The Watershed Sentinel is pleased to launch the second round of the Junior Reporter Mentorship Program for Indigenous writers between the ages of 18 and 30.
The goal with this program is to contribute to capacity-building in journalism in Western and rural Canada, through hands-on learning opportunities with direct mentorship by an experienced Indigenous journalist. Skills will be developed through an especial focus on environmental reporting, but will be applicable across all types of reporting.
Successful applicants will be mentored through:
- Story Workshops: In two story development workshops per month, you will receive hands-on skill building in the steps from conception to interviewing, copy writing, editing, and publica-tion.
- Direct Mentorship: You will be provided with guidance from an experienced Indigenous jour-nalist to maintain story quality and technical standards throughout story development.
- Publication: You will publish 1-2 articles per print issue (5 print issues/yr). Some stories may be assigned, and participants will also be encouraged to develop and pitch their own story ide-as. Stories will be published in print and/or online under non-commercial creative commons license.
- Training stipend – $20/hr for approximately 4 hours/month attending story work-shops
- Payment for completed articles – 25c/word to the specified length for 1-2 short form (approx 500 word) articles per issue.
Watershed Sentinel encourages Indigenous youth to apply from remote communities as well as urban centres. There are no prior educational requirements – what’s most important is a passion for sharing stories that need to be told, and genuine interest in journalism as a potential career path. While the program includes payment for training hours and finished articles, it is primarily a learning opportunity, designed to provide young writers with training and hands-on experience in all aspects of journalism.
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