B.C. journalists awarded reporting fellowships

The B.C.-based Jack Webster Foundation has announced the five reporters chosen for its early 2009 Seeing the World Through New Eyes fellowship. This year’s fellowship, done in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is focused on Latin America, and gives five B.C. young B.C. journalists the opportunity to report from developing countries.

This year’s recipients are freelance journalist Susan Hollis, CHBC Television News reporter April Lawrence, Georgia Straight reporter Travis Lupick, Northern View reporter Brooke Ward and Vancouver Sun reporter Catherine Rolfson (Rolfson is also a former assistant editor of J-Source’s ethics section).

“These fellowships benefit BC journalists who want an opportunity to
see beyond their borders and view the developing world from a
perspective of the people who live there,” said Deb Sweeney, Co-Chair
of the Jack Webster Foundation.

The competition was open to journalists under 30 who are either full time employees of media organization
or freelancers with a portfolio of work.  2008 fellowships sent five journalists to Rwanda and Mozambique and the 2009/10 to recipients will be sent to Africa.