Posted December 3, 2018 10 months 3 weeks ago

Senior Writer, The National (English Services) - TOR06739

Job Family

  Programming (TV-Radio-Web)

Primary Location


Position Language Requirement  English Only

Language Skill Levels (Reading / Writing / Speaking)  - - -

Status of Employment  Temporary

Work schedule(s)  Full-time


What it’s like working at CBC/Radio-Canada

At CBC/Radio-Canada, we create content that informs, entertains and connects Canadians on multiple platforms. Our successes and accomplishments are driven by embodying and upholding values, which include creativity, integrity, inclusiveness and relevance. 

Do you think you have the ability and drive to keep up with this exciting, ever-changing industry? Whether it be in front of the camera, on air, online or behind the scenes, you would be joining a team that thrives on making connections and telling stories that are important to Canadians.

Please note that this is a 12-month temporary position. 

As the Senior Writer, you need a creative approach, a willingness to pitch alternative treatments, an understanding of social media and the digital landscape and how the National can best play in that space. A strong aptitude for graphic treatments, visual storytelling and desktop editing is a must. Lineup experience would also be an asset.

Your role:

  • Gathers information on issues and events of a regional and/or national significance, from a variety of carefully developed sources. 
  • Writes material for presentation on air that describes these issues and events in a clear and concise manner and provides detailed analysis to enhance the understanding of the listener or viewer.
  • Critically edits material written by others and/or items produced by others. 
  • Coordinates the exchange of program material. 
  • As required, performs any task of a Reporter / Editor.


We are looking for a candidate with the following: 

  • A university degree or equivalent. 
  • Five years of relevant experience including proven ability in the field and knowledge of the broadcasting industry.
  • Excellent writing, editing and production skills, including story packaging and graphics creation.
  • Demonstrated solid news judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop meaningful stories and contacts.
  • Must be thoroughly familiar with and understand CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices.
  • Experience with headline writing.
  • Experience creating daily broadcast editorial content and working in a cross-media, multi-platform programming environment.
  • Ability to participate in a highly creative and collaborative team in a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to work in a high pressure, tight deadline environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and to respond to many competing demands in a short space of time.
  • Ability to communicate story and production ideas effectively.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings, overtime and weekends, as required.

Candidates may be subject to skills and knowledge testing.

If this sounds interesting, please apply online! We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

CBC/Radio-Canada is committed to being a leader in reflecting our country’s diversity. That’s because we can only create and tell the stories that connect Canadians, by having a workforce that mirrors the ever-changing makeup of our country. That’s why we, as an employer, value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada’s public broadcaster. For more information, visit theDiversity and Inclusion

section of our website. If you have accommodation needs at this stage of the recruitment process, please inform us as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to

You are invited to consult and familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct, which can be found on our corporate website. All employees must adhere to the Code as a condition of employment. We also invite you to take a look at our policy on conflicts of interest. In the event that you become an employee, it will be important to inform us, as quickly as possible, of any situation that, because of your hiring, constitutes or could appear to constitute a conflict of interest.

Wherever in the wording of the job description either gender is used, it shall be understood to include all genders.

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