Lets-Find-OutLet’s Find Out is a monthly podcast produced by Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips. Each month, a question is posed from an Edmontonian about local history, and together they find out the answer. The podcast’s goals are to reflect Edmontonians’ culture and history back to them, showcase resources and skills available in the city to learn about local history, and demonstrate enthusiasm, curiosity, and open-mindedness in learning about history.

Let’s Find Out is a listener-driven podcast.  Chris makes a special effort to highlight under-represented areas of Edmonton’s history, including marginalized cultural communities, natural history, Indigenous histories, and queer history.

About Chris-Yen Phillips

Chris is a storyteller and a people weaver. Chris - Let's Find OutBorn and raised in Edmonton, Chris loves hearing and sharing stories about the city. He’s intensely curious about the small cultural communities that get bypassed in official histories, and how culture and nature shape each other. Since 2014, he;s worked as News Coordinator for CJSR, Edmonton’s campus and community radio station. He’s previously worked for CBC Radio in Toronto, and written for print and online media like Vue Weekly.

Chris’s passion for encouraging neighbours led to founding Shareable Neighbourhood, a grassroots community group that organized tours and workshops about the culture, ecology, and history of Mill Creek & Old Strathcona.

Chris sees it as his mission work to tell stories that make people believe that they belong and that they matter by reflecting how our histories are woven together.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Chris is looking for an assistant producer to assist with researching, recording, and editing 10 episodes of the podcast (June 2017 – March 2018).

Responsibilities:

  • Helping record episodes in the field
  • Helping answer listener emails
  • Doing preliminary research, including making preliminary contacts for stories and visiting libraries and archives
  • Listening to rough drafts of episodes and offering editing feedback

Qualifications:

  • Enjoys doing thorough research and encouraging others to do the same
  • Strong track record of meeting deadlines
  • Must have experience editing in Adobe Audition or equivalent audio editing software
  • Must have experience producing radio or podcast projects
  • Must have experience field recording for audio projects
  • Must have demonstrated skills researching for media or history projects

Terms:

  • $25/hour
  • 16 hours/month
  • June 2017 – March 2018

Application Guidelines:

Send a resume, cover letter, and 2 audio samples of your work to chris@letsfindoutpodcast.com. Audio samples must be sent as 192 kbps MP3 files, submitted as email/Google Drive attachments, downloadable SoundCloud links, or SendSpace/WeTransfer links. Do not submit Dropbox links, for heaven’s sake.

Deadline: 3 PM, Monday May 29, 2017.

Applicants from marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be considered, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, nationality, or age.

Do you have a question about Edmonton’s history? Are you curious about how nature and culture have shaped each other here, the stories waiting to be told about queer Edmontonians, or our city’s many cultural communities? Shoot an email to  Chris Chang-Yen Phillips at his email address above.