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to the Ski-Club of International Journalists

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Recruitment Campaign
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For more than 40 years, an international organization has brought together thousands of professional journalists from over thirty countries. With skiing as a common interest, networks have been forming from east to west, and north to south.

Based in Lausanne and created in the midst of the Cold War, the organization's objective, as stated in article 1 of the statutes, is to "create and develop human and friendly links among national and regional press colleagues, without political, language or national boundaries".

From the contacts established at the clubs' national meetings (where participants throughout the world are often invited) or the annual international meeting, Bulgarians, Polish or Romanian journalists have found help and assistance through their colleagues from the West, like finding american financing to buy the new press for Romana Libera.

SCIJ meetings give journalists a chance to exchange ideas and perceptions, at lunch or on a ski slope with either a Russian television director or Parisian Quotidien du peuple Peking correspondent or the chief of the Associated Press bureau in Rome, or the person responsible for 24 heures de Lausanne's cultural pages or the Figaro's movie critic, or a Jerusalem Post journalist, or Swedish television energy specialist, or the person in charge of news briefs at a weekly in Haute-Silésie. Contacts can become invaluable when reporting in foreign countries, where SCIJ members are often ready to give a helping hand, known as "friendly links", established in the statutes.

The Canadian section of the SCIJ hosted the 1995 SCIJ's annual meeting in Quebec, bringing together 250 international journalists. The meeting, which took place on the slopes of the Quebec city region, was last held in Canada in 1963 in Banff, Alberta.

This invitation to foreign colleagues, the majority being general information journalists, gives a unique opportunity to present to international press members, on a "one on one" basis, the reality
of your country. International meetings, which normally last a week, give the opportunity to interact and participate in three friendly ski competitions (some take them seriously, others don't), but are also punctuated with panels on various general interest subjects, or press conferences with local personalities (Antonio Samaranch, president of the IOC, at the Switzerland meeting in ‘91, Gary Hart in Colorado in ‘92, the Toyota president, in Japan in ‘90). A second week is available for those who wish to stay on and try other resorts or report on tourism, economics, political or other issues.

For many years, the Canadian section of the SCIJ, like others in the world, was based on a simple network of acquaintances randomly developped through meetings. Since 1992, the executive committee was given the mandate to make the club accessible to all interested journalists, making it a more vital and dynamic organization.

Our objective is to recruit a maximum number of new members in all regions of the country and to organize several meetings bringing together new and long standing members during weekend get togethers. We would like future meetings to become an opportunity for journalists from different countries can meet and exchange ideas outside the workplace. These meetings would involve foreign and local guests. Panels and debates would be organized, and a speaker would be invited.

Conditions to become a member are simple: you must be a professional full-time journalist, salaried or freelance, or an electronic or media manager. Employees of public relations and association newsletters are not admissible. The executive committee will rule if a questionable case shall arise. An annual fee must be paid. And, of course, members must love skiing, discussing, the world, having a good time and snow!

Everyone is welcome, but we would particularly like to extend our invitation to journalists from everywhere in Canada who have a specific ski experience (former ski instructors for example), organizational skills, good knowledge of the ski milieu, etc.