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INDIGENOUS REPORTERS PROGRAM: Emerging reporter internship opportunities

Journalists for Human Rights' Indigenous Reporters Program is coordinating two (2) paid internship opportunities for emerging Aboriginal reporters.


  • 1 position at APTN as a Television Technician (junior) OR Researcher/Writer (trainee) 
  • 1 position at EITHER Wawatay News OR Netnewsledger as a Junior Reporter



  • APTN offices in either Ottawa or Winnipeg
  • Wawatay News and Netnewsledger offices in Thunder Bay

Deadline to apply: September 19, 2014

Start Date: October 20, 2014
Duration: 3 months

The Television Technician (junior) (APTN) works under the supervision of the Director or Producer and provides support to the Studio Crew in the day to day production of APTN News and Current Affairs Programming while adhering to the highest journalistic standards, procedures and practices. Key responsibilities include working as a teleprompter, electronic graphics, switcher, audio, AD, studio camera operator, floor director, and editor. Also, prepping the studio prior to production, which includes lighting, camera set-up and striking the set following production.
The Researcher/Writer (trainee) (APTN) works under the direction of the Assignment Editor and gathers content for News and Current Affairs while adhering to the highest journalistic standards, procedures and practices. Key responsibilities include searching for stories; researching, developing ideas using leads/tips; pitching story ideas; interviewing sources, preparing story outlines, reviewing archives; assisting with the preparation of published stories, etc.
The Junior Reporter (Wawatay) will work with the editor to generate original story ideas and submit story lists prior to assigned story meetings. The Junior Reporter will write news and feature stories based on information gathered through personal or telephone interviews, meetings and events, and research online or other places for publication on the internet and in print newspaper. Other duties include taking photographs for publication, editing photos using Adobe Photoshop and writing cutlines; proofreading editorial copy on production day; maintaining a filing system that allows stories/content to be tracked over time; and writing stories and briefs for special projects as assigned. Some travel and evening and weekend work will be required.
The Junior Reporter (Netnewsledger) will be writing features, covering crimes, courts, inquests, breaking news, health and education stories. The Junior Reporter will also be required to take photographs and work in other multimedia departments including videography and web publication. This position requires a variety of interests in journalism including sports, city, living and business. Also, assisting in live broadcasts for website publication may be required, as well as maintaining and updating social media streams.

To Apply:

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary media program OR a recent graduate (in the last 4 years). To apply send a cover letter, resume with 3 references and samples of your work to:
Chris Kornacki
Program Coordinator, Indigenous Reporters Program
Please indicate which of the two internships you’re applying for, and for APTN, which city (Ottawa or Winnipeg) you’d like to be placed in, as well as which position you are applying for (TV Tech or Researcher).
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


Information about Media Partners

About APTN Winnipeg:

APTN is 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. The APTN Winnipeg head office  is a hub for national stories and community based reporting. The Winnipeg office is heavily focused on broadcast journalism. 

About APTN Ottawa:

The APTN Ottawa bureau is the hub for anyone interested in covering national political news stories.

About Wawatay News Thunder Bay:

Wawatay News is a bi-weekly community print newspaper which has been published since 1974. Wawatay News is mostly distributed to First Nation communities in the remote north of Ontario and Manitoba. Wawatay News Online is an award winning website, which is updated daily with stories from Northwestern Ontario. Wawatay also publishes 3 quarterly magazines. 

About Netnewsledger Thunder Bay:

Netnewsledger is Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario’s source for online news. NetNewsledger offers news, information, opinions and positive ideas for Thunder Bay, Ontario, Northwestern Ontario and the world through online stories, columns, videos, live broadcasts and an expansive social media network. Netnewsledger covers a large region of Ontario, but are also widely read around the country and the world. Their motto is “News at the speed of the Internet.”

INDIGENOUS REPORTERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Supporting inclusive media in Canada.

  • Four (4) bursary opportunities are open to Indigenous students currently enrolled in a media or journalism programs at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • The value of the bursary is $4,500
  • Deadline to apply: October 17, 2014

If shortlisted, you will be contacted for an interview in early November, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  Selections will be made by December, 2014.

About Journalists for Human Rights

Journalist for Human Rights (JHR) is Canada’s leading media development organization. Through skills training and mentorship, JHR empowers journalists to report ethically and effectively on local human rights issues. Since 2002 JHR has trained over 12,500 journalists in 21 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Canada.

JHR started its first project in Canada in 2013. Working with Indigenous communities, JHR trained community members and journalists to report on, and from their communities. Project participants worked with editors, news directors, and JHR trainers to learn how to sell their freelance work to mainstream media outlets. Through their published and broadcast work, project participants increased Canadians’ awareness of Aboriginal culture, people, and actively contributed to the public conversation in on Indigenous issues in Canada.

About the Indigenous Reporters Program

In 2014, JHR launched the Indigenous Reporters Program, a program that supports young, Indigenous people in their journeys to becoming professional journalists. Eligible students can apply for bursaries, scholarships and internships to support their post-secondary journalism and media studies and gain professional experience.
JHR is proud to empower the next generation of strong and talented Indigenous Canadian Journalists.

To apply for a bursary for the Winter 2015 academic semester, please send the following by email to chris@jhr.ca:
  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page) outlining your background, where you are from, the school and program you are enrolled in, why you are studying media, and your career goals
  • A 500 word essay on how you would benefit from this bursary
  • A copy of your CV, including contact information
  • Two reference letters
  • A copy of your transcript; or proof of enrollment 
  • Deadline:  October 17, 2014.

There will be another call for bursary applicants in the spring of 2015. 
For questions about the bursary program, or inquiries about the other opportunities offered through the JHR Indigenous Reporters Program, please contact:
Chris Kornacki,
Program Coordinator, Indigenous Reporters Program


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