The Local is an award-winning online publication devoted to exploring urban health and social issues in Toronto, with an emphasis on magazine-style journalism and reporting from local communities. We publish in-depth features, essays and opinions, along with multimedia and other experimental forms of storytelling.

In partnership with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), The Local is seeking an editorial assistant as part of JHR’s Enhanced Access to Opportunity for BIPOC Youth in Canadian Media program. This will be a 20-week newsroom internship that is open to BIPOC college and university students interested in working in journalism. This is a paid internship that provides successful candidates with experience working in a leading Canadian newsroom.

Reporting to the associate editor, you will work alongside our editorial team as we prepare to cover the 2022 municipal elections in Toronto. Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Extensive research
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Candidate outreach
  • Writing candidate profiles for our website
  • Writing newsletters
  • Drafting social media posts

The editorial assistant will also have the opportunity to pitch, develop and write a feature for the election issue, supported and guided by the editorial team.

Compensation for this 20-week newsroom internship is $15,000. There is one position available. Note that accommodations can be made for students who are returning to school in the fall and can no longer work full-time hours.


You can apply for this opportunity through the JHR page by clicking here.