Videojournalist, CBC News Ottawa, English Services – OTT00840

Share our passion. As Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions and brings diverse regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

CBC Ottawa’s TV news team is focused on stories that have a real impact on you and your family today. We provide complete local news and weather coverage. We uncover and discover stories first and faster than our competitors. CBC Ottawa finds details, asks tough questions and gets answers you need. We are looking for a video journalist who will be an integral part of the team and who will play an active role in maintaining the goals of the CBC Ottawa newsroom.

Your Role:

Under the general direction of the executive producer of news or delegate, operates independently and as part of a program unit to research, gather, package and present material for television news. Work is governed by CBC journalistic and programming policies and standards. Advice and guidance are regularly available but there is latitude for initiative and independent judgment. There may be opportunity to coordinate the work of others. Close cooperation with the integrated assignment desk and with the program unit is essential.


  • Produce daily reports for CBC News Ottawa at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and CBC News Latenight.Develop and maintain contacts with a variety of sources to assure current knowledge of issues and events in the coverage area that are relevant to the objectives of the program.
  • Gather information from various sources.
  • Analyze facts and information gathered and draw conclusions or raise issues requiring further investigation.
  • Arrange for, and conduct, interviews.
  • Decide which elements should be included in an item their order, length and sequence, as well as the method of transition from one element to another.
  • Develop shot list and sequences that contribute to the focus and mood of the story.
  • Prepare, align, set up and operate an ENG/EFP unit and related equipment, ensuring optimal audio, video and technical quality under prevailing conditions.
  • Light the subject or scene and compose program visual material using a hand-held camera.
  • Ensure that the material produced meets the technical and aesthetic requirements for editing.
  • Deliver all recorded materials including shot lists and sequences.
  • Edit recorded items on appropriate/available editing systems.
  • Prepare and write scripts, continuity and headlines.
  • Report the story, either on camera or in voice-over form.
  • File reports to radio, online and the network as required, in an integrated newsroom.
  • Drive a motor vehicle in the performance of the job.

As assigned or required, perform any of the following tasks:

  • Attend daily story meetings and contribute story ideas
  • Perform final edit
  • Operate other studio equipment
  • Perform routine minor maintenance on ENG/EFP camera, editing and associated equipment
  • In the field, carry out emergency repairs to camera and/or equipment

Your Profile:

  • University degree (in journalism, communications, political science or related fields) plus three years practical and relevant experience
  • Relevant experience in the preparation and delivery of reports.
  • Excellent level of technical knowledge and understanding of daily television program production methods. This includes understanding picture composition and single camera lighting.
  • Good knowledge of shooting and editing techniques.
  • Good knowledge of sound and lighting.
  • Experience in operating a camera and a portable editing controller.
  • Good knowledge of newsroom operation
  • Excellent command of English.
  • Command of French is an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of CBC journalistic policies.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Able to learn new technologies such as camera and editing work.
  • Aptitudes for working alone as well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and initiative.
  • Good interpersonal skills and drive.
  • Ease in initiating conversation/communication.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Obvious leadership qualities.
  • Able to promote constructive and collaborative working relationships, and contribute effort and ideas to the team to achieve objectives.
  • Availability to work whenever required, including on weekends, given the unexpected nature of news events and the resulting need for overtime.

If you are seeking a media environment that fosters creativity and innovation, this is the place for you.

We value the importance of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from Aboriginal Peoples, women, members of a visible minority and persons with a disability.

Please visit and apply online.

The CBC is committed to equity in employment and programming.

1 comment

  1. Patrick McDougall
    Posted July 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I hope I’ve found the right place to congratulate CBC News, Ottawa, for what I witnessed today on the 6 o’clock TV News: A talented young man presenting a report on the University of Ottawa’s plans for land it had devoted to a community vegetable garden.
    It was delivered by Brian Hicks with poise and professionalism ordinarily associated with much more experienced broadcasters.
    I don’t know Mr. Hicks but I want to congratulate him and wish him well. It is so reassuring to see someone that young display such a sure grip on his voice level, his diction, his pacing and his sense of news balance.
    I speak with some authority: I worked in Radio and TV for 37 years, retiring from the CBC after 27 years service.
    Patrick McDougall, Ottawa

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