Scotiabank and CJFE invite entries for Journalism Fellowship at Massey College in Toronto

TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Scotiabank, together with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and Massey College at the University of Toronto, look forward to welcoming another Latin American journalist to take part in the eight-month Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College at the University of Toronto in 2013-2014.

In its fourth year, this program creates an opportunity for a mid-career journalist from South America, Central America, the Caribbean or Mexico to participate in a two-semester fellowship hosted by Massey College at the University of Toronto. Previous fellows have been from El Salvador, Mexico and Venezuela. 

"As Canada's most international bank, we work with reporters in many countries who regularly demonstrate their professionalism and we commend the contribution that they make to society, sometimes at great personal risk," said Sue Graham Parker, Executive Vice President, Scotiabank Global Human Resources. "Past participants in this fellowship have been very clear about the high personal and professional value of this kind of opportunity and we're very proud to work with CJFE and Massey College to make it happen as part of our Bright Future philanthropic program."

"This fellowship 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. "With our fine collaboration with Scotiabank and CJFE, this can only succeed." 

"We value this fellowship as both a successful partnership and a unique intersection of CJFE's Canadian and international programming," said Annie Game, Executive Director of CJFE. "While this program increases our understanding of the working conditions faced by journalists throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, it provides a unique opportunity, as past fellows will attest, to participate in a meaningful exchange with other journalists from around the world that increases their skills and broadens their perspective. We look forward to welcoming the 2013/2014 Fellow to Toronto in September." 

Run in tandem with the Canadian Journalism Fellowships, the Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellow has an opportunity to broaden his or her horizons by spending eight months in residence at Massey College and auditing courses at the University of Toronto. The Fellowship also provides an opportunity to forge new connections with the Canadian media, while expanding on work related to a significant issue, always with a view to applying this experience upon return to their home country. The deadline for applications for the 2013-2014 Fellowship is Friday, March 1, 2013. 

For more information on the program and past winners, visit:
http://www.cjfe.org/programs/journalism-fellowship

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is a Canadian organization founded in 1981 that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world. Rooted in the field of journalism, we promote a free media as essential to a fair and open society. CJFE boldly champions the free expression rights of all people, and encourages and supports individuals and groups in the protection of their own and others' free expression rights.
www.cjfe.org  

Massey College is the only independent residential college solely for graduate students in the University of Toronto. Its architect-designed facilities provide a community for distinguished senior scholars, for elected graduates who are called Junior Fellows and some eminent members of the non-academic world. Since its inception in 1963, the College has also hosted the Journalism Fellowship Program (initially named the Southam Journalism Fellowships) whereby several mid-career journalists are annually offered Fellowships allowing them to take a leave of absence from their work to audit courses of any subject at University of Toronto and to generally broaden their horizons.
www.masseycollege.ca/  

Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and Canada's most international bank. With more than 81,000 employees, Scotiabank and its affiliates serve some 19 million customers in more than 55 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad range of products and services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking. In December 2012, Scotiabank became the first Canadian bank to be named Global Bank of the Year and Bank of the Year in the Americas by The Banker magazine, a Financial Times publication. With assets of $668 billion (as at October 31, 2012), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York Exchanges (BNS). Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, 'Bright Future'.  For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.

SOURCE: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

For further information:

For more information contact: Amy Johnson, CJFE Program Coordinator 416 515-9622 x.231 ajohnson@cjfe.org or Paula Cufre, International Media Communications, Scotiabank, 416-866-4833, paula_cufre@scotiacapital.com