Call for submissions: CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships

TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2017 /CNW/ - To encourage Indigenous voices and issues in the media, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), together with CBC News, is accepting applications to its CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships program.

This unique award allows two early-career Indigenous journalists (one to 10 years of experience) to explore Indigenous issues while hosted by CBC News for one month at its Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. The application deadline is Feb. 24, 2017.

"This fellowship gave me the unique opportunity to do on-the-ground and in-depth reporting from a remote First Nation community—an opportunity not often given to journalists so early in their career," says Stephanie Cram, one of two 2016 fellows, who travelled to Sachigo Lake First Nation in northwestern Ontario, 425 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout, for her experience. "Thanks to the fellowship, I am now more confident in my abilities to write for the web and radio, and to take on more complicated stories."

A $3,000 stipend, all associated travel and accommodation costs, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses, will be covered by the CJF.

Cram, who is Métis and is now an associate producer with CBC Indigenous, explored the diverse problems people face when trying to access health services in the north under the federal Non-Insured Health Benefits program. Read about Cram's experience, including links to her work.

The other 2016 fellow was Trevor Jang, now a freelance journalist writing for CBC Indigenous and Discourse Media. Jang is from the Laksilyu (Small Frog) Clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation in northwestern British Columbia and is also Chinese-Canadian. He explored issues of identity, travelling to Calgary as well as the fly-in Heiltsuk First Nations community of Bella Bella on B.C.'s central coast. Read about Jang's experience, including links to his work.

This year's recipients will be recognized at the annual CJF Awards at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 8, 2017. Early-bird rates for tickets and tables are available until March 31, 2017.

Read the award details and apply using the online application form.

Thank you to RBC Foundation and CN, along with individual donors Rosemary Speirs, CJF honorary director, and Isabel Bassett, former chair and CEO of TVO, for their generous support of this award.

About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers' series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites (English) and (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

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For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, Phone: 416-955-0396, E-mail:


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