Unifor Summer Investigative Journalism Intern (two positions available)

The Investigative Journalism Bureau is hiring! Come work with the Investigative Journalism Bureau as a Unifor Summer Investigative Journalism Intern.

Organization: The Investigative Journalism Bureau (IJB) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto (U of T). The Bureau conducts in-depth public interest journalism involving students, professional journalists, academics and researchers in partnership with major media in Canada, the United States and overseas.

Eligibility – Candidates must be academically strong and trained in investigative journalism techniques. This position requires strong research skills, focus and writing skills. The successful candidate will show evidence of a dedicated work ethic, organizational skills, the ability to work independently and show clear outcomes, creativity in finding, interpreting and understanding information and unquenchable curiosity about how the world works. Young BIPOC journalists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Major Responsibilities: This internship will focus on journalistic research and writing around a major public interest issue. The successful candidate will assist in researching investigative stories including conducting interviews, filing freedom of information requests, gathering public records from courts and government offices, interviewing subjects, conducting online database research and filing regular story memo updates detailing research findings. 

Staff Supervision: Given the current pandemic, the work will be largely conducted remotely until we are in a position to meet safely. Checkpoint meetings will be conducted throughout the internship including regular one-on-one meetings with IJB director Robert Cribb.

Application deadline and selection period: 
Applications due February 15, 2021. Candidates will be chosen by early March 2021. Please send a resume, cover letter and up to three work examples that you feel best reflects your abilities to ijb.dlsph@utoronto.ca

Selection/Awarding body: A committee of three journalists will review applications and make final selection.

Fundamental Skills Required: Good oral communication, good written communication, knowledge of computer software, managing Information, excellent writing and organization, interviewing skills and fact checking.

Personal Management Skills: Being responsible and accountable; goal setting; positive attitude and behaviours; time management

Teamwork Skills: Contribute to team goals; participate in projects and tasks; respect differences; work well with others     

Start Date: May 1, 2021 

End Date: Aug. 31, 2021

Remuneration: Each position pays $10,000 for a 35-hour work week.

Please send applications ijb.dlsph@utoronto.ca

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