Media Advisory - Jack Webster Foundation offers fellowship for young/new BC journalists

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The Jack Webster Foundation, in partnership
with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is once again
offering up to five short-term Seeing the World through New Eyes 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 November will precede two weeks of field visits to two countries in sub
Saharan Africa in late March, 2010.
    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. A total of 20 BC journalists have participated in the program
that included destinations of Cambodia and Viet Nam, Rwanda and Mozambique and
Peru and Honduras.
    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 BC-based freelancers with a record
of printed or aired work. Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun columnist and veteran
reporter on global development issues, is the volunteer project leader.
    "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 health and education, 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."
    Application forms are available on the Jack Webster Foundation website: The deadline for applications is September 28, 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 annual
journalism awards dinner in his honour will be held November 6, 2008 at the
Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.
    The work of the Foundation is made possible by the generous sponsorship
of BCLC, Bell, CGA Association, CN, HSBC Bank Canada, Labatt Breweries,
Terasen Gas, Port Metro Vancouver 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:, Website:

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