Five BC Journalists receive Webster fellowships to cover Latin America development issues

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - The Jack Webster Foundation today announced
five recipients of the fourth Seeing the World through New Eyes fellowship
established in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency
    These five BC journalists will visit Latin American in early 2009 to
experience firsthand reporting from developing countries:

    Susan Hollis, freelance, Vancouver
    April Lawrence, CHBC Television News, Penticton
    Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight, Vancouver
    Catherine Rolfsen, The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver
    Brooke Ward, The Northern View, Prince Rupert

    "These fellowships benefit BC journalists who want an opportunity to see
beyond their borders and view the developing world from a perspective of the
people who live there," said Deb Sweeney, Co-Chair of the Jack Webster
    "By arranging these fellowships with the support of CIDA, it is the
Foundation's goal to offer British Columbia journalists an experience that
will widen their horizons in a globally significant way."
    A training seminar in November will precede February travel to Honduras
and most likely Peru with project team leader Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun
columnist and veteran reporter on global development issues. Neither the Jack
Webster Foundation nor CIDA will have editorial control on the resulting work
of the fellowship recipients.
    Seeing the World through New Eyes was a juried competition for BC-based
journalists aged 30 or younger, or in their first five years of journalism.
The competition was open to full time employees of media organization or
freelancers with a record of printed or aired work. The jury panel (Don Cayo,
Joan Marshall, John Richards, and Scott Macrae) evaluated 26 entries from a
diverse section of BC print and broadcast journalists. Earlier in 2008, five
journalists traveled to Rwanda and Mozambique in the third CIDA-funded Seeing
the World Through New Eyes program. The Jack Webster Foundation will be
offering the fellowship in 2009/10 to Africa.

    The Jack Webster Foundation, named after the late broadcaster who was
Western Canada's best known and most influential reporter, was established in
1986 to recognize excellence in British Columbia journalism.

    The work of the Foundation is made possible by the generous sponsorship
of Accenture, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Bell Canada, CGA
Association, HSBC Bank Canada, CN, Labatt Breweries, Terasen Gas, Vancouver
International Airport, Port Metro Vancouver and WorkSafeBC.

For further information:

For further information: Nora Newlands, Executive Director, Jack Webster
Foundation, Tel. (604) 261-6184, Fax (604) 261-1964, Email:, Website:

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