The Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) has announced that J-School Noire will expand to hold online workshops in four Canadian cities during African Heritage Month. The initiative first launched in Halifax during 2020 with support from the University of King’s College, and King’s is pleased to continue its sponsorship of J-School Noire Halifax in 2021. Organized by CABJ, J-School Noire offers free, two-day workshops for Black Canadian youth, focusing on virtual media training and mentorship. The program creates opportunities for Black students in junior high and high school “to learn from top media pros and build their storytelling skills” with subjects including writing, editing, hands-on shooting, podcasting and interviewing.
“We are thrilled that dozens of students will get a unique opportunity to be trained and mentored by some of Canada’s best,” says CABJ Atlantic Director Brian Daly, who runs the J-School Noire program. “Black youth have so many stories to tell. The CABJ and its sponsors will provide them with a chance to be seen and heard on the world stage.”
Starting in Ottawa the weekend of February 6-7, the program will return to Halifax for the weekend of February 13-14. Edmonton will host the program the weekend of February 20-21, with a final stop in Toronto over February 27-28.
“J-School Noire has assembled a fantastic lineup,” says Tim Currie, Director of the University of King’s College School of Journalism. “These sessions offer great opportunities for students, and will hopefully encourage them to consider bringing their skills and experiences to a career in the media. We’re very pleased to support these training camps.”
The training students receive during the weekend camps will be enhanced by mentoring sessions offered through the end of the school year.
Photo courtesy of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists.