Headhunting Journalists!

Dear journalist headhunters!

The Indian Communication Arts (INCA) program at the First Nations University in Regina is a certificate/diploma program that can be completed almost entirely online, and prepares student for entry level positions in newsrooms.

To complete the certificate, students take 20 courses, including indigenous languages, research in indigenous communities, documenting oral traditions, English, critical thinking, public relations. If students prefer, and if it is available locally, students can also transfer up to half their courses from their local universities and colleges.

They also complete two hands-on journalism training courses: the INCA Summer Institute and the INCA Internship.

The Summer Institute is a seven-week experience that is held in Regina every second year in May-June. Our next Summer Institute will be held in May-June 2015.

Instructors in the Summer Institute are pretty much all Aboriginal journalists working in the media: Connie Walker (CBC Toronto), Nelson Bird (CTV), Merelda Fiddler (CBC Saskatchewan), Betty Ann Adam (Star Phoenix), Richard Agecoutay (CBC Toronto), John Lagimodiere (Publisher, Eagle Feather News), Larissa Burnouff (APTN) and  Mervin Brass (Treaty 4 News). See stories and profiles below.

Many of these journalists completed the INCA program years ago, and come back to teach because they have so much to share and such passion for journalism.  Students are inspired by these role models, as you see in our television project from 2013–INCA Inspired http://vimeo.com/69038162

The final requirement is a two-month internship, usually done in the student’s home community.

For students who want to skip the academics and go straight to the hands-on training, we have the option of registering only for the INCA Summer Institute. The next Summer Institute is in May-June 2015.

If you or someone you know would be interested in finding out more, please contact Shannon Avison savison@fnuniv.ca. You can also follow www.incaonline.ca to stay up to date on news and opportunities.

Thanks for sharing this.

Shannon Avison, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator

Indian Communication Arts (INCA)



Stories and profiles:

Connie Walker http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/meet-our-team-connie-walker-1.2449140

Merelda Fiddler http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/meet-our-team-merelda-fiddler-1.2446787

Betty Ann Adam http://www.thestarphoenix.com/story.html?id=7392311

Duncan McHugh http://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/duncan-mccue.html#.U3Olk61dVGg

Nelson Bird http://regina.ctvnews.ca/nelson-bird-assignment-editor-1.569597

Richard Agecoutay http://www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/explore/jobs/profiles/richard-agecoutay/

John Lagimodiere http://www.eaglefeathernews.com/

Larissa Burnouf http://aptn.ca/news/about/

Mervin Brass http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Saskatchewan/The+Afternoon+Edition+-+Sask/ID/2446209483/