San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre is looking to fill the following
new position for its community radio station, CHHA 1610 AM:
Local Journalism Initiative Journalist
One-Year Term Contract
Bargaining Unit Position covered by a collective agreement
San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre is the CRTC broadcasting licensed owner and
operator of the Spanish Language community radio station, CHHA 1610 AM. We were the first
dedicated Spanish language ethnic community radio licensed in Canada on the AM dial. Since
2004, we have broadcast on the 1610 AM band, 18 hours per day, predominantly programs in
Spanish with a minor percentage in English, Italian, Tagalog, Portuguese and Punjabi. We are
located at 22 Wenderly Drive in the heart of North York, Toronto.
Our audience consists of people of all ages within the Latin American community in the GTAH
whose first language is Spanish and many of whom are new immigrants. Our mission is to
empower the cohesive development of the Spanish speaking community of Toronto, by
providing opportunities for promoting cultural heritage, fostering the understanding and
respect for diverse cultural roots, through the provision of programs to assist and support
newcomers to Toronto.
Our team of radio personnel consists of two bargaining unit on-air radio hosts and many
volunteer hosts. We produce programs designed to meet the needs of our audience focusing
on topics ranging from immigration and settlement to education, health, government programs
and services, mixed in with daily local news or international news. These programs provide
information in order to assist the listeners in their daily lives.
Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) Description:
It’s local and hyperlocal journalism.
The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) program was launched by the Community Radio Fund of
Canada and funded by the Government of Canada under a one year grant. The program is
focusing on diverse, local communities that may be underserved in the Canadian news
landscape. The goal is to increase the production of community and civic news in those areas
and to make that news more accessible across the country. We’re elevating original, local
The expectation for the selected candidate is to have daily production of original locally
produced news and topics in Spanish, and relevant to the Spanish speaking, Latin American
community in Toronto, which is properly sourced and programmed for on-air segments in
Spanish and posted to the appropriate national platform for the Government of Canada.
Description of the journalist position
Position: Bargaining Unit position under a Collective Agreement with Unifor Local 87M
Term: One year term contract position
Salary: $800.00 per week
Start Date: April 4, 2022
End Date: March 31, 2023
Expected working hours: Monday-Friday, 8 hours per day. The start/ end times may
vary per day to facilitate field reporting as required.
Job Requirements – Who You Are
● Hold a degree or diploma in Journalism, Communications or Arts from an
accredited academic or technical institution OR have equivalent experience in
broadcast, print/digital journalism or writing (minimum 5 years of journalistic/radio
● Excellent radio, interview and communication skills in Spanish and English.
● Excellent writing skills and research. You love storytelling–from the initial pitch
to the publication.
● Strong people skills: You are a great listener, speaker and interviewer.
● Deadline-driven and have an eye for detail.
● Knowledge of community and regional concerns or news and a passion for local
● Strong skills in both a team setting and with independent work.
● Audio production skills and understanding of the radio community environment
● Critical thinking and ability to analyze issues and to remain impartial.
● Social media savvy, for both posting and research purposes
● Understanding diversity, different perspectives and sensitive/complex issues.
● Desire to drive news and interest in reporting on a range of topics or sites such as
city hall, courthouses, or issues such as affordable housing, employment, environmental
concerns, mental health, poverty, Indigenous rights, LGBTQ+ rights, etc.)
● Attend editorial meetings with station and LJI coordinators as needed.
We’re looking for dynamic, determined journalists who care about local, community and civic
journalism. If that sounds like you, please apply to Linda McGlade with an email cover letter
Please describe describing why you want to work at the station and include a current resume
and a few examples of your work.
San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre encourages applications from a diverse range
of candidates, including (but not limited to) women, BIPOC individuals, those who identify as
LGBTQ+, and people living with disabilities.
Thank you for your interest in the LJI program.
Application closing date: Thursday, March 30, 2022 @ 5 pm
Interview date: Friday, April 1 st , 2022
Please Contact: Linda McGlade (Executive Director) at:
Unfortunately, we can’t respond to all applicants. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
This position is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.