Back again for its second year, the Mentor Program will allow five young candidates to be ‘media for a day’ at the Whistler Children’s Festival with the guidance of a media mentor.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
WHISTLER, BC – The Whistler Arts Council is once again inviting kids between the ages of seven and 15 to get involved in the production of the Whistler Children’s Festival through the media mentor program. With support from Whistler FM, Shaw TV, and the Whistler Question, there are opportunities for children and youth to become a Junior Radio Co-host, Camera Operator, TV Reporter, Photographer, or News Reporter for the day. Deadlines for application close on Wednesday, June 15.
Anyone between the ages of seven and 15 can submit an application online explaining why they would make a great Junior Apprentice for their chosen field. Successful applicants will be introduced to their mentor, get familiar with the tools of the trade, and then display their talents at the Whistler Children’s Festival.
The Whistler FM Junior Radio Host will be invited into the Whistler FM studio for a tour and meet-up with their co-host and mentor leading up to the festival. On Friday, July 8 from 3pm-6pm, they will join Whistler FM’s Meaghan M for a live broadcast from Whistler Olympic Plaza.
The Shaw TV Junior Camera Operator and Junior TV Reporter will team up with Vanessa Ybarra and Ian Dunsmore from Shaw TV to produce a television segment about the Whistler Children’s Festival.
Ybarra offers some sage advice for kids looking to get into broadcast journalism: “Find a TV or radio station that suits your personality, work hard…and the rest will fall into place. The best part about working in television is getting to meet new people and be creative every day!”
The Whistler Question is returning to the mentor program once again this year. One young apprentice will get to see what it’s like to be a News Reporter for the day. Alyssa Noel, Editor at the Whistler Question will be accompanied by her Junior News Reporter during the festival as they conduct interviews, take photos, and write an article to be published in the paper.
As members of our media team, all selected candidates will be given official media accreditation for the festival. With this, they will be granted full access to backstage and artist areas, and will have the opportunity to meet and mingle alongside their mentors with performers, crew, and other on-site media.
Those interested in participating in the mentor program can apply online at www.whistlerchildrensfestival.com.
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The Whistler Arts Council (WAC) is passionate about Whistler, about arts, and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. The magic happens at the Maury Young Arts Centre, right in the heart of Whistler Village, from where WAC run a variety of creative classes, showcase a lineup of exciting live shows for the Performance Series, and host year-round free admission exhibits in The Gallery. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Bizarre Bazaar, ArtWalk and Art Workshops on the Lake. Whistler Arts Council creates bold, inspiring, and engaging experiences and champions Whistler’s vibrant arts scene.
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