Youth in­tern­ships boost com­mu­nity me­dia in mi­nor­ity set­tings

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS -

Me­lanie Joly, Min­is­ter of Tourism, Of­fi­cial Lan­guages and La Fran­co­phonie, an­nounced a wave of new in­tern­ships in of­fi­cial lan­guage ra­dio and print me­dia in mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties last Thurs­day. This first set of nearly 60 paid in­tern­ships across the coun­try stems from $ 4.5 mil­lion bud­geted over five years to sup­port of­fi­cial lan­guage mi­nor­ity me­dia in the Ac­tion Plan for Of­fi­cial Lan­guages launched ear­lier this year, and the move was wel­comed by the Con­sor­tium of Of­fi­cial Lan­guage Mi­nor­ity Com­mu­nity Me­dia.

"We wel­come this ad­di­tional fund­ing des­tined to build me­dia ca­pac­ity and sup­port the dis­tri­bu­tion of in­for­ma­tion to our lo­cal com­mu­ni­tie,” said Steve Bon­spiel, Pres­i­dent of the Que­bec Com­mu­nity News­pa­pers As­so­ci­a­tion. “Through this ca­pac­ity build­ing ini­tia­tive, lo­cal me­dia will be able to enhance their con­tri­bu­tion to the vi­tal­ity and sense of in­clu­sive­ness of our mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties."

Ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent of English­language Arts Net­work (ELAN), Bet­tina For­get “Que­bec’s English-speak­ing com­mu­nity does not suf­fer from a lack of con­tent in its own lan­guage. What we do lack is in­for­ma­tion about our com­mu­ni­ties, and plat­forms to share our own sto­ries. This is a role that can only be played by com­mu­nity me­dia. Stronger me­dia means stronger com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Ac­tion Plan for Of­fi­cial Lan­guages an­nounced by the fed­eral government last March also in­cludes $ 10 mil­lion over five years to de­velop the ca­pac­ity of the Of­fi­cial Lan­guage com­mu­nity me­dia.

"Com­mu­nity me­dia is at the heart of lo­cal in­for­ma­tion in the coun­try and we must help de­velop the skills of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­sure the con­tin­ual flow of com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion. The fed­eral government’s in­vest­ment is a first step in the de­vel­op­ment of an ac­tion plan that will en­sure that our com­mu­nity me­dia ac­tiv­i­ties are main­tained over short and medium term," said Fran­cis Sonier, Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion de la presse fran­co­phone.

For his part, Claude Chabot, pres­i­dent of the Al­liance des ra­dios com­mu­nau­taires du Canada, be­lieves that "the mea­sures an­nounced to­day will ben­e­fit not only the lo­cal me­dia but es­pe­cially all cit­i­zens of the com­mu­ni­ties they served."

The Con­sor­tium of Of­fi­cial Lan­guage Mi­nor­ity Com­mu­nity Me­dia, whose mem­bers speak with one voice, rep­re­sents some 105 news­pa­pers and ra­dio sta­tions in 10 prov­inces and 3 ter­ri­to­ries. Cre­ated in 2016 by the As­so­ci­a­tion de la presse fran­co­phone (APF), the Que­bec Com­mu­nity News­pa­pers As­so­ci­a­tion (QCNA) and the Al­liance des ra­dios com­mu­nau­taires du Canada (ARC du Canada), the Con­sor­tium has just wel­comed the English-lan­guage Arts Net­work (ELAN) in its ranks as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of English-speak­ing com­mu­nity ra­dio in Que­bec.

The new in­tern­ships for young Cana­di­ans have been de­vel­oped through the Young Canada Works pro­gram, and are al­ready in place in me­dia across the coun­try, in­clud­ing The Record.

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