GroundWire National Coordinator *Volunteer Position*

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Across Canada


Unique Six-month *Volunteer* Opportunity in National Community Radio News 

GroundWire is Canada's national campus and community news program. The 29-minute radio show features headlines, reports, features and short documentaries from independent and community radio journalists. Produced biweekly, GroundWire is a high-quality newscast, dedicated to grassroots coverage offering progressive perspectives on issues that engage a national audience. GroundWire's priority is to connect diverse communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast and encourage self-representation by focusing on content that shares in the ethics of human rights activism, equity, labour rights, democratic communication, information exchange and progressive political and social policy.

With this volunteer position, the NCRA and GroundWire offer an excellent opportunity to network at a national level with community media journalists across Canada. Community radio journalists have gone on to work in not-for-profit management, public policy, public relations and GroundWire alumni have been published in Canadian forums such as The Dominion Paper; Broken Pencil, Our Times, Briarpatch, and Democracy Now. GroundWire’s partners include Accessible Media Inc and the Canadian University Press.

Hours: approx 10 hours/week for 6 months

Duties include:

  • Distro
    -Check audio quality and final mix from producer
    -Posting, GW Blog, Radio4all, Rabble and Media co op sites.
    -Sending release announcement to listservs
    -Updating facebook and twitter accounts
  • Meeting and Minutes
    -Coordinate monthly steering meetings
    -Post minutes to the wikispace
  • Pitch Sorting
    -Put out a calls for story pitches
    -Check email for pitches
    -Choose accepted pitches in consult with the producing station
  • Production Calendar
    -Solicit new producers for the coming months
    -Update and send the calendar every three months

-Flexible: approx. 10 hours a week
-Some weekends and evenings 

Combination of at home and at a local station.

You will interact with the GroundWire's Steering Committee, through regular reports and meetings. Depending on the location of your internship, a steering member may also be available for in-person supervision.



~background in community organizing and/or community media
~audio-editing skills
~excellent time management skills
-experience working with volunteers
~experience in online content management and social media
~Strong proof-reading
~proven news judgement
~familiarity with collaborative work


This is a volunteer, unpaid position.

-Flexible: approx. 10 hours a week -Some weekends and evenings
How to Apply: 
Send CV and cover letter to with GW NATIONAL COORDINATOR in the subject: Deadline is August 17, 2014, set to start August 25th.
Closing Date: 
Sun, 2014-08-17