Centennial College sports journalism students to cover the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

TORONTO, July 11, 2017 /CNW/ - This month more than 5,000 Indigenous athletes from across Canada and the United States will gather in Toronto to celebrate their culture and achievement on the field of play.

A team of 28 graduate sports journalism students from Centennial College's School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design will cover the North American Indigenous Games from July 16 to 23 over multiple platforms. Included are three online broadcasts, a full three-hour podcast, daily digital content and regular social media reports.

"This type of experiential learning is key to the educational experience in the sports journalism program," says Malcolm Kelly, the founder and coordinator of the unique nine-year-old college program.

"Whether it's going to Rio de Janeiro to cover the Paralympic Games last September, our yearly trips to baseball spring training in Florida, or the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, having the students in the field speeds up the learning process considerably."

Debbi Wilkes, former Canadian and North American skating champion and Olympic silver medalist, is leading the project as summer program coordinator. With her outstanding background in athletics, journalism and management she will offer a tremendous amount of insight to the students during the project.

Ann Buller, president of Centennial College, has been a keen supporter of this type of immersive learning at Ontario's oldest public college.

"I'm always thrilled to see our sports journalism students report on major events, such as the North American Indigenous Games and the Rio Paralympic Games," she says. "These assignments demonstrate our college's commitment to impart global perspectives and cultural competencies, as well as the essential skills of journalism in a new age of reporting."

Digital stories and podcasts may be viewed on the Toronto Observer website (http://torontoobserver.ca/), while the broadcasts can be viewed on the news outlet's YouTube channel (youtube.com/TorontoObserver).

SOURCE Centennial College

For further information: Media contact: Debbi Wilkes, Project Lead/Summer Program Coordinator, debbi.wilkes@gmail.com, 416-953-4087


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