Announcement of CJF Black Journalism Fellows


TORONTO, April 28, 2022 /CNW/ – The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is proud to announce Wendy-Ann Clarke, Kiernan Green, Dorcas Marfo and Ashleigh Rae Thomas as recipients of Black Journalism Fellowship Program in partnership with CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV News and the Investigative Journalism Bureau (IJB).

The CJF is proud to announce that Wendy-Ann Clarke, Kiernan Green, Dorcas Marfo and Ashleigh-Rae Thomas are the recipients of this year’s CJF Black Journalism Fellowship Program. The four scholarship recipients will be recognized at this year’s CJF Awards Ceremony on June 7 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)

The fellowship program aims to amplify black voices, improve coverage of black issues in the news, and train future black media leaders. Each fellowship provides a unique opportunity for an early-career black journalist – with one to five years’ experience – to be housed for six months in a CBC/Radio-Canada (English and French) or CTV News newsroom. or at the IJB at from the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

The scholarship recipients are:

  • Wendy Ann Clarke, inaugural CJF-IJB Fellowship in Black Investigative Journalism;

  • Kiernan Green, CJF-CBC/Radio-Canada Fellowship in Black Journalism;

  • Dorcas Marfo, CJF-CTV News Black Journalism Fellowship; and

  • Ashleigh Rae Thomas, CJF-CBC/Radio-Canada Scholarship for Black Women in Journalism.

“Each of our scholarship recipients this year has demonstrated an incredible passion for journalism,” says jury chair Dexter Brown, executive member of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists and writer at CTV News Channel. “Their energy, enthusiasm and extraordinary willingness to enlighten and inform Canadians has impressed us. I can’t wait to see what they will do with this tremendous opportunity.”

The four Fellows will receive mentorship and training in a variety of skills, including video and audio editing, writing, research and investigative reporting. CBC scholarships are offered in English or French.

Each Fellow will receive a full-time competitive stipend and will write, produce, or contribute to an article/series during their Fellowship opportunity, which will be considered for publication/broadcast by media partner organizations.

Recipients will be recognized at the CJF Awards Ceremony on June 7 at the art gallery of Ontario. For more information see contact details below or visit FCJ Award page.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors:

  • lululemon for the CJF-CBC/Radio-Canada Fellowship in Black Journalism;

  • Aritzia for the CJF-CBC/Radio-Canada Fellowship for Black Women in Journalism;

  • BMO Financial Group for the CJF-CTV News Black Journalism Fellowship; and

  • Unifor and the Jay and Barbara Hennick Family Foundation for the CJF-IJB Black Investigative Journalism Fellowship.

the CJF Black Journalism Fellowship the members of the jury are:

  • Dexter Brown (Chair), Executive Member of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists and Writer, CTV News;

  • Ron Charlesretired national reporter, CBC News;

  • Rob Cribb, investigative journalist, Toronto Star; Founder and Director of the Office of Investigative Journalism of the from the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School public health;

  • Ramneek Gill, General Manager, CP24 and CTV News Toronto; and

  • Andree Laudigital news editor, CBC News.

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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 fellowship program that includes an industry gala where Canadian news leaders, journalists and businesses come together to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a series of public lectures, CJF facilitates dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital age. The foundation also promotes educational, training and research opportunities in journalism.

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