Scotiabank invites entries for journalism fellowship


Scotiabank, together with Canadian
Journalists for Free Expression and Massey College, is seeking Latin American
or Caribbean journalists to take part in the one-year Scotiabank/CJFE
Journalism Fellowship at Massey College.

This opportunity is a two-semester
fellowship hosted by Massey College of the University of Toronto. The contest
is open to mid-career journalists from the Caribbean, South America, Central
America and Mexico.

“As a multinational organisation,
we interact with media around the globe every day and recognise the courage and
commitment of international journalists who often face significant risks to
bring their stories to the public,” said Wendy Hannam, executive vice president
of International Banking at Scotiabank. “We are honoured to continue supporting
the CJFE in their work and proud to bring another Latin American journalist to
study in Canada through the Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship.”

“We see this fellowship as one that
is essential to helping increase, as Canadians, our knowledge of a huge region
that has largely been ignored by North America for too long,” said John Fraser,
Master of Massey College.

“In 2009, this Fellowship
introduced us to an exceptional journalist, Eric Lemus from El Salvador,” said
Annie Game, president of CJFE. “He was a dynamic representative of journalists
in the region who are working in incredibly challenging environments just
trying to report the news. We expect that similarly the 2011/12 the new Fellow
will further increase our understanding of the situation facing journalists in
Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism
Fellowship at Massey College will provide a qualified journalist with a
sabbatical in which he or she will spend eight months at the college in

The successful candidate will audit
courses of their choice at the University of Toronto and make connections with
the Canadian media, while expanding their work related to a significant issue,
with a view to applying this experience to ongoing work upon return to their
home country.