A new mentorship program for Indigenous and Racialized journalism students has been established by the Globe and Mail and Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication.

The new program will be launched immediately and will provide two paid mentorship opportunities for Indigenous and Racialized students enrolled in the journalism program through direct interaction with journalists in the Globe’s Ottawa bureau.

“The Globe and Mail takes its leadership position in Canada seriously,” said David Walmsley, the editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail. “To maintain it, we need to be more inclusive and provide better opportunities in the future. We are excited to launch this initiative in the nation’s capital to enrich the diversity of Canadian journalism.”

Mentees will interact with Globe reporters and editors, participate in daily news meetings, and cover such events as Question Period, committees and news conferences. The Globe and Mail will provide students with mentorship through opportunities to interact with Globe reporters and with bureau chief Robert Fife.

“The Ottawa Bureau of The Globe and Mail is excited to be part of the new mentorship program for Indigenous and Racialized journalism students,” Fife said.  “We are eager both to help train the next generation of journalists and to learn from these new members of our profession. They will teach us how to deepen our understanding of the challenges, hopes and aspirations of all our citizens.”

The journalism students will also receive guidance in how to use the access to information system, the lobbyist registry, spending reports and the courts as well as other resources. Students will also be given the opportunity to assist Globe reporters with reporting assignments and also to write stories of their own that could be considered for publication.

Successful candidates will be paid the equivalent of the Globe’s freelance day-rate of $206 for each full day spent in the bureau. The successful applicants will belong to the program for the entirety of an academic year. Because of the pandemic, we are offering an abridged program this term to launch the project.

Racialized and Indigenous students in the third and fourth year of Carleton’s Bachelor of Journalism program, as well as those in both years of the Master of Journalism program are eligible to apply.

The application process will be administered by the journalism program’s Permanent Working Group on Anti-Racism and Inclusion, which was established last year as part of the journalism program’s action plan to foster greater equity, diversity and inclusion.

Applications can be submitted online now.  Successful candidates will be selected in February.

“My thanks to the Globe and to Bob Fife in particular for reaching out and proposing this mentorship program,” said Allan Thompson, the head of Carleton’s journalism program. “Confronting the systemic racism found both in our journalism program and in Canada’s journalism industry is my top priority.”

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