Psst. Are you a reporter looking for a job?

Hello. I’m Allendria. I’m the publisher of the Athabasca Advocate weekly newspaper, and I’m looking for a general reporter to start immediately.

The Advocate serves a community of about 10,000 people. Nestled between Alberta’s boreal forest and the prairies, the Athabasca is a refuge between Edmonton and Fort McMurray. As far as small towns go, this one is particularly nice. We have about 20 kilometres of trails through forests and rolling hills, an annual riverfront music festival and a university.

The Athabasca River, with a view of the Town of Athabasca on the left.

I know what you’re thinking — a small newspaper in rural Alberta is not exactly The Globe and Mail, National Geographic or any other place you really want to be. But this is where real journalism happens. This is where you build your chops, where you start to tell the stories that change the world.

Those stories will range from sports to court to council to religion in schools to MMIWG to climate change.

If you get the job, you’ll be working with a strong, smart, ambitious team of people who are working to make this the best darned little newspaper in the country.

Here’s what our former reporters say about working here:

The Athabasca Advocate is a truly excellent, well-run newsroom to work for. It has a strong journalistic direction which offered me tons of opportunity to cover compelling stories and hone my reporting skills.
— Joseph Quigley, reporter at Haliburton Highlander
During my time in the Advocate newsroom, I covered town and regional councils, the courts, sports, education and had opportunities to write in depth profiles and features. Athabasca is a lovely community and excellent opportunity for anyone looking to get their start, develop their confidence as a reporter and learn from some great journalists.
— Matt Allen, reporter at Prince Rupert Northern View
Imagine a workplace that actively supports your development as a journalist. It also happens to be situated in a beautiful town brimming with great stories and community involvement opportunities. That’s the Athabasca Advocate, and I will always cherish my time there.
— Hannah Lawson, photographer
Opportunities abound. One of our reporters put his cowbell skills on stage with the band White Lightning at our local music festival.

Last year, we won an award for the best local news story in Alberta, and second place for excellence in rural reporting in Canada. The year before that, we had the top newspaper in our class in Alberta. We’ve won awards for multimedia projects, our editorial pages, our photography. The best prize of all — I’ve been told government officials dread our phone calls.

So if you like coffee, constructive criticism, bad puns and great journalism, drop me a line.

Qualifications

Applicants must:

  • Have a journalism degree, diploma or equivalent experience
  • Have a vehicle and a valid driver’s license
  • Have exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Know how to take a photo
  • Know the difference between a bogey and a birdie

Salary will be based initially on experience and, quite frankly, how good your work is during the three-month probation period. That said, we are competitive salary-wise versus other weekly newspaper chains throughout Alberta and offer a good medical and benefits package.

The Advocate is part of the Great West Newspapers chain, a group that includes newspapers like the St. Albert Gazette, St. Paul Journal and Okotoks Western Wheel. Great staff are rewarded and coveted, so if you excel, advancement within the chain is not only possible, but probable. 
 
Send a cover letter and a résumé to me at resumes@athabasca.greatwest.ca. I have been doing rolling interviews as résumés come in, so the sooner the better.

A member of the Dangling Ducks takes the Mini Bannock Cup for a victory lap around the Jay Bird Memorial Arena in Calling Lake.