Community Reporter and Public Historian Wanted:
2 Student Positions
The Bankview Community Association seeks two students – one enrolled in journalism/communications and a second in history – dedicated to community service for a pilot program beginning May 1, 2015. The successful student(s) must have excellent communication skills, be able to work independently, meet deadlines, and be enrolled in a post secondary institution. Roles and responsibilities include researching and writing bi-weekly articles/blog posts of around 500-750 words for the Bankview Community Association website, accompanied by images and/or other media. These articles, in addition to being published online, will be republished in our monthly newsletter, The View From Bankview. We would be happy to have authors include these stories in their portfolios/dossiers.
The duration of this pilot program will be 26 weeks; however, it is possible that once the initial terms have been met the program will be extended. Based on this timeline the successful student(s) will each write 13 community-focused stories that range from interviews with current Bankview residents to stories highlighting Bankview’s history. The Bankview Community Association will provide an honorarium of $260 to each student for their work, or $20.00 per article.
The community of Bankview is located on traditional Blackfoot territory. In 1882, following the signing of Treaty 7 which “opened” indigenous lands to white settlement, William Nimmons purchased much of the land that today comprises Bankview from the Hudson’s Bay Company. He and his family operated a ranch, a quarry, and a theater on this land until they began to subdivide it in 1902. Shortly thereafter, in 1908, the remaining lands were purchased by the City of Calgary and the community took on its present grid form. The Bankview Community Association was established in 1954, as part of the post-Second World War boom that saw the redevelopment and growth of many of Calgary’s inner city neighbourhoods. Today the Bankview Community Association strives to foster an atmosphere of inclusion and diversity, while representing the interests of all who call Bankview home.
If you are interested, please submit your name, a brief statement of interest along with your CV or resume, and a copy of a previously published article or scholarly assignment to the Bankview Community Association via email – BankviewCommunity@gmail.com – by Monday, April 6, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the posing deadline.