Journalists for Human Rights and Loyalist College announce a new
scholarship for emerging Aboriginal journalists in Ontario.
TORONTO, March 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and Loyalist College are proud to announce a new scholarship
opportunity for emerging Aboriginal journalists in Ontario.
The JHR and Loyalist College Aboriginal Reporters Scholarship will give two emerging Aboriginal journalists the opportunity to attend
the Loyalist-Trent eight-week summer institute in journalism.
Scholarship recipients will study the fundamentals of reporting and
technical journalism skills with students enrolled in the
Trent-Loyalist Joint Major in Journalism.
Scholarship recipients will be selected from a talented pool of
candidates who have participated in community-based media training
during JHR's Northern Ontario Initiative.
JHR's Executive Director Rachel Pulfer believes this scholarship will
increase opportunities for Aboriginal people to pursue post-secondary
studies in journalism. "This is a great step forward in JHR's efforts
to ensure that Aboriginal people have access to the resources they need
to become journalists, and we're happy to be working with Loyalist to
make that access a reality."
Kathleen Bazkur, Acting Dean of Media, Arts + Design at Loyalist
College, believes the benefits to all students will be meaningful. "We
celebrate inclusive learning and we're delighted to be working with
Journalists for Human Rights to help shape future journalists with
diverse stories to tell."
The Loyalist-Trent Summer Institute in Journalism will take place at
Loyalist College Campus in Belleville, Ontario throughout May and June
2014. The scholarship will cover participants' tuition and
accommodation costs for the duration of the program.
JHR's Northern Ontario Initiative, launched in June 2013, is a
community-based media development project. JHR journalism trainers work
with emerging Aboriginal journalists to increase their capacity to
report on and from their communities while selling their work to
mainstream media outlets. This work has enabled Aboriginal people to
have a greater voice in Canadian media while also building economic
opportunities for Aboriginal people in media. Additionally, JHR has
been working with non-Aboriginal journalists to build their capacity to
report more effectively on Aboriginal communities.
Notes for Editors:
Journalists for Human Rights (www.jhr.ca) is Canada's leading media development organization. JHR helps
journalists build their capacity to report ethically and effectively on
human rights and governance issues in their communities. Since 2002,
JHR has trained over 12,500 journalists whose stories have reached over
50 million people.
JHR currently has projects in Jordan, Sierra Leone, the Democratic
Republic of Congo, and Northern Ontario.
Loyalist College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining rigorous academic
standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Programs range
from apprenticeships and certificates to diplomas and post-graduate
studies. Loyalist offers 65 full-time programs and 77 university
transfer agreements around the world. The best testament to the
College's value is from students, 96 percent of whom say they would
recommend Loyalist to a friend. Loyalist is committed to helping
students find great jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the
economic and social development of all individuals in its communities.
SOURCE: jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)
For further information:
For more information about the JHR-Loyalist College Aboriginal Reporters Scholarship or the Northern Ontario Initiative, please contact Claire Hastings, JHR's Director of Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org, 416 413 0240 ext. 206