King’s extends partnership with Canadian Association of Black Journalists’ J-School Noire

King’s extends partnership with Canadian Association of Black Journalists' J-School Noire

After a successful inaugural year, King’s is thrilled to share the news that it has extended its financial sponsorship of J-School Noire (JSN), an educational initiative spearheaded by the Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ). This commitment will ensure that Black youth across Nova Scotia will be trained and mentored by Black media professionals in 2021 and 2022.

J-School Noire introduces Black youth aged 12 to 18 to the field of journalism. King’s is a critical partner in the CABJ’s effort to improve recruitment, hiring and promotion of Black Canadian media professionals. “The CABJ put together an impressive workshop for young Black students this spring,” said Tim Currie, Director of the King’s School of Journalism. “Their efforts have the potential to add many new voices and bring important stories to the public. We’re very pleased to support that.”

Noah and Joshua, grade six students and the youngest participants at the inaugural J-School Noire event, said their favourite parts of the day were learning about lighting and different types of camera shots.

Nadia Stewart, the CABJ’s Executive Director, said she is very pleased King’s is making this multi-year commitment. “JSN is unique in that we are connecting Black youth with Black journalists for a hands-on, on-campus learning experience,” said Stewart. “By empowering youth to tell their own stories, we’re giving them the tools and connecting them with mentors who’ll help them find their voice and even launch their own platforms. These kids are the future of this industry.”

J-School Noire was transformational from the moment the CABJ launched it in Halifax during African Heritage Month 2020. One member of the inaugural JSN class, who had been eyeing a career in law, instead switched her career trajectory to journalism not long after the session.

The CABJ will expand J-School Noire to other Canadian cities beginning in 2021. There are opportunities for more organizations—both large and small—to become involved.

Wondering what happens at J-School Noire? Check out this video from the CABJ that shares highlights from their workshop.

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