Four CAJ/CIDA Fellowships awarded



    OTTAWA, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
pleased to announce the winners of four CAJ/CIDA fellowships to developing
countries. This is the seventh year fellowships have been awarded.
    Applications were judged by a three-member panel appointed by the
Canadian Association of Journalists. The judges were: Dr. Roger Bird, formerly
of Carleton University; Kim Kierans, University of King's College, journalism
school; Murray Brewster, Canadian Press/Broadcast News, CAJ Board of
Directors.
    Applications were accepted from the following regions: British Columbia
and Yukon; Prairies and the North (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the
Northwest Territories and Nunavut); Ontario; Quebec and the National Capital
Region; Atlantic. A decision is pending for the Atlantic fellowship. Currently
the fellowship winners for 2007-2008 are:

    Peter Wall, CBC, Toronto, ON.
    James Bagnal, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, ON.
    Chris Epp, CTV, Calgary, AB.
    Jill Bennett, CKNW Radio, Vancouver, BC.

    Winners were selected based on the strength of their applications, which
included story proposals, previously published/broadcast works, an explanation
of their interests in developing countries and the professional development
opportunities they hope to gain.
    Fellows or their employers will retain the rights to any stories they
create and neither CIDA nor the CAJ will have editorial control on the
resulting works of the fellows.
    "Congratulations to the well-deserving winners, and indeed to all those
who submitted such diverse and interesting entries for these prestigious
fellowships," said CAJ president Mary Agnes Welch. "These fellowships to such
fascinating places as South Africa and Indonesia will benefit both the
journalists and all those who read or view their work."
    The fellows must complete their travels by May 15, 2008 and the length of
travel is not to exceed 15 days. The fellowship winners will make a
presentation on their trip at the CAJ's spring conference, being held in
Edmonton, May 23-25, 2008.
    Funding for this project comes from the Canadian Association of
Journalists and the Canadian International Development Agency.

    The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization
with over 1,400 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary roles are public
interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.





For further information:

For further information: John Dickins, Executive Director, CAJ, (613)
526-8061, Cell phone (613) 868-5442; Mary Agnes Welch, President, CAJ, (204)
943-6575

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