New scholarship launches for African Nova Scotian youth to pursue journalism

A new scholarship has been created to encourage African Nova Scotian youth to become journalists.

The scholarship, the Global News Journalism Award, is intended to support diversity in not only journalism classrooms, but eventually in newsrooms across Canada.

Global News Halifax and the University of King’s College made the announcement of the $10,700 scholarship Tuesday afternoon at Nova Scotia Community College’s Ivany Campus in Dartmouth in front of a group of budding journalists.

The group of 13 students are part of J-School Noire, a one-day workshop offered at NSCC designed to introduce Black youth in grades seven to 12 to the journalism profession, with the ultimate aim of encouraging them to apply to journalism school and eventually pursue careers in the field.

Recognizing the need for diversity in newsrooms and amongst journalists, the Global News Award will be given to a King’s journalism student who is African Canadian with preference given to an African Nova Scotian applicant.

Doug Ruck, chair of King’s College board of governors and representing King’s at Tuesday’s J-School Noire workshop, told the students, “learning how to research, conduct interviews, write and produce stories for print and broadcast mediums is about more than just acquiring skills.

“It’s about using these technical competencies to tell stories that matter — that matter to you, and that matter to your communities.”

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