Five CAJ/CIDA Fellowships Awarded

    OTTAWA, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased
to announce the winners of five CAJ/CIDA fellowships for travel to developing
countries. This is the eighth year fellowships have been awarded.
    Applications were judged by a three-member panel appointed by the
Canadian Association of Journalists. The judges were: James Bagnall, The
Ottawa Citizen and a winner of the 2007-2008 CAJ/CIDA Fellowship, Ottawa;
Allan Thompson, Carleton University, Ottawa; Kelly Toughill, University of
King's College, Halifax. Applications were accepted from the following
regions: British Columbia and Yukon; Prairies and the North (Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut); Ontario;
Quebec and the National Capital Region; Atlantic. The fellowship winners for
2008-2009 are:

    Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, AB.
    Lynn Bulloch, CTV News, Northern Ontario. Sudbury, ON.
    Gino Harel, Radio-Canada. Montreal, QC.
    Lee Pitts, CBC Television. St. John's, NF.
    Rob Annandale, freelancer. Vancouver, BC.

    Winners were selected based on the strength of their applications, which
included story proposals, previously published/broadcast works, an explanation
of their interests in development and the professional development
opportunities they hope to gain.
    Fellows or their employers will retain the rights to any stories they
create and neither CIDA nor the CAJ will have editorial control on the
resulting works of the fellows.
    "There were some creative and varied fellowship entries this year, and
the winners deserve our congratulations," said CAJ President Mary Agnes Welch.
"With tough times hitting many Canadian newsrooms, this fellowship represents
a vital opportunity to put Canadian journalists on the ground in some diverse
and fascinating countries, from Rwanda to Haiti to the Philippines."
    The fellows must complete their travel by April 30, 2009 and the length
of travel is about 15 days. The fellowship winners will make a presentation on
their trip at the CAJ's spring conference, being held in Vancouver, May 22-24,
    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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