NCRA GroundWire National Coordinator Team

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GroundWire Community Radio News 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 by community radio stations collaborating with a team of coordinators, 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. More info: GW Mandate (LINK) and GW Editorial Policy (LINK).

With this volunteer position, the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA) and GroundWire offer an excellent opportunity to network at a national level with community media journalists and community radio stations 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.


-Background in community organizing and/or community media
-Audio editing skills an asset
-Excellent time management skills
-Experience working with volunteers
-Experience in online content management and social media
-Strong proofreading
-Proven news judgment
-Familiarity with collaborative work


-Check audio quality and final mix from producer
-Post to, GW Blog,, and other sites
-Send release announcement to listservs
-Update facebook and twitter accounts

Meetings and Minutes
-Coordinate monthly steering meetings
-Posting minutes

Pitch Sorting Pile
-Put out calls for story pitches
-Check email for pitches
-Choose accepted pitches in consult with the editorial policy and producing station
-Support with editing, setting up interviews, or other production needs

Production Calendar
-Solicit new producers for the coming months
-Update and send the calendar every three months


Volunteer (10 hours/week approx)

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

The NCRA/ANREC, in accordance with its Statement of Principles, is an equal opportunity employer. The NCRA/ANREC encourages applications from under-represented communities, including women, people of colour, lesbians and gays, people with physical and mental challenges, people living with HIV/AIDS, Native peoples, and people whose age, education, or economic status may be a barrier to employment. The NCRA/ANREC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, or class.

Everyone is thanked for applying; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

6 Months
How to Apply: 
Send CV and cover letter to with GW NATIONAL COORDINATOR in the subject line.
Closing Date: 
Sat, 2015-11-28