1871 Productions, a subsidiary of Screen Siren Pictures, is producing a landmark series for Knowledge Network; British Columbia - A History will be an immersive, dramatic, entertaining four-part documentary series as well as an interactive digital timeline project outlining the history of this province. 1871 Productions, like many of Screen Siren’s projects, specializes in creating media that changes the conversation. We feel this project provides a unique opportunity to mentor post-secondary students. Whether it’s increasing their skill set while working across archival materials, historical storytelling, or gaining hands-on experience in a documentary production office, they’ll be part of an important and timely project that’s working to showcase the lesser-known history that is often missing from mainstream sources and education systems.
The series encompasses the sprawling, dynamic, and complex history of what is now referred to as British Columbia, with stories spanning across the consolidation and conflicts arising from the formation of the 6th province, and the most westerly point of Canada. The project takes a pluralistic and multi-narrative approach, highlighting the people, the families, and the dreamers that shaped this province. It will air on Knowledge Network in 2021.
Duties and responsibilities
The Digital Story and Content Manager will become an integral part of our small startup team, and will have the opportunity to wear many hats. Your tasks will include the following:
- Developing a workflow for content creation, storytelling, writing, with additions to archives and digital media database
- Designing, researching and developing content to place into database website that will be transferred via an API to the final site
- Writing articles and stories that will be featured on the DM timeline
- Engaging in the digitization of archives and unknown materials for content entry and sources
- Managing the organization’s website library database, including updating archive resources and linking archives to the main stories
- Flagging clearances and licensing specialist for content going into database
- Database management and entry so the API can send out stories from our historical timeline
Knowledge and skills
- You are fluent in English
- You have strong verbal and written communication skills
- You have experience with digital writing and publishing
- You enjoy working on multiple story elements simultaneously
- You love learning new things and working as part of a small team
- Additional skills and knowledge that we welcome: archival research, news research, data entry
- Post-secondary degree required in fields of history, journalism, creative writing or archives.
- Open to youth of any background, between the ages of 20 - 30
- Any previous experience with digital publishing or website content is encouraged, including self-published projects.
Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.
Qualified interns are:
- Post-secondary graduates – this is not a requirement for residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut applying for internships in those territories
- Underemployed (employed below their level of education or work part-time)
- Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Available to work for at least six months
- Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns)
*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment and Skills Strategy initiative.