Madelaine Drohan awarded public policy fellowship to study "serious journalism"

OTTAWA, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ - Award-winning journalist, Madelaine Drohan, is the Public Policy Forum's 2015 Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow

For the next 12 months, Ms. Drohan will be focusing her attention with this fellowship on how journalism influences policy-making in Canada. This timely analysis comes amid important trends that are causing a decline in substantial, in-depth reporting on public policy.

"Through this Fellowship, I know that Madelaine Drohan will make an impactful contribution to understanding the future of serious journalism," says David Mitchell, President & CEO of Canada's Public Policy Forum.

Madelaine Drohan is the Canada correspondent for The Economist. For the last 35 years, she has covered business and politics in Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. She is the author of The 9 Habits of Highly Successful Resource Economies: Lessons for Canada (2012) and Making a Killing: How and Why Corporations use Armed Force to do Business (2004). Ms. Drohan is the 2001 recipient of the Public Policy Forum's Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.

The Prime Ministers of Canada Fellowship was established in 2012 to mark the Public Policy Forum's 25th anniversary, when all living former Prime Ministers were honoured at the Testimonial Dinner and Awards in Toronto. The Fellowship brings prominent Canadian leaders to the Forum to conduct research and convene dialogues about public policy, democratic institutions and good governance. The Fellowship is supported by funding from our presenting partner, the RBC Foundation.

The inaugural Prime Ministers Fellow was Peter MacKinnon, former President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan, who devoted his fellowship to studying the role of universities and public policy. His book University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century: A President's Perspective, was published in 2014 by the University of Toronto Press.  

The Forum aims to publish a report authored by Madelaine Drohan in early 2016.

To participate in the project, please submit your answer to these questions:
How does
journalism influence policy making in Canada? And how will it do so in the future?

The Public Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors.

RBC Foundation supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations and employee volunteer activities. In 2014, it contributed more than $76 million to causes worldwide, including both donations and community investments.



For further information: Sara Caverley, Communications Coordinator, Public Policy Forum, (613) 238-7858 ext. 228,,


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