Canadian fellowship to improve skills of indigenous journalists

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The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN ) have 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 Puglieserevealed the new program during the #CAJ16 conference banquet, held at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel on Monday.

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. – CNW

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