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Offline Mike Aporius

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The Jon Thordarson Free Press Photojournalism internship
Application deadline: March 31, 2017

Winnipeg Free Press long-time photo editor Jon Thordarson spent 40 years in the newspaper business. He was known for nurturing local talent and coached some of the country’s best photographers.

Jon started as a copy boy in the 1970s and made his name as a photographer, taking many of the iconic photos of the Winnipeg Jets before becoming the Free Press photo editor in 1989. During those 40 years, he navigated tremendous technical changes, from the days of rolling film and developing it on metal reels in the darkroom to the modern digital era. He died March 13, 2010, after waging a long battle with cancer.

The Jon Thordarson Free Press Photojournalism internship offers three months of paid summer employment to a student engaged in a journalism program, and interested in a photojournalism career.

To qualify, applicants must:

    be enrolled in a recognized journalism degree / diploma program or have graduated during the year of application;
    provide samples of work (stills and video);
    provide work / personal references from an instructor/professor;
    provide education and any journalism-related work record;
    provide a 300-word explanation outlining interest and desire to be a photojournalist;
    possess a working kit of camera gear;
    possess a valid driver’s licence.

Applications should be submitted by email to, or by mail to Mike Aporius, Director of Photography/Multimedia, Winnipeg Free Press, 1355 Mountain Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2X 3B6.