Atlantic Canada CAJ/CIDA Fellowship awarded

    OTTAWA, March 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
pleased to announce the final winner of the CAJ/CIDA Fellowship for the
Atlantic Canada region.
    Richard Cuthbertson, formerly of the Halifax Daily News, is the winner of
the CAJ/CIDA Fellowship for Atlantic Canada. His proposal includes visits to
development projects in Nigeria.
    In February, the CAJ announced the 2007-08 Fellowship winners, but
indicated that no one had been named from Atlantic Canada at that time.
Cuthbertson had just been notified of the closure of his newspaper, the
Halifax based Daily News, and needed time to find another outlet willing to
run his reportages on a freelance basis.
    He has since done so, and will be joining the other winners listed below:

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

    "We are particularly delighted to be able to award Richard this
fellowship considering he was one of the fine journalists laid off after the
Daily News was shut down," said CAJ president Mary Agnes Welch.
    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)

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