Thursday, 4 March 2010

[creative-radio] JOB: Farm Radio International Weekly Editor in Ottawa, Ontario Canada


@nellybassily JOB: Farm #Radio International Weekly Editor: Direct
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Title: Editor
Farm Radio Weekly
Farm Radio International

Based in: Ottawa, Ontario
Duration: 12 month contract
Salary: Level C - $38,361 – 41,813
Reports to: Program and Partnerships Manager
Deadline for applications: March 26, 2010


Farm Radio International is seeking an individual with an expertise in
journalistic writing and editing and a passion for food security and rural
development in Africa for the position of Farm Radio Weekly Editor. Farm
Radio Weekly is an electronic publication serving African radio
broadcasters, and others who share an interest in radio and small-scale
agriculture in Africa. Farm Radio Weekly features news stories for and
about African small-scale farmers, written in a format that is suitable
for on-air use. The publication also offers other resources to radio
organizations in support of their work in the area of food security,
including information about training opportunities, workshops, funding
sources, etc.


Over the course of the 12-month contract, the Farm Radio Weekly Editor
will be primarily responsible for the content of approximately 44 editions
of Farm Radio Weekly.

Weekly duties will include the following:
Scan African news sources for stories of particular relevance to
small-scale farmers.
Conduct further research on news stories of interest and re-package these
news stories in a format suitable for on-air use (minimum of two news
stories per week).
Work with freelance African journalists: assigning stories and evaluating
story pitches; providing guidance on particular stories and coaching on
Farm Radio International's
style; revising and editing content.
Prepare "Notes to Broadcasters" which provide additional information,
story ideas, and resources on topics in the news.
Research other resources and opportunities for broadcasters (such as
competitions, training, and online guides) and package them in a manner
suitable for Farm Radio Weekly.
Work in collaboration with Research and Production Officer and Managing
Editor to copy edit and finalize all content.

Occasional duties will include the following:
Translate stories by French-speaking journalists into English.
Electronically publish Farm Radio Weekly.
Conduct an annual subscriber survey, and communicate with subscribers on
an ad hoc basis, to gauge ongoing interest in various topics and
Prepare and edit content for Farm Radio International's partner
newsletter, Voices.

Other ongoing responsibilities include:
1. Contribute to the long-term strategy to move Farm Radio Weekly
operations to Africa, and assist with steps in this transition.
2. Maintain a style guide for Farm Radio Weekly, in conjunction with the
overall Farm Radio International style guide.



A university degree, preferably at the Masters level, with specialization
in journalism, international development, or agriculture and food

Skills and Experience

Exceptional writing and editing skills

At least 2 years' experience working in a news, radio, or other media
organization, including 1 year of direct involvement in writing news
stories or radio pieces.
Knowledge of rural development issues and challenges in Africa,
particularly those related to agriculture and/or natural resource
Knowledge of gender and development issues, and capacity to develop news
stories that are gender sensitive and promote women's equality.
Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
Oral and written fluency in English; ability to speak, understand, and
read French
Experience preparing grant proposals would be highly valued
Experience with basic HTML coding is an asset

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. Only those candidates selected for
an interview will be contacted. If you wish to apply for this position,
please send your resumé quoting reference #10/07 to: No
telephone calls please.

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Farm Radio International is a Canadian-based, not-for-profit organization
working in direct partnership with approximately 330 radio broadcasters in
39 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity. Our materials
are also available electronically to broadcasters and to rural development
organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

What we do – Our program supports broadcasters in meeting the needs of
local small-scale farmers and their families in rural communities, and
helps broadcasters build the skills to develop content that responds to
local needs.

The Network facilitates an exchange of information that:

* is aimed at increasing food supplies and improving nutrition and
* is simple, safe and practical;
* is ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable;
* can be clearly communicated by radio;
* has been proven useful and transferable within the developing world;
* requires only resources ordinarily available to small-scale farmers;
* requires little or no technical help to implement; and
* meets the needs of both women and men.


How we work – Radio is our primary method of communication. We gather and
research information about successful, low-cost practices in sustainable
agriculture, nutrition, health and community development, and produce
radio scripts for our partner-broadcasters and others engaged in rural
development. They, in turn, share the information with an audience of
millions of farmers and their family members around the world.

How to help – Read about our program, current activities, and challenges
facing farmers in Network News. If you want to get involved or have any
questions, we'd like to hear from you.

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