NSI Pilot Program Putting Aboriginals in Newsrooms

By Sarah Klein

A new pilot program will put Aboriginal students wanting to become journalists into Winnipeg newsrooms and give them a four week internship at a media outlet.

Canada’s National Screen Institute (NSI) is calling for applicants for its newest training program, NSI Aboriginal Journalism. This pilot program is designed for Aboriginal candidates with prior journalism experience, or media experience in a related field, who want to hone their skills and abilities.

Phase one — (eight weeks): Three days per week will be spent in classroom and workshop situations at the NSI Aboriginal Training Centre and two days will be spent in a local newsroom. Industry experts will share their experiences with students. Topics will include journalism principles, research techniques, critical thinking, pitching, online journalism, journalism law, social media, job preparedness and more.

Phase two — (four weeks): Participants who successfully complete phase one will be placed on a four week internship with a local media organization.

Applications are due by Monday, September 27, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. CT.

Up to eight participants in total will be chosen.

— With files from Canada’s National Screen Institute