Toronto, April 27, 2016 - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is pleased to announce Stephanie Cram and Trevor Jang as the recipients of this year's Aboriginal Journalism Fellowships.

Cram, a Métis multimedia journalist in Winnipeg, who also has experience as a health researcher, plans to investigate issues that people in remote First Nations' communities face when trying to access health services. Cram saw some of these issues firsthand while living for eight months in the remote Sachigo Lake First Nation community in northern Ontario, while working as a trainer with Journalists for Human Rights.

Jang, a reporter and content creator at Roundhouse Radio 98.3 in Vancouver, aims to explore issues of indigenous identity and reconciliation, an idea triggered in part by the decision at an All-Native Basketball Tournament to ban a participant based on his ancestry, despite his being adopted at birth by the Heiltsuk First Nation. Jang himself is from the Laksilyu (Small Frog) Clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation in northwestern British Columbia, and is also Chinese-Canadian.

"Newsrooms across Canada desperately need more indigenous voices: the high quality of this year's Fellowship applicants suggests more and more young indigenous reporters are eager to fill those roles," says Duncan McCue, chair of the jury and Vancouver-based correspondent with The National, CBC News. "The jury was especially impressed by Stephanie Cram and Trevor Jang. We look forward to their reportage."

Established as a single fellowship opportunity, the award expanded last year to allow two Aboriginal journalists early in their careers the opportunity to explore issues of interest to First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples while being hosted by CBC News for one month at its Aboriginal centre in Winnipeg (www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal). The award aims to foster better understanding of Aboriginal issues in Canada's major media and community outlets.

The story or series resulting from the fellowship experiences will be considered for publication or broadcast by CBC News. CJF provides a stipend of $3,000, all associated travel and accommodation costs, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses for each fellow.


Encouraging Aboriginal voices and issues in the media

The CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowships are offered to two Aboriginal journalists with one to ten years of experience.

The award aims to foster better comprehension of Aboriginal issues in Canada’s major media and community outlets.
 

Successful applicants will:

• Spend one month (June, September or October, 2016) with CBC News at its Aboriginal centre in Winnipeg (www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal).
• Have a training stipend of $3,000, all associated travel and accommodation, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses, provided by The Canadian Journalism Foundation.
• Be recognized at the CJF Awards on June 16, 2016 in Toronto.
• Write or produce an article/piece or series upon completion of their fellowship opportunity, which will be considered for publication or broadcast by CBC News.


Criteria

Applications will be welcomed from Aboriginal journalists—First Nations, Métis and Inuit—who for one to ten years have been employed by, are under contract to, or are freelancing on the news and editorial side of regularly published newspapers and periodicals, television, radio, or online sites.
 

How to Apply

  • Submit a detailed proposal of no more than two pages outlining how you would like to use this opportunity to expand knowledge of a key Aboriginal issue.
  • Provide links to two examples of your work.
  • Include your resume.
  • Include at least one letter of recommendation from a relevant employer.

The recipient will be selected by a jury. All arrangements for the award assignment will be made in consultation with award winners.



For information, contact:
Natalie Turvey
Executive Director
The Canadian Journalism Foundation
nturvey@cjf-fjc.ca


Photo: CNW/Shan Qiao for The Canadian Journalism Foundation

 


PAST RECIPIENTS
Click the links to read about each fellowship experience.

2015
Nikki Wiart
Wawmeesh G. Hamilton

2014
Chantelle Bellrichard



The fellows will receive a training stipend of $3,000. All associated travel and accommodation, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses will also be provided by the CJF.
 


THE CJF THANKS THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THIS AWARD:


 


 


ROSEMARY SPEIRS
CJF Honorary Governor

ISABEL BASSETT
Former chair and CEO, TVO