JACK WEBSTER FOUNDATION - Journalism Fellowships Announced

TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - Jack Webster Foundation Co-Chairs Don Babick and Scott Macrae today announced more than $18,000 in funding for 2011 recipients of the JWF Professional Development Fellowships.

Six recipients will attend the Poynter Institute in Florida in the following courses: Essential Skills for the Digital Journalist, TV Power Reporting, Poynter Leadership Academy, Building a Successful Social Media Strategy, and Great Stories Every Day. One recipient is funded for an online course at Thompson Rivers University Opening Learning.

"We're very proud that the Jack Webster Foundation is able to provide professional development opportunities for BC journalists," Macrae said.  "To date a total of $164,000 has been distributed." The 2011 Jack Webster Foundation Fellows are:

  • Jessica Barrett, reporter, WE Vancouver
  • Sharron Bates, news editor, Global BC
  • Robert Doane, announcer/operator, CBC Prince George
  • Sandra Hermiston, segment producer, CTV
  • Gordon Hoekstra, reporter, Prince George Citizen
  • Katie Mercer, social media editor, The Province
  • Dene Moore, news editor, The Canadian Press

Moore receives the JWF Fellowship in the name of the late BC reporter Don Matheson, whose estate endowed an award for a BC-born journalist.

Deadline for entries to the 2012 fellowships is February 6, 2012.

The Jack Webster Foundation was established in 1986 to recognize and support excellence in BC-based journalism.

The work of the Foundation is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Bell Canada, BCLC, CGA Association, CN, HSBC Bank Canada, Labatt Breweries, Fortis BC, Port Metro Vancouver, Teck and WorkSafe BC.

Dates to note:
2011 JACK WEBSTER AWARDS - DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: June 30, 2011
2011 JACK WEBSTER AWARDS DINNER - October 24, 2011
Visit the Jack Webster Foundation's website at www.jackwebster.com

SOURCE Jack Webster Foundation

For further information:

please contact Nora Newlands, Executive Director, Jack Webster Foundation at 604-261-6184 or by email at info@jackwebster.com.

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