Careers & Fellowships

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The Walrus provokes new thinking and sparks conversation on matters vital to Canadians. As a registered charity, we publish independent fact-based journalism, produce national ideas-focused events, and train emerging professionals in publishing and nonprofit management. The Walrus and its strong community of supporters are invested in the idea that a healthy society relies on informed citizens.

POSITIONS WE ARE CURRENTLY HIRING FOR:


The Walrus Editorial Fellowship

Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 11, 2022

The Walrus is currently accepting applications for The Walrus Editorial Fellowship Program. The paid one-year fellowship begins November 21, 2022. Two fellowship positions are currently available.

Editorial Fellows’ primary responsibility is to fact-check the journalism The Walrus publishes in print and online. Our fact checkers verify everything from broad claims to small details, such as dates and the spellings of names, using both live interviews and secondary sources. Fellows also have the opportunity to attend story meetings, contribute to editorial-planning sessions, and shadow-edit articles. They have access to seminars led by editors and staff of The Walrus, including in-depth training in fact-checking and sessions on topics ranging from copy editing and long-form editing to circulation and nonprofit management. In addition to their journalism training, Editorial Fellows have the opportunity to participate in non-editorial aspects of the organization, such as online events.

Responsibilities

  • Fact-checking editorial content
  • Helping to review unsolicited submissions
  • Helping to select and prepare letters to the editor for publication
  • Helping to compile contributor biographies and quotes for publication
  • Supporting non-editorial departments at The Walrus as needed

Qualifications

  • A background in journalism is an asset
  • Strong research skills
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment
  • Curiosity and a willingness to learn

Compensation

The position pays $700 per week for a thirty-five-hour workweek. Fellows receive ten days of vacation.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, your resumé, and up to two letters of reference to careers@thewalrus.ca with the following subject line: Editorial Fellowship: [First and last name]. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Referees may send their letters to the applicant or directly to The Walrus. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to complete an editorial and fact-checking test.

The Walrus supports diversity and inclusion as we work to fulfill our educational mandate. We value employment equity and strongly encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and other racialized people; people with disabilities; people of all genders; and LGBTQ2+ people. If you require any accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by email at careers@thewalrus.ca.

Though this position will be remote for the foreseeable future, applicants must be eligible to work in Canada to qualify.

As this is a full-time position, full-time students are ineligible, and it is not recommended for part-time students except in very limited circumstances.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Features Editor – One-Year Contract (Parental Leave)

Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, October 14, 2022

The Walrus is seeking a Features Editor to join our editorial staff. This is a one-year contract position (parental leave), starting December 5, 2022.

The Features Editor will commission and edit articles suited to a national general interest audience. Those subjects will include The Walrus’s core areas of focus in science, business, politics, arts and culture, and Canada’s place in the world. The ideal candidate is a seasoned editor with at least three to five years’ experience in a publishing environment.

Recognizing the range of editorial platforms at The Walrus, the Features Editor is a story-driven journalist who desires to create work that will engage our audience and spark conversations on any platform: print, digital, multimedia. But the successful candidate will be first and foremost a strong substantive and line editor who can take multiple stories per month through production. The publishing schedule at The Walrus includes daily, weekly, and long-term deadlines, and the successful candidate is expected to work quickly and collaboratively.

The Features Editor is expected to be a nationally-driven thinker and an omnivorous reader of Canadian and international journalism. They have a nuanced understanding of social media, including best practices for packaging and promoting stories online. Curious about the world, they are comfortable working with a diverse group of writers across Canada whose work may reflect a range of political, cultural, and ideological perspectives. As an ambassador of the mandate of The Walrus, the Features Editor will help to shape Canada’s conversation.

Responsibilities

  • Commissioning and editing an average of 2-4 features monthly (lengths often range from 1,200 to 5,000 words)
  • Participating in weekly story meetings to discuss ideas and develop short- and long-term projects
  • Reviewing work by others and providing editorial feedback
  • Mentoring junior staff (including The Walrus Editorial Fellows) on request
  • The successful candidate may be asked to represent The Walrus on panels and at professional events.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to produce stories with a high degree of engagement or impact
  • Familiarity with standard production processes for print and digital publishing channels is expected; experience with WordPress and/or InDesign is an asset
  • Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment

Compensation

The compensation package includes a salary of $55,000 – $60,000 and 10 paid vacation days.

How to Apply

Please consider joining our team if you have an interest in contributing to The Walrus. To apply, send a cover letter and resumé to careers@thewalrus.ca with the subject line “Features Editor [first and last name]” by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, October 14, 2022.

The Walrus supports diversity and inclusion as we work to fulfill our educational mandate. We value employment equity and strongly encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and other racialized people; people with disabilities; people of all genders; and LGBTQ2+ people. If you require any accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by email at careers@thewalrus.ca.

The Walrus office is located in downtown Toronto, but our staff are based across Canada. Though this position will be remote or hybrid for the foreseeable future, applicants must be eligible to work in Canada to qualify. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.