Five BC Journalists receive Webster fellowships to cover sub-Saharan development issues

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - The Jack Webster Foundation today announced
five recipients of the third Seeing the World through New Eyes fellowship
established in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency
    These five BC journalists will visit sub-Saharan Africa in early 2008 to
experience firsthand reporting from developing countries:

    Sarah Artis, The Terrace Standard, Terrace
    Colleen Dane, Comox Valley Record, Union Bay
    Elaine O'Connor, The Province, North Vancouver
    Sarah Petrescu, Times Colonist, Victoria
    Marylene Tetu, CBC Radio-Canada, Vancouver

    "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 Neil Soper, 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 Mozambique
and Rwanda 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 organizations or
freelancers with a record of printed or aired work. The jury panel (Don Cayo,
Ross Howard, Margo Harper, and Scott Macrae) evaluated 33 entries from a
diverse section of BC print and broadcast journalists. Earlier in 2007, five
journalists traveled to Viet Nam and Cambodia in the second CIDA-funded Seeing
the World Through New Eyes program. The Jack Webster Foundation will be
applying to CIDA for continued funding for 2008/2009.

    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 of British Columbia,
Terasen Gas, Vancouver International Airport Authority, Vancouver Port
Authority 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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