
The regional reporters will be responsible for reporting on their local dance communities. The reporters will also attend monthly story meetings / pitch sessions. Due to the nature of news, pitches will also be accepted outside of scheduled story meetings. The editor may also assign stories directly to the reporters.
Recognizing that media outlets – including The Dance Current – have historically centred Eurocentric performance practices in their coverage of dance, Dance Media Group is prioritizing QTBIPOC arts writers and those outside of major urban centres for these roles.
Regional reporters should demonstrate the following:
  • A connection to their local communities 
  • An understanding of arts journalism 
  • Strong writing skills 
  • A strong sense of news judgment 
  • An ability to work on a tight deadline  
  • Creativity / imagination in pitching stories
  • A drive to tell stories passionately and accurately
Additional Info:
In order to ensure geographic breadth in our news coverage, The Dance Current seeks to fill 10 regional reporter positions in the following provinces and regions, respectively:
  • Ontario (1)
  • Quebec (1)
  • British Columbia (1)
  • Alberta (1)
  • Manitoba (1)
  • Saskatchewan (1)
  • Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland (2) 
  • Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories (2)
How to Apply:
If you are interested in becoming one of our regional reporters, please send the following items to office@thedancecurrent.com:
  • Your resumé/CV
  • A brief statement of interest – no more than 250 words – telling us why you’re interested in joining our roster of regional reporters and relevant skills that will help you to be successful within the program
  • An indication of the geographic region you are applying to report on
  • A sample of your writing, ideally a published piece
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. EST, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and will be accepted after the deadline for any positions not yet filled; we are eagerly seeking applications from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland, Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories.