MEDIA ADVISORY - JACK WEBSTER FOUNDATION - Professional development fellowships - Call for applications

Deadline: Postmarked February 25, 2011

VANCOUVER, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - The Jack Webster Foundation has issued today its Call for applications for BC journalists seeking professional development opportunities.

1. JWF Fellowships to the Poynter Institute for BC Print, Broadcast and Online News Journalists
Up to two BC journalists will receive fellowships to the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.  With its goal of helping journalists to achieve excellence, Poynter has offered a wide-range of journalism programs since 1975. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Poynter Institute's website at to select a seminar of interest. 

2. JWF Self Defined Fellowship
JWF Self-Defined Fellowships are available for those BC journalist who would like to apply for a  self-defined opportunity for skills enhancement or research.

Recipients will have until February 28, 2012 to attend the Poynter seminar in which they have been accepted or complete their self-defined fellowship.

Deadline for submissions is  postmarked February 25, 2011. For complete details and an application form, please visit or call or email the Foundation office.

2010 recipient, Bal Brach writes about her experience at the Poynter:

The Backpack Journalist Seminar at the Poynter institute was a transformative career experience for me. I felt recharged and inspired after spending a week learning about video journalism from some of the best reporters and instructors in the business. Not only did I appreciate the classroom teaching, but I still cherish the great conversation and debate in our nightly outings. We shared tips on everything from editing to storytelling, as well as discussing the current state of journalism and the future of the news business.

The Jack Webster Foundation was established in 1986 to recognize and encourage excellence in journalism in British Columbia. The work of the Foundation is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Bell Canada, BCLC, CGA, CN, HSBC Bank Canada, Labatt Breweries, Terasen Gas, Port Metro Vancouver, Teck and WorkSafe BC.

SOURCE Jack Webster Foundation

For further information:

Nora Newlands, Executive Director
Jack Webster Foundation
Tel. 604-261-6184    Fax 604-261-1964      Email:
Web site:


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