Okay, okay, so this is technically Canada news, but I’m gonna post on it anyway since it sounds so fucking cool. Shameless Magazine, whose blog wrote about Girldrive back in the day, has a new journalism training program for teen girls in the works. They recruit 10 high-school-aged teens from the Toronto area and teach them how to pitch, resarch and write articles. Why? I’ll let the Shameless gals explain:
While there is no shortage of young female writers in the industry, there are systemic barriers to them entering positions of power in editorial, which means that they often cannot decide what stories are covered. This problem, it seems, are not disappearing over time. Routes into journalism are difficult – most of us can’t get published or network until we’ve done at least one unpaid internship, and for many talented young women, that’s just an impossibility. Once it’s time to hire junior reporters and editors, the applicant pool has already narrowed far too much. If we want to change the face of journalism, we need to start with youth.
The program starts in January. Let your Canadian girlfriends or their teenaged sisters/daughters/friends know.
(h/t Jessica Valenti via Twitter)