This year five individuals have been awarded a prestigious Canadian Journalism Fellowship held at Massey College in the University of Toronto. These fellowships, which last a full academic year starting next September, were designed to recognize excellence and achievement by mid-career journalists in Canada and the Commonwealth, and there were over fifty applications of a very high quality this year. A committee of leading academics and journalism professionals chooses the Fellows. Each deserving, fortunate recipient gets eight months to follow specialized studies at the graduate level in order to provide a unique period of significant reflection and rededication to the profession.
The 2005 recipients are:
Maureen Brosnahan of CBC/Radio-Canada is the CBC/Radio-Canada Fellow.
Freelance journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, is the Knowlton Nash Fellow, named after the founding chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
April Lindgren of CanWest News Service is the St. Clair Balfour Fellow, named after the late St. Clair Balfour who, along with the late Gordon Fisher, of Southam Newspapers created these wonderful fellowships in 1962.
The recipient of the Webster / McConnell Fellow, is Kirk Makin of The Globe and Mail.
And finally Bashir Tariq of The News, in Lahore, Pakistan is the Gordon N. Fisher Fellow.