Job Opportunities

THE UNITER IS SEEKING A COLUMNIST

The Uniter is seeking proposals for regular column contributors for the 2022-2023 publishing year. 

The selected columnists will create content on a rotating basis throughout the publishing year. Each columnist will be responsible for submitting five to six columns at 500 words each according to the schedule established by the managing editor. These individual columns will be unique written pieces that fit into a larger theme outlined in the column proposal. The columnists will be compensated by honorarium at a rate of $50 per column submitted. 

In alignment with The Uniter’s goals to tell the stories that aren’t being told in other news outlets, we encourage and will prioritize column proposals from members of marginalized groups, such as Indigenous writers, Black writers, Writers of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+ writers, disabled writers, newcomer writers, and others whose stories are not well represented in local and international media.

We also encourage University of Winnipeg students and alumni to submit column proposals. However, while reviewing proposals we will be considering chosen topics and storytelling skill more than levels of educational attainment. High school or university education is not a prerequisite for columnists. Columnists would be able to complete the work remotely, however, they should be primarily based in or around Winnipeg.

Columnists will be responsible for:

Meeting with the comments and managing editor as needed to formulate and maintain the direction of the column

Submitting five to six 500-word columns according to the deadlines set by the managing editor

Making themselves available for editing and revisions within a preset editing window

Responding to emails in a timely fashion

Skills that would be useful for columnists include:

Storytelling that includes both personal experience and knowledge from other sources

Some familiarity with opinion writing and journalistic standards

The ability to link a personal story to a larger cultural story and/or the ability to focus on the local impact of a more broad social/cultural phenomenon or pattern

Openness to receiving feedback and direction on their work

Personal experience and/or formal training in the area of discussion proposed by the columnist

As part of the column proposal, please submit the following:

A one-page resume, CV, or list of experiences you feel are relevant to the column topic and to writing for The Uniter

Two writing samples (maximum of two pages, double-spaced, each) that reflect the theme of the proposed column or a similar writing style

A 500-word explanation of your idea for the column, including:

A general concept or outline of the topic area you’d like to write about for this column

How your experience or expertise will contribute to the conversation on this topic

Why your column is timely, local and relevant to Uniter readers

Three examples of possible topics that your column pieces could focus on

Proposal packages should be sent to info@uniter.ca by Tuesday, August 9 at noon. Please note that we will not be holding interviews for columnists - selection will be based entirely on proposal packages. 

 

THE UNITER IS SEEKING A VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

The Uniter is seeking an outgoing and organized individual to intake, mentor and train volunteer contributors. This individual will also be responsible for organizing and coordinating classroom presentations and leading writing workshops and seminars. 

Successful candidates should have a working knowledge of The Uniter and Mouseland Press and at least one year of writing experience and an understanding of CP style. They should be available for an hour on Wednesdays as well as select evenings throughout each month during the regular academic year (late-August to early December/January to April). They should also be available to attend editorial meetings at least once a month. 

This position is expected to take 5-6 hours/week and pays $70/week. The volunteer coordinator will begin their term in mid-late August.

Skill Requirements:

Must demonstrate a proficiency in CP style

Must have at least one year’s study in rhetoric or equivalent experience

Experience editing is an asset

Experience in mentorship, recruitment and outreach is an asset

Training and experience in EAL is an asset

Experience preparing and leading public presentations an asset

Experience working with and presenting to a board an asset

Duties:

Promoting and leading weekly volunteer workshops

Following up and communicating with existing volunteers

Liaising with section editors and ensuring all sections have adequate representation from contributors

Continually developing a volunteer contributor mandate, including the completion of a work plan at the beginning of the specified term and a final report at the end of the specified term;

Working in conjunction with the Business Manager and Managing Editor to ensure all contributors have signed all necessary documents 

Preparing and coordinating classroom presentations with editorial team

Must attend editorial board and staff meetings

Helping with on-campus distribution of The Uniter

Please submit a resume, cover letter and two writing samples (maximum length for each: one page, single-spaced) to info@uniter.ca by Tuesday, August 9 at noon.

We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

*Mouseland Press strives to be an equitable employer and will prioritize qualified applicants who belong to marginalized groups. Qualified applicants who study at or are alumni of The University of Winnipeg will also be given priority*

 

THE UNITER IS SEEKING A COMMENTS EDITOR

The Uniter is seeking an opinionated, politically-minded and well-connected person to fill the role of Comments Editor. This person should have experience and a passion for writing editorials and understand what it means to curate an opinion section of a newspaper.

Successful candidates should feel comfortable running a team of contributors, assigning and editing their work, providing feedback, organizing meetings and building relationships with our local on- and off-campus community.

Applicants should have a flexible schedule and be available for editorial meetings, section meetings and mentorship during the regular academic year (late-August to early December/January to April.) Most daytime meetings happen on Thursdays.

This position pays $250/week.

Skill Requirements:

Should have at least 2 years experience writing

Must have experience editing

Ability to multi-task, make decisions and work independently

Excellent communication skills, oral and written

Knowledge of google docs

Ability to oversee, mentor and lead a team of staff and volunteers

Ability to maintain deadlines

Duties:

Work closely with Managing Editor to review weekly pitches

Must assign and collect writing assignments on a weekly basis

Must ensure section is filled and balanced on a weekly basis

Provide constructive feedback to contributors within section

Must attend pitch and editorial meetings

Work closely with Copy and Style editor to ensure all work is factual and formatted properly for print

Pitch and write a cover feature once per semester

Relationship to colleagues:

Reports to managing editor and business manager

Supervises columnists and volunteer writers

Collaborates with copy and style editor, volunteer coordinator, illustrator, creative director and photo team

Interested parties should submit a resume including references and a cover letter by August 9, 2022. We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. 
*Mouseland Press strives to be an equitable employer and will prioritize qualified applicants who belong to marginalized groups. Qualified applicants who study at or are alumni of The University of Winnipeg will also be given priority*

 

THE UNITER IS SEEKING A CAMPUS REPORTER

The Uniter is seeking a hardworking student/alumni and experienced writer who is passionate about campus politics, news and events to fill the position of Campus Reporter. The successful candidate will possess strong research and interviewing skills as well as demonstrate a critical eye for news content.

The Campus Reporter will:

Work closely with the city editor

Pitch and write two 500 word campus-related stories per week

Work with the visual team to arrange for corresponding visual content

Work well under deadlines.

Attend weekly pitch meetings, monthly section meetings and professional development workshops

The position begins as soon as possible, and pays $120/week.

Interested parties should submit a resume including references, cover letter and two (2) writing samples by August 9, 2022. Application packages should be sent to Managing Editor Thomas Pashko at the email address provided. We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

*Mouseland Press strives to be an equitable employer and will prioritize qualified applicants who belong to marginalized groups. Qualified applicants who study at or are alumni of The University of Winnipeg will also be given priority*

 

THE UNITER IS SEEKING A CITY REPORTER

The Uniter is seeking an individual who is passionate about our city, our communities and the many people who are working to make this a better place to live.

The successful candidate will possess strong writing and interviewing skills as well as demonstrating a critical eye for news content.

This position pays $120/week. The city reporter will begin their term in late August following an orientation day.

The city reporter will:

Work closely with the city editor

Pitch and write two 500 word news stories per week

Work with the visual team to arrange for corresponding visual content

Work well under deadlines.

Attend weekly pitch meetings, monthly section meetings and professional development workshops

Review and follow all relevant policies and guides including Canadian Press style, the Canadian Association of Journalists ethics guidelines, the Uniter style guide and Uniter editorial policies.

Please submit a resume, cover letter and two writing samples (maximum length for each: one page, single-spaced) to info@uniter.ca by Tuesday, August 9 at noon.

We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

*Mouseland Press strives to be an equitable employer and will prioritize qualified applicants who belong to marginalized groups. Qualified applicants who study at or are alumni of The University of Winnipeg will also be given priority*

 

THE UNITER IS SEEKING A CITY EDITOR

The Uniter is seeking a dedicated, politically minded and well-connected person to fill the role of city editor. This person should have experience and a passion for writing about such topics as local news, student issues, community events, Wesmen athletes and more.

Successful candidates should feel comfortable running a team of contributors, assigning and editing their work, providing feedback, organizing meetings and building relationships with Winnipeg’s downtown urban community.

Applicants should have a flexible schedule and be available for pitch meetings, editorial meetings, section meetings and mentorship during the regular academic year (late-August to early December/January to April.) Daytime meetings usually happen on Thursdays.

This position pays $250/week. The city editor will begin their term in late August.

Skill Requirements:
Should have at least 2 years experience in city/news-style writing
Must have experience editing
Ability to multitask, make decisions and work independently
Excellent communication skills, oral and written
Knowledge of google docs
Ability to oversee, mentor and lead a team of staff and volunteers
Ability to maintain deadlines

Duties:
Work closely with managing editor to construct weekly story lists
Must assign and collect writing assignments on a weekly basis
Must ensure section is filled and balanced on a weekly basis
Provide constructive feedback to contributors within section
Must attend pitch and editorial meetings
Work closely with copy and style editor to ensure all work is factual and formatted properly for print
Pitch and write a cover feature once per semester
Provide leads/summaries for city briefs

Relationship to colleagues:
Reports to managing editor and business manager
Supervises city reporter, campus reporter and volunteer writers
Collaborates with copy and style editor, volunteer coordinator and photo team

Please submit a resume, cover letter and two writing samples (maximum length for each: one page, single-spaced) by Tuesday, August 9 at noon.

We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

*Mouseland Press strives to be an equitable employer and will prioritize qualified applicants who belong to marginalized groups. Qualified applicants who study at or are alumni of The University of Winnipeg will also be given priority*

 

THE UNITER IS SEEKING AN ARTS & CULTURE REPORTER

The Uniter is seeking an individual who is passionate about Winnipeg’s arts and culture scene to fill the position of arts and culture reporter. This person should be equally comfortable exploring the realms of music, visual arts, theatre, literature, dance, food, and more.

The successful candidate will possess strong writing and interviewing skills, and have their finger on the pulse of the many thriving scenes on campus and across the city.

Duties:

Work closely with the arts and culture editor

Pitch and write two 500 word arts and culture stories per week

Provide leads/summaries for arts and culture related news briefs

Work with the visual team to arrange for corresponding visual content

Work well under deadlines.

Attend weekly pitch meetings, monthly section meetings and professional development workshops

Pitch and write a cover feature once per semester

Relationship to colleagues:

Reports to arts and culture editor

Collaborates with copy and style editor, illustrator and photo team

Applicants should have a flexible schedule and be available for pitch meetings during the regular academic year (August to December/January to April.)

This position pays $120/week. The arts and culture reporter will begin their term in August.

Please submit a resume, cover letter and two writing samples (one page, single-spaced) by noon on August 9, 2022. We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

*Mouseland Press strives to be an equitable employer and will prioritize qualified applicants who belong to marginalized groups. Qualified applicants who study at or are alumni of The University of Winnipeg will also be given priority*

 

THE UNITER IS SEEKING A FEATURES EDITOR

The Uniter is seeking a skilled, diplomatic and well-informed person to fill the role of features editor. This person should have experience editing and providing feedback on writing to their peers.

Successful candidates should feel comfortable maintaining an editorial calendar, helping to shape and direct written and visual-based cover features, editing their peers’ work, providing feedback, organizing meetings and staying informed about current issues in many of Winnipeg’s diverse communities.

Applicants should have a flexible schedule and be available for pitch meetings, editorial meetings, section meetings and mentorship during the regular academic year (late-August to early December/January to April.) Daytime meetings usually occur on Thursdays. 

This position pays $250/week. The features editor will begin their term in mid-August. 

Skill Requirements:

Should have at least 2 years experience in writing mid to long-form pieces (500-1750 words) and in writing cutlines

Must have experience editing

Ability to multitask, make decisions and work independently

Excellent communication skills, oral and written

Knowledge of Google Docs

Ability to oversee, mentor and lead a team of staff

Ability to maintain deadlines

Duties:

Work closely with managing editor to assign weekly cover features to Uniter staff

Develop and edit cover features with staff on an ongoing basis

Work with the features reporter to pitch and edit the weekly Whose House and PROFile features

Provide constructive feedback to contributors within section

Must attend editorial and pitch meetings

Ensure cover features contain a balanced and varied range of topics over the course of the publishing year

Work closely with copy and style editor to ensure all work is factual and formatted properly for print

Relationship to colleagues:

Reports to managing editor and business manager

Supervises features reporter

Supervises other editorial staff, reporters and photographers while they are scheduled for the cover feature

Collaborates with copy and style editor, volunteer coordinator and photo team

Please submit a resume, cover letter and two writing samples (maximum length for each: one page, single-spaced) to info@uniter.ca by Tueday, August 9 at noon.

We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

*Mouseland Press strives to be an equitable employer and will prioritize qualified applicants who belong to marginalized groups. Qualified applicants who study at or are alumni of The University of Winnipeg will also be given priority*

 

THE UNITER IS SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS TO JOIN OUR BOARD

We are seeking new members to join the Mouseland Press inc. Board that has the responsibility to oversee the affairs of The Uniter. Anyone who is familiar with The Uniter is welcome to express interest by sending a resume and cover letter to businessmgr@uniter.ca. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous peoples, women, racialized persons, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, and persons living with a disability(s).