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Careers at The Canadian Press

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to work for Canada’s national news agency, we invite you to read through this Careers section. You'll find information on:

Our organization
Our work culture 
Our commitment to diversity 

Types of jobs in our newsrooms 
A day in the life of our journalists
Types of jobs in our other operations 
Applying for a job at The Canadian Press 

Our organization

The Canadian Press is the nerve centre of news distribution in this country. While the company has historically maintained a low public profile, it is responsible for most of the news you read and hear in Canada.

Employees across the country work around the clock to send information to newspapers, radio and TV stations and to the insatiable world of online consumers.

News from The Canadian Press is transmitted as soon as it happens. Stories are built constantly to add details, quotes and context. Our reports show up in daily newspapers, on TV and radio, on cellphones and on computer desktops.

More about us  and our people and editorial values 

Our work culture

We are committed to recruiting, training and promoting the best and brightest employees. We strive to provide our team with an exciting, nurturing, progressive and supportive work environment. In return, we expect that employees will strive for excellence and perform as thorough professionals. We’re all pulling together in one way or another to ensure that The Canadian Press and Broadcast News are recognized as Canada’s leading news authorities.

More on our people and editorial values 

Our commitment to diversity

We’re deeply committed to diversifying our workforce so that it reflects the rich diversity of Canada. We’re an equal-opportunity employer, and we particularly welcome applications from women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons and persons with a disability.

More on our commitment to diversity

Types of jobs in our newsrooms

Jobs in our newsrooms include: Bureau Chief, Department Head, News Editor, Audio Supervisor, Reporter/Editor, Photographer, Photo Editor, Graphic Artist, Studio Editor, Online Producer and Editorial/Audio Assistant. The largest classification by far is Reporter/Editor.

Our journalists cover news of all types: politics, public policy, health, business, sports and entertainment, to name some of the main subject areas. Our reporters, photographers, graphic artists and editors gather and shape the news with the mission of telling the Canadian story to Canadians each and every day. We also provide an extensive file of international news through our network of stringers around the globe and our exclusive affiliation with The Associated Press, the world’s largest news agency. And we have access to news reports from many daily newspaper clients and hundreds of broadcasters across the country, the heart of a news exchange that supports the reporting of our own journalists.

The Canadian Press head office is in Toronto. We have a large news centre in Montreal, which transmits news in English and French, and other bureaus in Halifax, Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver. Correspondents work out of smaller operations in Victoria, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Quebec City, Fredericton, St. John’s and Washington, D.C.

Day in the life of our journalists

You can't call this a typical 9-to-5 job, that's for sure. Every day is unique and pushes each journalist's ability to multi-task. Recently, our bureau was called on to provide extensive coverage of the intense manhunt for a Mountie killer in Saskatchewan. We were constantly providing clips for radio clients as quickly as possible, and provided constant updates as this story twisted and turned, from the deaths of the two Mounties, to the astonishing finale when the suspect turned himself in to police. – Lisa Arrowsmith, Reporter, Edmonton

 'Find a job you like, and you add five days to every week.' I'm lucky enough to be able to verify that statement first-hand. There is no set routine when you report for Ottawa. The pace is fast and energetic, but there is also time for more in-depth, investigative work. Assignments have taken me around the world twice, including to Sri Lanka, where we covered the tsunami devastation in early 2005. I will never forget the people there who smiled and welcomed us amid so much suffering. – Sue Bailey, Editor, Ottawa

If there is one thing that can be said about working at The Canadian Press, there is no typical day. Each day, every assignment is different. One moment you're walking in to do a supposedly routine desk/reporting shift and the next you're thrust into the middle of a fatal helicopter crash - or some other adrenaline-charged event. It's when you're in the middle of situations like that you also realize you're working with some of the best people in journalism - people whose ability, insight, professionalism and determination to present the unvarnished truth is extraordinary. – Murray Brewster, Reporter, Halifax

  From the time I was hired at The Canadian Press more than 16 years ago, until now, much has changed at the national wire service. I started as a newscaster after working in private radio, but was eventually able to work on just about every desk the company had to offer, from writing to editing to sports to audio to reporting. After leaving Queen's Park for Ottawa, I was brought into an environment that allowed me not only to broaden my skills as a reporter and editor, but also to see much of the world. I have done so many things: travelling with prime ministers, covering natural and man-made disasters, working in war zones and other trouble spots around the world. But more importantly for me, I have been able to break and write stories that directly impact people's lives. And more recently, I have been able to tell those stories in so many mediums. – Terry Pedwell, Reporter, Ottawa

We come in each day not knowing exactly what lies ahead. A slow summer day when we have to scrape around for stories that will interest the rest of Canada or a sudden disaster in a remote part of the country that makes us scramble just to get basic information. When a big news story breaks, it’s amazing to see the kind of work a team of dedicated professionals can produce. The day four RCMP officers were murdered in Mayerthorpe, our legislature correspondent used his sources to get the first confirmation; one reporter in the bureau got the shooter’s father on the phone within minutes, another desker was filing voice reports for broadcast and others were rushing to the scene. I’ve seen it happen the same way many times. Staffers park their egos as they put everything they have into working together to tell great stories. No wonder our jobs are considered some of the best in Canadian journalism. – Lorraine Turchansky, News Editor, Edmonton

Our job is to help set the news agenda, but one of the most exciting aspects of working at The Canadian Press is having to respond immediately to breaking news such as a plane crash, a major court ruling or the death of someone who is well-known. Getting the news out accurately and quickly on such stories is a thrill that doesn't fade even after many years at the national news-gathering service.

It is also rewarding to see our copy posted on various websites and to hear it on radio stations within minutes of it being sent to wire. This drives home the reality that the days of filing stories solely for newspapers are long and truly gone and that our copy is valued by a wide variety of organizations.

I also like working at The Canadian Press because of the truly national scope of our coverage. Our pan-Canadian network helps Canadians find out what is going on elsewhere in their country. People in New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island, for example, can read on websites or in their local newspaper about a major story from British Columbia or Alberta. In a country the size of Canada, where there is a multitude of interests, such an exchange of information is very important. – Donald McKenzie, Bureau Chief, Montreal

What I love about The Canadian Press is the way we truly cover Canada – not just the major cities. Whether it's a mine fire in Esterhazy, Sask., or an anti-logging blockade in Kenora, Ont., staff get to the story and provide extensive coverage, in French and English, for the entire country. Even when a story important to Canadians is in another country – such as the inquiry in Scotland into the submarine fire that claimed a Nova Scotia sailor's life, or the murder trial in Florida of former Manitoba resident Monique Turenne – The Canadian Press is there to tell the stories that matter to Canadians. – Steve Lambert, Reporter, Winnipeg

Types of jobs in our other operations

In addition to journalists, our team includes:

  • Information Technology: Technical specialists, software developers, technicians, customer support representatives.
  • Sales and Marketing: Account executives and managers, sales representatives, customer service representatives, marketing co-ordinators.
  • Finance and Administration: Accountants, administrative assistants,
    office co-ordinators, office assistants.

Applying for a job at The Canadian Press

When we hire, we seek energetic and highly motivated journalists who have experience working in print and broadcast at a fast pace. Experience filing to online sites is an asset, as is the ability to speak both English and French.

We have a reputation for accuracy, speed, objectivity and excellence, and it’s a reputation we won’t compromise. To be a journalist for The Canadian Press, you must live and breathe these values.

The right candidates exude a passion for news, possess strong interpersonal and communications skills, can stay level-headed in a rapidly changing environment and have good computer and Internet skills. A university education is not an absolute prerequisite but is a definite asset.

Sound like a team you’d like to join?

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