CJF Bursary for BIPOC Student Journalists

2024 CJF Bursary for BIPOC Student Journalists: Jacob Aron Leung

CJF Bursary for BIPOC Student Journalists Awarded

TORONTO, May 14, 2024 – The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is proud to announce that Jacob Aron Leung of Vancouver’s Langara College Journalism Department will receive the 2024 CJF Bursary for BIPOC Journalism Student Journalists.

The $5,000 bursary aims to support racialized journalism students, a group that has historically been underrepresented in the industry. It is funded by Media Profile, an independent Canadian public relations firm.

Leung intends to pursue a career in community-based journalism, focusing on issues specific to certain groups, especially marginalized communities. “I’ve learned through my reporting,” he says, “that there are many perspectives that media doesn’t often hear from. I want to communicate these stories to all audiences.

“Unfortunately, there are always more stories out there than can be covered. What I want to do is to uncover stories that would otherwise be ignored.”

With his bursary, Leung plans to purchase technical equipment suited for his disability: “As a physically disabled journalist, I initially struggled with shooting video, but I eventually adapted and now love it. I want to expand the media I can use to tell stories. Having storytelling options allows me to show more depth and to engage differently with audiences.”

“The CJF Bursary for BIPOC Student Journalists is a wonderful opportunity for the Foundation to support students like Jacob who demonstrate a commitment to finding and telling stories from communities whose stories have not been shared,” says  CJF Board Chair and jury member Kathy English. “We are excited to see where Jacob’s passion for community-based journalism takes him.”

Leung will be recognized at the CJF Awards on June 12, at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

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About Media Profile

Media Profile is a full-service public relations and creative agency based in Toronto. As Canada’s largest employee-owned agency, Media Profile sparks conversations with relevance and curiosity. Media Profile is proudly independent and represents a range of clients from top international brands to Indigenous governments and not-for-profit organizations.

CJF Bursary for BIPOC Student Journalists
Bursary Details 

The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) launched the CJF Bursary for BIPOC Student Journalists 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.

Applications are closed.

For inquiries contact: 

Natalie Turvey

President and Executive Director

The Canadian Journalism Foundation



Previous Recipients

2023—Crystal Greene

2022—Tobin Ng

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