Room up Front, a mentorship program for emerging photojournalists who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour, is accepting applications for its 2022/2023 cohort.
The ten-month program will offer a combination of workshops and support to help early career photojournalists advance their storytelling skills.
The grassroots mentorship program aims to expand the professional network of the mentees, to get them on the call lists of Canadian news outlets and magazines and to develop their skills and confidence to pitch and sell their own stories.
Room Up Front was created in 2020 by a group of Canadian photojournalists, including Jimmy Jeong, Hannah Yoon, Michelle Sui, Pat Kane, Amber Bracken, Justin Tang, Christopher Katsarov Luna and Solana Cain, who saw a greater need for greater support and access to networks for visual storytelling and news gathering.
Mentees will have the opportunity to work on a long-term project including photo essays, a portrait series, or other visual project with feedback from their mentors.
Past mentees have had work published in partner publications the Narwhal and the Globe and Mail.
For more information about how to apply by the April 15 deadline, visit Room Up Front’s website.