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. 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 2018 TDJ News Corps are:

  • Karen Bliss, Canadian correspondent for Billboard and founder/editor-in-chief of Samaritanmag.com
  • Del Cowie, music journalist and editor who was written for CBC Music, National Post, Noisey, NOW and Exclaim!

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 15; results will be announced by May 22.
  • 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 22 to July 1, 2018.
  • TDJ News Corps members are offered an honorarium of $250 each.
  • 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 at torontojazz.com where members can post their approved interviews, concert reviews and behind-the-scenes perspectives on the festival. Each News Corps member is 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 News Corps member will be assigned one mentor. TDJ recommends that each mentor make available one hour per week for meetings, prior to the Festival, with TDJ News Corps members, reviewing material, etc.; each mentor however will establish his or her own schedule. The mentors for the 2018 TDJ News Corps are:

  • Karen Bliss, Canadian correspondent for Billboard and founder/editor-in-chief of Samaritanmag.com
  • Del Cowie, music journalist and editor who was written for CBC Music, National Post, Noisey, NOW and Exclaim!

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

Application Procedure
The application deadline is May 15 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 22.

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].