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Beardy’s man named finalist for national journalism award – paNOW

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 2020208 Views

Jamin Mike is the first to admit journalism was not his first choice for a career, but in recent months his attitude changed when he discovered his new passion.

The 22-year-old, who grew up at Beardy’s Okemasis Cree Nation, was recently named a finalist for the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award. Mike, who spent three months last fall interning for the Tyee online newspaper in British Columbia, told paNOW he was shocked when he heard about the award.

“I found a love for journalism, and I love meeting new people,” he said.

During his short time at the Tyee, Mike was tossed into the pool and covered some tough subjects including the federal election and the water crisis on First Nation communities. The story he wrote about the special advisors hired to work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was what earned him the award nomination.

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