Two French-Language Journalists Win $60 000 Grants

    OTTAWA, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The International Development Research
Centre (IDRC) and the Agence Science-Presse (ASP) are proud to announce the
granting of two science journalism awards. The recipients are Marie-Josée
Richard, a Québec journalist, and Fatiha Chara, an Algerian journalist.
    These awards allow young, up and coming, journalists to work in the
developing world, to gain hands-on experience at covering stories, in
developing countries. They also make build new professional and person
friendships with local journalists that will help them throughout their
careers. The two recipients will each receive $60 000 for a work-study program
of approximately six months, three of which will be spent at the Agence
Science-Presse, and three to carry out a personal project.
    During the past few years Marie-Josée Richard has worked with several
media organizations, clearly demonstrating her eclectic interests and
insatiable curiosity. Her favourite topics, however, are social issues related
to science, health, and the environment. Now Brazil has called to her. She
will fly there in January 2009 to report on the environment in this vast South
American country.
    Fatiha Chara is an Algerian radio journalist and correspondent for a
Lebanese environment and sustainable development magazine in Beirut. Her
reporting project will bring her to Sudan where she will focus on how food
security helps the rural economy of this country and, in particular, women's
contribution to local development.
    In addition to these two awards for French-speaking journalists, IDRC
will also fund two awards for English-speaking journalists this year, one of
them in partnership with SciDev.Net, a Web portal that facilitates
developing-countries' access to scientific information. The recipients of the
English-language awards will be announced in the coming months.

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than
40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

    About ASP

    The Agence Science-Presse is an independent media organization that has
been providing the media - and other organizations - with science-related news
for the past 30 years. Its work is journalistic in nature. Its mission is to
popularize and synthesize scientific information for the general public in
order to show that science is captivating, inspiring, and is everywhere!

For further information:

For further information: Ottawa: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé,
International Development Research Centre (IDRC), (613) 696-2343,; Montréal: Josée Nadia Drouin, Agence
Science-Presse, (514) 844-4388, ext. 221,

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