CJF Bursary for BIPOC Student Journalists

Carleton student wins inaugural CJF Bursary for BIPOC Journalism Students


TORONTOMAY 19, 2022 /CNW/ – The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is proud to announce Carleton University journalism student Tobin Ng as the inaugural recipient of its bursary for BIPOC journalism students.

“CJF is proud of this new bursary to support BIPOC journalism students as they complete their education,” says CJF board chair Kathy English. “Our hope is that this financial support helps an ambitious emerging journalist such as Tobin to launch their career and make a difference to the future of journalism.”

The $5,000 bursary, in its first year, aims to support racialized journalism students who have historically been underrepresented in the journalism industry. It is funded by Media Profile, an independent Canadian public relations firm.

“The evolution of media over the last ten years has been astonishing, and while resources have been a challenge for many media outlets, representation of a broad range of voices has never been more important,” says Media Profile president Alison King. “Media Profile is proud to support the incredible work of the CJF, and to do what we can to help young journalists with a vast array of life experiences to have a spot at the table.”

Ng, now graduated from Carleton University, has fact-checked and copy edited for The WalrusMaclean’sCANADALAND and This Magazine, among other publications.

“My faith in journalism wavered in the summer of 2020, amid a racial reckoning in newsrooms across the country,” Ng wrote in their application. “But over the past two years, I’ve rediscovered my passion for the field, reclaimed connections to my communities and grown ever more determined to dedicate my career to building a more inclusive media landscape. I’m thrilled to be joining the industry at a time of innovation and growth, and to contribute to broader conversations about how we can better serve communities that have long been neglected by the media.”


Bursary Details: 

The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) launched the CJF Bursary for BIPOC Journalism Students in Fall 2021. The $5,000 annual bursary is funded by Toronto-based communications firm Media Profile, a long-time CJF supporter.

The bursary is open to a BIPOC student in their final year of a Canadian undergraduate journalism program. It is designed to support students who have demonstrated strong engagement with the BIPOC community and a commitment to high journalistic standards.

Applicants will be asked to submit samples of classwork or freelance reporting in the form of written work, video, audio, video editing or other journalism forms. They will also be asked to share a statement of intent about their journalism goals upon graduation. A CJF selection panel will consider the applications.

Application Details: 

–  Applicants are asked to submit samples of classwork or freelance reporting in the form of written work, video, audio, video editing or other journalist forms; and

–  Share a statement of intent about what they want to do in journalism upon graduation.

For inquiries contact: 

Natalie Turvey

President and Executive Director

The Canadian Journalism Foundation


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