TORONTO, April 1, 2014 /CNW/ - To foster better understanding of
Aboriginal issues in Canada's major media and community outlets, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is pleased to introduce the new CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship.
"This is a very special new initiative for CJF," says Bob Lewis, chair
of the CJF. "It aims in a small way to help bridge the yawning gap
between traditional news media and the oft-ignored stories of Canada's
The fellowship allows an Aboriginal journalist early in his or her
career the opportunity to explore an issue of interest to First
Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples while being hosted by CBC News for one
month at its new Aboriginal centre in Winnipeg. A stipend of $3,000,
all associated travel and accommodation costs, a per diem for meals and
other reasonable expenses, will be covered by the CJF. The application
deadline is April 30, 2014.
"The issues facing Canada and Aboriginal peoples are now at the
forefront of our national conversation and will shape the nation's
future in the coming years," says the Assembly of First Nations'
National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. "It is, therefore, of utmost
importance that the voices and perspectives of Aboriginal people inform
this discussion. The CJF's Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship will
contribute to this important effort by supporting and promoting
Aboriginal journalists and ensuring they have access to the media and
mentors that will help them hone their craft and advance their
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to spend up to a
month focusing on practical answers to the questions outlined in her or
his award proposal. The story or series resulting from the experience
will be considered for publication or broadcast by CBC News. "CBC News
is invested in making sure we reflect all of Canada's communities,"
says Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News
and Centres. "This award allows CBC News to build on our commitment to
Aboriginal voices and help enrich the diversity of our content on
radio, TV and online, including on our innovative new Aboriginal web portal."
The award is among several new honours that will be presented at the 17th Annual CJF Awards on June 4 in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York.
Co-chair - Duncan McCue, Correspondent, The National, CBC News, and a member of the Chippewas
of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario
Co-chair - Bob Lewis, Chair, The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Nellie Cournoyea, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Jack Nagler, Director of Journalistic Public Accountability and Engagement, CBC
Melanie Paradis, Manager, Natural Resources & Aboriginal Affairs, NATIONAL Public
Paul Watson, Reporter, Aboriginal and Arctic beat, Toronto Star
Applications will be welcomed from Aboriginal journalists—First Nations,
Métis and Inuit—who for one to five years have been employed by, under
contract to, or freelancing on the news and editorial side of regularly
published newspapers and periodicals, television, radio, or online
HOW TO APPLY
Submit a detailed proposal of no more than two pages outlining how you
would like to use this opportunity to expand knowledge of a key
Provide links to two examples of your work.
Include your resume.
Include at least one letter of recommendation from a relevant employer.
All arrangements for the award assignment will be made in consultation
with award winners. The successful applicant will have all associated
travel and accommodation covered by the CJF, plus a training stipend
and a per diem for meals and other reasonable costs.
View the award details and online application form.
Applications must be received by April 30, 2014, 5:00 p.m. EDT.
Thank you to CBC News, RBC Foundation, CN and Rosemary Speirs, a member of the CJF Board, for their generous support of this award.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in
journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement through
an annual awards program; by organizing events that facilitate dialogue
among journalists, business people, academics and students about the
role of the media in Canadian society; by supporting journalism
websites, J-Source.ca English and ProjetJ.ca (French), in cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools;
and by fostering opportunities for journalism education, training and
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