Introducing a new fellowship for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis journalists

EDMONTON, May 29, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are pleased to announce the creation of a new fellowship aimed at improving the skills of Indigenous journalists.

CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey and APTN executive director of news and current affairs Karyn Pugliese revealed the new program during the #CAJ16 conference banquet, held at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel earlier today.

This new Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellowship will provide a 12-week, paid placement with the APTN Investigates team based in Winnipeg, Man., this coming fall. The goal is to have the recipient produce a full-length piece of original, investigative journalism that would air on APTN Investigates. The CAJ is providing promotional and logistical support to the judging panel.

"This partnership is a natural fit for the CAJ as it allows us to partner with another media organization to help build and improve on the quantity and quality of investigative reporting that takes place within our borders," CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey said. "It's a natural complement to the other fellowship programs we're a part of, our annual investigative awards program and our conference."

The CAJ will provide the fellowship recipient with a complimentary one-year membership. Moreover, they will be invited to #CAJ17 in Ottawa next year to screen the finished piece for conference delegates and discuss how it came together and was received after broadcast.

"We're pleased to have the CAJ as partners to support this new opportunity for Aboriginal journalists who want to move into the investigative field," APTN executive director of news and current affairs Karyn Pugliese said. "We're looking forward to creating a new opportunity for an Aboriginal journalist to hone their skills, advance their career and tell compelling stories."

Look for a full release of information on the program, how to apply and the entry requirements within the next few months. These details will be shared and cross-posted by APTN and the CAJ.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing over 600 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members. 

September 1, 2015, marked the 16-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862 (Canada), or visit the website at 

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

For further information: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president, 647-968-2393,, For further information about APTN or image requests, contact: Jacqueline Jubinville, Manager of Communications, APTN, (204) 947-9331, ext. 339,


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