In this bulletin, we explain more about the other half of the Local Journalism Initiative equation: the reporters.
Across the country, LJI reporters will hold politicians and public bodies to account and shine light into dark places, with the goal of providing accurate, diverse and relevant news about civic institutions to communities.
How many? The Local Journalism Initiative is looking to hire a minimum of 93 reporters in its first year on contracts with terms of up to two years. Of these, 84 reporters will be allocated on a regional model based on population, and 9 reporters to Indigenous media. See this table for a breakdown of reporter allocations by region.
Who can be an LJI reporter? LJI reporters will be experienced journalists who can respond quickly and accurately to news as it develops, and dig deep into stories on civic institutions and issues. There is no age limit. Reporters are required to adhere to journalistic standards and have strong knowledge of Canadian Press style.
What must they cover? The Local Journalism Initiative is intended to support the creation of civic journalism; therefore, LJI reporters are required to cover civic issues and civic institutions such as courthouses, city halls, band councils, school boards, Parliament or provincial legislatures and the like. In your application, you should explain in detail what you need the reporter to cover.
Where will they be based? With you, the news organization. An LJI reporter will be your employee.
Will their stories be shared? Yes, across the country. LJI stories will be available for republication by accredited media organizations across the country through a Creative Commons license, broadening and strengthening the reach of the content and coverage. All LJI content must be properly attributed to LJI reporters and more about attribution can be found here.
Who are LJI reporters? Hire them and we’ll find out.