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Announcing the 2018 Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellow

TORONTO, May 4, 2018 /CNW/ - APTN and Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are pleased to announce Jamuna Galay-Tamang as the 2018 Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellow.

Galay-Tamang is of Dene-Metis and Nepali heritage and has joined the team at APTN Investigates based in Winnipeg for a 12-week paid placement. This is the second year for the fellowship and the recipient was announced at the start of the CAJ conference in Toronto.

"APTN is pleased to support Indigenous journalists as they take up the challenge of working in the investigative field. Jamuna's pitch was exciting in its vision and scope," APTN director of news and current affairs Karyn Pugliese said. "I am deeply grateful to the CAJ for partnering with APTN in our effort to support and expand the field of investigative Indigenous journalism. Our people are underserved and desperately need more investigative journalists."

In her reporting plan, Galay-Tamang pitched an investigative project looking at the challenges of providing potable water to Indigenous communities only accessible by air or winter roads. APTN will provide the logistical and editorial support for her to complete her work, with the goal of producing an episode to air later this year.

"The CAJ is pleased to be a part of a program in partnership with APTN that helps develop investigative skills to Indigenous journalists whose careers are already underway," CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey said. "We thank APTN for making this crucial opportunity available for a second year."

The CAJ provided logistical and promotional support and led the fellowship's selection commitment. Galay-Tamang attended the 2018 CAJ conference and will be invited to the 2019 conference to present her completed piece.

ABOUT CAJ:

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing about 600 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.

ABOUT APTN:

APTN launched in 1999 as the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world, creating a window into the remarkably diverse mosaic of Indigenous Peoples. A respected non-profit, charitable broadcaster and the only one of its kind in North America. Sharing our stories of authenticity in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages, to approximately 11 million Canadian TV subscribers. With over 80 percent Canadian content, APTN connects with its audience through genuine, inspiring, and engaging entertainment through multiple platforms.

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For further information:

Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president, 647-968-2393, nick@caj.ca;

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