TDJ News Corps

The TDJ News Corps is a Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ) initiative geared towards post-secondary students who are interested in writing about jazz. Each year, successful applicants to the TDJ News Corps program are given full media accreditation for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, granting them unprecedented access – attending and reviewing concerts for free, interviewing artists and experiencing the festival from behind the scenes. In addition, TDJ News Corps members are assigned a mentor – an experienced music journalist.

The mentors for the 2017 TDJ News Corps are:

  • John Terauds, Founder of musicaltoronto.org and former Toronto Star writer
  • Mark Wigmore, Senior Arts Editor at JAZZ.FM91

Complete TDJ News Corps guidelines are listed below. If you'd like to apply, download the application form or fill out the online application.

TDJ News Corps Guidelines

Eligibility
The TDJ News Corps program is open to any part-time or full-time post-secondary student enrolled at a Greater Toronto Area university or college. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and, ideally, experience with writing about jazz.

Program Outline

  • The application deadline is May 5; results will be announced by May 19.
  • A maximum of 2 TDJ News Corps members will be selected.
  • All applicants must be available for the full duration of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, June 23 to July 2, 2017.
  • The TDJ News Corps is a volunteer program – Toronto Downtown Jazz offers no remuneration or reimbursement of any kind to News Corps members.
  • Successful applicants are encouraged to review concerts and interview local artists in advance of the festival.
  • Successful applicants will be granted full media accreditation for the festival.
  • Each TDJ News Corps member is assigned to a mentor, who will help with tips on writing about the arts, interview skills, and career advice.
  • TDJ News Corps members are expected to post reviews/interviews to the TDJ News Corps page at torontojazz.com within 48 hours of the show/interview.
  • TDJ News Corps members are treated like any other member of the media, and are expected to follow the accepted protocol when it comes to getting access to concerts, artists, etc. A full orientation will be offered in advance of the festival.
  • TDJ News Corps members are expected to meet the highest professional standard in their articles, reviews and interviews. TDJ reserves the right to edit all material before it is posted at torontojazz.com.

The TDJ News Corps on torontojazz.com
The TDJ News Corps has a dedicated page on our website onto which members can post their approved interviews, concert reviews and behind-the-scenes perspectives on the festival. Each News Corps member will be given a unique login which will allow them to post material to the page; once approved by a moderator, the material will be published online.

Mentors
Each TDJ News Corps member will be assigned one mentor. TDJ recommends that each mentor make available one hour per week for meetings with TDJ News Corps members, reviewing material, etc.; each mentor however will establish his or her own schedule. The mentors for the 2017 TDJ News Corps are:

  • John Terauds, Founder of musicaltoronto.org and former Toronto Star writer
  • Mark Wigmore, Senior Arts Editor at JAZZ.FM91

TDJ News Corps members will also work closely with TDJ Publicist Anna Tom.

Application Procedure
The application deadline is May 5 at 5:00 pm – all applications must be received by the deadline. Applications can be submitted in one of the following ways:

  • Download the application form and submit it by mail, attaching additional pages as required, to:
    82 Bleecker Street, Toronto, ON, M4X 1L8, attention "TDJ News Corps"
  • Complete the online application

Selection Process
TDJ News Corps members will be selected based on the strength of their applications and, if necessary, an in-person meeting. Results will be announced no later than May 19.

Download the application now, or complete it online.

Should you require any additional information on the TDJ News Corps program, or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact Artistic Director Josh Grossman at (416) 928-2033, ext. 27, or email [email protected].