Press Release

TFO / ONFR+ is committed to revealing the next generation of Franco-Ontarian journalists through “C’est quoi ton scoop?!”

Published on 11 March 2022 by TFO Communications

Toronto, March 11, 2022 - On February 23, TFO launched its first journalism contest, “C’est quoi ton scoop?!” Supported by ONFR+, the contest gives a voice to Franco-Ontarian youth and encourages them to pursue their studies or professional careers in French. The initiative aims to promote the development of Franco-Ontarian cultural identity and encourage new vocations among the next generation.

TFO’s First Journalistic Contest
“C’est quoi ton scoop?!” invites young Francophones in Ontario aged 18 to 22, to cover the topic of their choice in one of the following categories: society, culture, or political news. Participants can compete alone or in teams, and in a dual format: a written item of up to 1,000 words (article or media post), accompanied by a digital production (a 3-5 minute video or a 30-minute (max) podcast).

The prize: a kit of technical equipment to conduct interviews and make videos, as well as a week of observation and training with the ONFR+ team, to take place during the summer of 2022.

“With “C’est quoi ton scoop?!”, we want to reach out to Francophone high school and university students in Ontario and show them the value of ONFR+. More importantly, though, we want to support and assist them as they learn about digital journalism. And ―why not― awaken new passions at the end of this first edition of the contest!” – Sébastien Pierroz, Francophone Community Content Producer, ONFR+

Encouraging and Supporting the Journalism Skills of Young Franco-Ontarians
The digital revolution is forcing the media to transform themselves and to look for talent to meet new requirements. TFO is adapting and committing itself by multiplying the resources that facilitate the acquisition of communication and digital skills ― all of which are essential for young people today, to equip them for the jobs of tomorrow.

The contest supports the development of investigative, communication and writing skills, and helps cultivate critical thinking skills in youth. “C’est quoi ton scoop?!”also gives them the tools to embrace digital culture.

The activity is fun and hands-on, to give them a taste for journalism and inspire them in building their identity, especially as youth living in a minority environment.

A Proudly Franco-Ontarian Panel of Judges
Finalists will be selected by a three-member jury panel ― Franco-Ontarian personalities that are inspiring and aware of current and cultural matters Franco-Ontarians deal with regularly.

Marème Diongue Racine

Marème was awarded TFO’s Young Inspiring Citizen Award at the 2021 Saphir Gala. At the age of 15, Marème is a writer and a young activist for human and environmental rights. With a huge involvement in the community, she is the representative of the Greater Toronto area on the FESFO (Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne) representative council.

Koubra Haggar
Volunteer member of the UoF Governance Council. As a young woman involved in the community, she is very involved in youth organizations such as the Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO), and various boards of directors in addition to volunteering for the city of Hamilton.

Pascal Vachon
Pascal joined the ONFR+ team in 2020 as a journalist based in Sudbury for Northern Ontario. Since then, he has been promoted to Parliamentary Correspondent. He graduated in journalism from La Cité and then from the University of Ottawa.

Registrations are open until April 22, at 11:59 p.m.! To access the contest form, click here.


About Groupe Média TFO
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Groupe Média TFO is a Franco-Ontarian public media company offering an interconnected discovery experience across its educational, cultural and current content in French. Audiences lie at the heart of Groupe Média TFO’s omnichannel mission and vision, where they see themselves growing alongside its innovative and award-winning creations. By its educational mandate, on television, on digital platforms and through its initiatives and applications, Groupe Média TFO puts knowledge within arm’s reach. At the forefront of digital learning, the company reflects the vitality and diversity of the community it serves and prepares the next generation for the world of tomorrow.

About ONFR+
ONFR+ targets Francophones in Ontario through three sections: News, Culture, Society. Our experienced journalists cover Francophone news at Queen's Park, on Parliament Hilland throughout French Ontario. Our directors go beyond the headlines to delve into the social issues that affect Francophones and tell their stories. In the cultural sphere, we meet artists and discover their world.

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