The Doc Project offers professional development opportunities to CBC staff, casual/contract employees and regular CBC freelancers interested in radio documentary production and audio storytelling.

There are two ways to become involved with The Doc Project: through Open Learning opportunities, or by applying to our Mentorship Program.


One of the goals of The Doc Project is to facilitate dialogue and foster a sense of community around radio documentary production and audio storytelling. Since launching the Open Learning program in September of 2014 the Doc Project has brought together hundreds of audio producers both in person and online.

Our 'Doc Drop-In' sessions are held every 2 weeks and are open to all CBC employees, interns, freelancers and radio enthusiasts. The sessions typically take place at the CBC building in Toronto, and are frequently recorded and shared online with Doc-Project community members all over the world.

Visit our YouTube channel to watch past Doc Drop-In sessions, and join our Facebook Group to stay in the loop.

In addition to our drop-in sessions, Doc Project Mentors hold regular office hours to consult with junior producers who are interested in pitching them stories. Our full list of mentors is included below.

For more information on the Doc Project's Open Learning opportunities email


The Doc Project's Mentorship Program aims to foster collaboration and cross-pollination within the CBC Radio community. The program teams up veteran documentary makers/editors with radio producers and freelancers, to bring fresh and innovative stories to life.

Since launching in September 2014, our Mentorship Program has produced a number of celebrated and innovative documentaries. Here's a sampling:

  • Vancouver-based freelancer Willow Yamauchi teamed up with The Current's Joan Webber to produce Deaf Jams, a documentary about hearing impaired musicians.
  • CBC Moncton's Vanessa Blanch was paired with doc editor Karen Levine to tell the story of Chris Metallic; a New Brunswick student who mysteriously vanished two years ago. Their collaboration, Answer Back, Brother, aired on The Sunday Edition.
  • John Chipman, who works on As it Happens, partnered with Nicola Luksic to produce Eureka! Mapping the Creative Mind, for Ideas.
  • The Current's Gord Westmacott worked under the guidance of doc veteran Steve Wadhams to produce A Question for the Military, a documentary about the way the Canadian Military investigates the death of its soldiers.

The Mentorship Program involves a competitive application process, with successful applicants being seconded for 2-5 weeks from their regular shows/assignments to participate.*

Regular CBC freelancers are welcome to apply; they will be paid the standard freelance rate based on the item they produce.

The Doc Project affords a Canadian travel budget of up to $750 per participant. Currently, international travel will not be considered.

Doc Project Mentors include:

  • Joan Webber (The Current)
  • Nicola Luksic (Ideas)
  • Karin Wells (The Sunday Edition)
  • Mary O'Connell (Ideas)
  • Steve Wadhams (Living Out Loud)
  • Karen Levine (The Sunday Edition)
  • Greg Kelly (Ideas)
  • Iris Yudai (DNTO)

Each mentor holds 'office hours' every other week. This is a time for potential mentees to sign up for a short meeting to workshop their pitches, and/or ask for advice. It is strongly recommended that you meet with a potential mentor prior to submitting your application.

In general, mentors will work on items they are interested in airing on their home programs.

For details on office hours and mentor's contact information, email


Applications will be reviewed by the Doc Project Committee, which is composed of Lynda Shorten, Karen Levine, Joan Webber, Nicola Luksic, Steve Wadhams, Iris Yudai and Tanya Springer.

Given that professional development and learning is a priority goal for this project, the committee is looking for potential in your pitch, not perfection.

We are looking for applicants who:

  • can illustrate how this opportunity will further their professional development
  • can explain how they will share what they learn with others in the CBC community
  • are able to make a continuing contribution to the CBC

The next Mentorship application deadline is Fall 2016.

The Doc Project Mentorship application can be found here.

*All CBC employees within the Network Talk department can apply, with the consent of their show leader. Outside of Network Talk, the decision as to whether to take part in these intensive opportunities at this time is being made on case-by-case basis. As a result, outside of Network Talk, applications are open only to people recommended by managers.