CBC/Radio-Canada to Launch New Fellowships for Black Journalists

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CBC/Radio-Canada and the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) have today announced two new fellowships for Black journalists, with one specifically for women.

The fellowships will provide unique opportunities for early-career Black journalists (with one to 10 years’ experience) to be hosted by a CBC News or Radio-Canada Info newsroom.

Over a six-month period, fellows will receive mentoring and training in video and audio editing, writing, research, and investigative reporting. Each fellow will receive a full-time stipend and write or produce an article/piece that will be considered for publication or broadcast.

Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada said; “We’re honoured to be spearheading this initiative with the Canadian Journalism Foundation. Offering these fellowships for English- and French-speaking Black journalists across the country is another way we ensure that Black Canadians see and hear themselves — their experiences and their perspectives — reflected in our content and in our workforce. This is how we serve Canadians.”

Natalie Turvey, President and Executive Director, Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) added; “Who tells the story matters. This fellowship program will expand the range of voices and experiences that Canadians watch, hear and read from Canada’s diverse communities. This opportunity highlights the CJF’s support for the development of a generation of Black media leaders and content creators across the industry. These opportunities would not be possible without the generous support of our founding sponsors.”

The new fellowships are modelled on the successful CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships program, which has helped foster the careers of 11 journalists since 2014.

CBC/Radio-Canada joins the CJF in thanking founding sponsors Lululemon (CJF-CBC/Radio-Canada Black Journalism Fellowship) and Aritzia (CJF-CBC/Radio-Canada Black Women’s Journalism Fellowship) for their generous support.

Applications for both new fellowships will open on January 18, 2021.

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