Emerging Indigenous Reporter Internship Opportunity
Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is coordinating two paid internship opportunities, at Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), for emerging Indigenous reporters through its Indigenous Reporters Program.
Internship Opportunity: 2 positions at APTN as a Television Technician (junior) OR Researcher/Writer (trainee)
Location: APTN offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba OR Ottawa, Ontario OR Vancouver, British Columbia. Please specify which location you are interested in in your applications.
Deadline to apply: Friday, May 6, 2016
Start Date: August/September 2016
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. Additionally,
the intern will be responsible for 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,
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. For
the fourth straight year APTN has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers
and for the eighth consecutive year APTN has been recognized as Manitoba’s Top 25
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 that would otherwise be ignored and unaddressed.
Since 2002, JHR has trained over 12,500 journalists in 21 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and
the Middle East.
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 nonIndigenous
Canadians by strengthening Indigenous voices in Canadian media.
How to Apply:
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary media program OR a recent
graduate (in the last 4 years). Applicants will identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or
Inuit). Please indicate which position you are applying for (TV Tech or Researcher) and which
newsroom location you are interested in (Winnipeg, Vancouver or, Ottawa).
Please send a cover letter, resume with three (3) references and samples of your work to:
Indigenous Reporters Program
We thank all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity; however, only those
selected for an interview will be contacted.