Job Post: Local Journalist

15 March 2023 / by Met Radio
Job post local journalist

Who We Are

CJRU 1280 AM is a campus and community radio station located at Toronto Metropolitan University. We’ve been on the AM dial since 2016 and as a newer campus station our broadcast is focused on a multimedia approach to storytelling. 

Located in downtown Toronto, CJRU is in the heart of our busy city and serves our local community on and off campus. Our programming features a mix of voices and music with particular emphasis on spoken word programming and covering our local community. 

The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) program was launched by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and funded by the Government of Canada. The program is focusing on diverse, local communities that may be underserved in the Canadian news landscape. The goal is to increase the production of news in those areas and to make that news more accessible across the country. We’re elevating original, local news.

The Position

  • Title: Journalist
  • Term: 1 year contract position 
  • Salary: $24/hour
  • Benefits: Generous health and dental after probation period
  • Ideal Start Date: April 3-14, 2023
  • Expected working hours: 35 hours a week, generally Monday to Friday. Flexible hours to facilitate field reporting. 

Job Requirements – Who You Are

  • Hold a degree or diploma in Journalism, Communications or Arts from an accredited academic or technical institution OR have equivalent experience in broadcast, print/digital journalism or writing
  • Excellent radio, interview and communication skills 
  • Excellent writing skills and research. You love storytelling – from the initial pitch to the publication
  • Strong people skills: You are a great listener, speaker and interviewer 
  • Deadline-driven and have an eye for detail
  • Knowledge of community and regional concerns or news and a passion for local journalism
  • Strong skills in both a team setting and with independent work
  • Audio production skills and understanding of the radio community environment
  • Critical thinking and ability to analyze issues and to remain impartial
  • Social media savvy, for both posting and research purposes  

Other Qualifications

  • Understanding with diversity, different perspectives and sensitive/complex issues
  • Desire to drive news and interest in reporting on a range of topics including affordable housing and homelessness, Indigenous rights, Toronto city hall and issues that are of importance to BIPOC communities
  • Assist with training and coordination of CJRU’s news volunteers
  • Attend editorial meetings with station and LJI coordinators as needed

We’re looking for a dynamic, determined journalist who cares about local journalism. 

If that sounds like you, please send your application to  with a cover letter describing why you want to work at the station, a current resume and examples of your audio and written work. Applications are due at 11:59PM on Wednesday March 29.

CJRU 1280 AM encourages applications from a diverse range of candidates, including (but not limited to) women, people of colour, those who identify as LGBTQ2SI+, and people with disabilities.

Thank you to everyone for your interest in the LJI program. Unfortunately, we can’t respond to all applicants  – Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.


This position is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.