Jack Webster Foundation offers fellowship for young/new BC journalists

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - The Jack Webster Foundation, in partnership
with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is once again
offering up to five short-term fellowships intended to provide young or
beginning BC journalists with their first opportunity to report from the
developing world. A three-day training seminar in early November will precede
two weeks of field visits to two countries in sub-Saharan Africa in early
February, most likely Rwanda and Mozambique.
    Seeing the World through New Eyes was first offered in 2006, when five
young or new B.C. journalists were selected to travel to Malawi and Tanzania
in East Africa. In 2007, five others visited Cambodia and Viet Nam.
    Once again, the fellowship is open to BC-based journalists who are aged
30 or younger, or who are in their first five years of journalism, and who are
full time employees at a media organization or freelancers with a record of
printed or aired work.
    "These fellowships will benefit eligible BC journalists who want an
opportunity to see beyond their borders, witness firsthand Canadian
organizations that help in developing countries and also view the developing
world from a perspective of the people who live there," said Neil Soper,
Co-Chair of the Jack Webster Foundation
    "This is a unique opportunity to report from areas of the world with
serious challenges such as basic human needs, gender equality and integration
of women in development; human rights, democracy and good governance,
environment, infrastructure services and private sector development," Soper
said. "With the generous 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."
    Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun columnist and veteran reporter on global
development issues, is the volunteer project leader.
    Application forms are available on the Jack Webster Foundation website:
www.jackwebster.com. The deadline for applications is September 24, 2007.
Successful applicants will be advised by mid-October.

    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 annual
journalism awards dinner in his honour will be held October 22, 2007 at the
Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.
    The work of the Foundation is made possible by the generous sponsorship
of Accenture, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Bell Canada, CGA
Association, CN, HSBC Bank Canada, Labatt Breweries of British Columbia,
Terasen Gas, Vancouver International Airport Authority, Vancouver Port
Authority and WorkSafe BC.

For further information:

For further information: Nora Newlands, Executive Director, Jack Webster
Foundation, Tel. (604) 618-6949; Fax (604) 261-1964; Email:
info@jackwebster.com; Website: www.jackwebster.com

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