Emerging Indigenous Reporter Internship

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is coordinating a paid internship opportunity at the Toronto Star for an emerging Indigenous reporter through its Indigenous Reporters Program.

Internship Opportunity: 1 position at the Toronto Star

Location: Toronto Star Offices, Toronto ON

Deadline to apply: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 11:59PM EST

Start Date: June 20th, 2016

Duration: 12 weeks


About Toronto Star

Today, the Toronto Star is Canada's largest daily newspaper, with the largest readership in the country. It is published seven days a week in the Greater Toronto Area and is owned by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation. The Star's basic aim as a news organization is to engage in the full and frank dissemination of news and opinion, and to do so working within the highest standards of journalistic integrity. Our core mission as defined by Toronto Star publisher Joseph E. Atkinson is to focus public attention on injustices of all kinds and on reforms designed to correct them

About JHR

Journalists 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 that would otherwise be ignored and unaddressed. Since 2002, JHR has trained over 13,500 journalists in 23 countries.

In 2013, JHR launched its first project in Canada, The Northern Ontario Initiative. The project worked in remote Indigenous reserve communities across Ontario training citizens to report on, and from, their own communities. It also connected them to interested editors and news directors and taught them how to sell their freelance work to mainstream media outlets. The objective of this project was to build relationships between Indigenous communities and media
outlets to create greater awareness of Indigenous culture, peoples and issues amongst non-Indigenous Canadians by strengthening Indigenous voices in Canadian media.

How to Apply

The successful applicant may be assigned to cover crime, courts, inquests, breaking news or health and education stories, and can write both urgent material and features; in other words, almost anything is possible. We are looking for journalists who are enthusiastic, talented, curious and intelligent with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and a passion for journalism who will bring energy, ideas and new perspectives. Be prepared to pitch stories to your editors. Journalists must be able to shoot photos and should have multimedia skills. A full, unrestricted Ontario driver's licence is required for journalist positions.

Applicants will identify as Indigenous (First Nations, M├ętis or Inuit).

Please send a cover letter, resume with three (3) references and six (6) samples of your work to:

Hannah Clifford
Program Associate
Indigenous Reporters Program
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Deadline to apply is Friday, May 20, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST

We thank all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.