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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.


Calendar date displaying May 30Associate Editor

The Walrus is seeking an associate editor to commission and edit features on a wide range of topics for our website and print magazine. The ideal candidate is passionate about the national conversation and the core areas of focus at The Walrus: science and the environment; society, business, and economics; arts and culture; and world affairs. This full-time position is open to anyone eligible to work in Canada. Our office is located in downtown Toronto, but remote or hybrid work is an option.

This position is suited to a journalist with experience commissioning and editing work for a news or general-interest audience, although they may be new to long-form editing. The successful candidate will also understand and support our educational mandate, including the role of fact-checking in producing fact-based journalism.

Reporting to the digital editor, the associate editor will perform a range of editorial and production tasks, including commissioning and editing stories, establishing relationships with a diverse range of freelance contributors, contributing to multimedia projects, and building web posts. Like all editorial staff members at The Walrus, the associate editor will have an opportunity to produce work for both our website and the print edition, but this position is primarily digital.

Responsibilities

  • Commissioning and editing feature articles and essays
  • Working with the digital and art departments to develop digital-first features and web series
  • Coordinating social media strategy for story rollouts with the Digital Producer
  • Selecting book excerpts for publication
  • Building and scheduling web posts in our CMS
  • Assisting with the production of our print edition as needed (editing, proofreading, contributing to display meetings)
  • Building relationships with new writers and developing story ideas
  • Soliciting and vetting pitches from freelance contributors
  • Participating in story-development meetings
  • Contributing research and digital-treatment ideas to large-scale editorial projects
  • Collaborating with other departments at The Walrus as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of two to three years of experience in an editorial environment, with experience soliciting pitches and developing a network of freelance contributors
  • Familiarity with Canadian demographics and culture as well as issues of current relevance to Canadians and the media landscape
  • Experience with WordPress is an asset
  • Familiarity with standard productivity tools (we use Trello and Slack for remote work and collaboration)
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to complete tasks independently, asking questions as necessary, and to participate collaboratively in a team environment
  • A demonstrated passion for journalism, writing, and digital storytelling
  • Familiarity with relevant social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) and their audiences

Compensation

The compensation package includes a competitive base salary and a full benefits package (medical, dental, vision, prescription, and paid vacation). Salary: $42,000–$48,000.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter and resumé with “Associate Editor” in the subject line to careers@thewalrus.ca by 12 p.m. on Monday, May 30.

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.

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