Researcher, The Hour- TOR02595

Here’s your chance to help shape Canadian media by joining CBC Factual Entertainment as a Researcher!

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

*Please note that this is a contract position*

What’s the Role?

  • The Hour is looking for a researcher to add to its creative team.
  • This person will assist in the production of the program by suggesting ideas and/or possible guests/contributors and by seeking out and preparing material for production and presentation.
  • There is some latitude for independent judgement, but work is generally governed by established procedures and practices and performed under the regular direction and/or guidance of a Producer.
  • There is little requirement to co-ordinate the work of others.

Key Tasks:

  • Suggests ideas for, and possible guests/contributors to, programs and/or program segments.
  • Seeks out, obtains, evaluates and organizes information and materials, from individuals and/or varied sources which will contribute to the realization of the program or segment.
  • Seeks out and obtains audio and/or visual elements for programming and production. If necessary, negotiates, within established parameters, the acquisition of audio and/or visual material from internal or external suppliers.
  • Develops and maintain subject files.
  • As required, provides general administrative support to the program unit.

As required, performs the following tasks:

  • synthesize and present in writing the results of research activity;
  • vet and edit scripts for accuracy;
  • arrange for guests, commentators, panelists, etc., conduct pre-interviews, evaluate analyze and prepare relevant information;
  • brief producer and/or host.

What you Bring:

  • Job requires a minimum of one year of comparable and relevant experience.
  • Job requires a university or college degree
  • Proven experience conducting story research on a live television show
  • An understanding of and keen interest in contemporary cultural, social and political issues.
  • A keen interest in finding new ways to tell stories and expand the limits of traditional programming
  • A team player, who thrives in a high-pressure environment with daily deadlines.
    Strong organizational and storytelling skills
  • Must have the ability to handle a variety of functions quickly and efficiently
  • Innovative, flexible and must be a self starter
  • Ability to work for extended periods of time under pressure and still maintain a cooperative relationship with colleagues
  • Must be able to solve problems independently and in-group discussions
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Open to new ideas and creative approaches to stories
  • Proven ability to push for excellence

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.

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