Migrant media internship programme

Integration minister Mary White today announced details of a new migrant media internship programme for local or regional newspapers which is to be funded by the Office of the Minister for Integration.

The new programme will see the office of the minister for integration fund two six-month journalism internships for non-Irish national nationals who have preferably lived in Ireland for five or less years.

The minister has written to the editors of all local and regional newspapers seeking submissions, and a deadline has been set for 12 January 2011 for joint submissions from prospective candidates and newspapers.

“A vital aspect of a well-integrated society is fair and responsible media coverage of issues relating to migration and new communities. I am confident this new scheme will help in this regard,” the minister said.

Applications for participation in the scheme are to be submitted to the Office of the Minister for Integration by 12 January, and it is hoped the internships will commence in January 2011.