Canadian Journalism Foundation expands Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship offering

Encouraging Aboriginal voices and issues in the media

TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2015 /CNW/ - Now in its second year, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) has expanded its Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship program to allow two early-career Aboriginal journalists to explore issues of interest to First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples while being hosted by CBC News for one month at its Aboriginal Centre in Winnipeg.

"This CJF fellowship gave me the luxury of time that is so often craved in the newsroom—time to explore an idea in depth, to tug at story threads, to pack my bags and head into the field," says Chantelle Bellrichard, who was awarded the first fellowship last year and wrote about her experience. "The folks at CBC Aboriginal are fantastic to work with, knowledgeable and incredibly supportive. If you're full of ideas and want to share them with the world, apply for this fellowship and make it happen."

The deadline is February 27, 2015.

A stipend of $3,000, all associated travel and accommodation costs, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses, will be covered by the CJF. Thank you to CBC News, RBC Foundation, CN, Rosemary Speirs, a member of the CJF Board, Trina McQueen, a former CJF Board member, and other individual donors for their generous support of this award. Read the award details and apply using the online application form.

The recipients will be recognized at the annual CJF Awards at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 3, 2015. This year's gala will celebrate the CJF's 25th anniversary. Early-bird rates for tickets and tables are available until February 27.

Read about all the awards offered by the CJF.

About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers' series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites (English) and (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

Image with caption: "Chantelle Bellrichard was the recipient of the inaugural CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship presented last year. Two fellowships are being offered this year. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at:

For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, Phone: 416-955-0394 ext. 501, E-mail:


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