Launched in 2014 after a successful pilot program ‘The Northern Ontario Initiative’, the now multi-award winning Indigenous Reporters Program seeks to increase the quality and quantity of Indigenous stories and voices in media in Canada.

To achieve this the program

  • Works directly in and with Indigenous communities, engaging interested community members on journalism and media literacy capacity building programming.
  • Creates pathways of opportunities for Indigenous peoples to pursue careers in journalism through internship, mentorship and networking opportunities ultimately strengthening Indigenous voices in Canadian media.
  • Engages and trains non-Indigenous journalists and journalism students on best practices for reporting on Indigenous stories to ensure stories are reported on with more accuracy, frequency, and offer better informed perspectives.

With better coverage, people across Canada can have a better understanding of Indigenous stories and the media can better reflect the diverse voices in the country.

JHR has also published a series of reports through the program. Including, Buried Voices and Buried Voices: Changing Tones which examined the frequency of Indigenous coverage in Ontario media from 2010 to 2013 and 2013 to 2016, respectfully. And, Emerging Voices, a dual examination into access to post-secondary journalism education for Indigenous youth in Ontario, and what post-secondary journalism programs in the province are doing to implement TRC Call to Action #86. Read the studies in the publications page, here.

Current opportunities in the Indigenous Reporters Program:

  • JHR & TVO Call for Pitches: Northern Ontario First Nations are dealing with unique challenges and creating unique solutions to the COVID- 19 crisis. This partnership aims to give a platform to some of those stories. We are looking for original reporting and feature stories relating to COVID-19 in Northern Ontario First Nations. Stories will be published on the TVO.org website and on other TVO-branded platforms. Successful applicants will be supported through a JHR-facilitated pitch process and TVO mentorship.

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Stories from the Field

Rewriting Journalism: How to Support Emerging Indigenous Reporters

September 4th, 2020|Comments Off on Rewriting Journalism: How to Support Emerging Indigenous Reporters

Two children using equipment from the Indigenous Reporters Program in Nibinamik First Nation Photo credit: Adrianna Oskineegish This article was written by Shelby Lisk and published on TVO.org https://www.tvo.org/article/rewriting-journalism-how-to-support-emerging-indigenous-reporters TVO.org speaks with Megan Fowler of Journalists [...]

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Out of the Big Bush

October 10th, 2019|Comments Off on Out of the Big Bush

By: Kimberley Hartwig, Community Journalism Trainer Since arriving in Nibinamik over five months ago I have yet to leave the reserve. It’s become a bit of a badge of honour for me. Most people here [...]

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Out of the Big Bush

October 10th, 2019|Comments Off on Out of the Big Bush

By: Kimberley Hartwig, Community Journalism Trainer Since arriving in Nibinamik over five months ago I have yet to leave the reserve. It’s become a bit of a badge of honour for me. Most people here [...]

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Live with 90.1FM Fort Albany

October 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Live with 90.1FM Fort Albany

By: Sam Calio, Community Journalism Trainer This month I’ve spent a lot of time in the Fort Albany radio station. It’s a small building tucked away in the middle of the community. My after school [...]

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