CBC News seeks to boost local coverage with 14 new journalism positions


CBC News is expanding its local coverage by hiring 14 reporters in different parts of the country in an effort to strengthen community ties.

“At Canada’s public broadcaster, local is the lens of everything we do,” said Susan Marjetti, managing director of CBC News, Current Affairs & Local in a press release. “Priorizing local connections will help us tell more of the stories that matter most to people. »

The network will expand its CBC Indigenous unit, adding journalists in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. An Indigenous journalist position will also be made permanent in Quebecand two new positions will be created in Iqaluit to support Indigenous language programming.

The expansion will also see hiring in several smaller communities across the country.

Two videojournalists will be hired in British Columbia — one based in Cranbrook, the other in Nanaimo — while two others alberta-Based journalists will also be added, including one in Lethbridge and the other in Grande Prairie.

Two new permanent reporters will be hired in Ontarioin Brampton and Kingston, while a community producer will work out of the London office to build relationships and build coverage in southwestern Ontario.

the Quebec and Atlantic Canada regions will each have a new community reporter to focus specifically on stories from traditionally underserved communities.

“These newly advertised positions across the country aim to broaden and deepen our journalism while building relationships with regional and cultural communities,” Marjetti said.

Hiring for the new positions will begin in the coming weeks.