TORONTO, May 17, 2019 /CNW/ - Marsha McLeod, a Canadian investigative journalist who was most recently a criminal justice reporter with Investigative Post, a non-profit newsroom in Buffalo, is the recipient of this year's Canadian Journalism Foundation-Globe and Mail Investigative Journalism Fellowship.
Previously a six-month internship, the newly expanded and renamed award offers early-career journalists a year-long opportunity to sharpen their reporting and research skills while working on ongoing investigative journalism projects under the guidance of Globe and Mail editors and senior reporters.
The award, now in its third year, is open to Canadian journalists with one-to-five years of experience. The fellow will work with a team at the Globe in Toronto to produce investigative and enterprise journalism.
"We're thrilled to offer this year-long opportunity to cultivate the next generation of investigative journalists in Canada," says Canadian Journalism Foundation president and executive director Natalie Turvey. "A more robust fellowship will better serve young talent by providing meaningful opportunities for training, mentorship, feedback and growth working with the Globe's senior teams. Fellows will have the chance to stretch their investigative skills, dig deep into stories and establish valuable and lasting relationships in the newsroom."
Last year's fellow, Vjosa Isai, worked on several Globe articles. She continues to report for The Globe and has two forthcoming investigations.
"The expanded term will allow us to offer fellows more diverse experience in the newsroom and to pursue even more ambitious journalism," says Dennis Choquette, The Globe's investigations editor.
Fellow duties include reporting and writing, research, filing Freedom of Information requests, taking photographs, shooting and editing video, and designing on multiple platforms. The candidate will receive a weekly stipend for the 12-month fellowship.
To be eligible, candidates should have had at least one professional news media job or internship at a daily news organization.
About the Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious annual awards and fellowships program featuring an industry gala where news leaders, journalists and corporate Canada gather to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a public speakers' series, the CJF facilitates dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation