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DEADLINE: R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship
The fellowship will finance a significant foreign reporting project by a Canadian journalist – a staffer, a freelancer or a graduate student – working in any medium. The fellowship provides $25,000 to cover travel, reporting and research expenses for a journalist.
The application can be downloaded at the fellowship web page. The deadline for receipt of completed application packages is Oct 23, 2017.
Friends and colleagues of the late Jim Travers created the fellowship in 2012 to honour his legacy of critical, conscientious engagement on global issues and Canadian foreign policy by annually funding a major international reporting project in any medium.
Travers worked as the Southam News correspondent in Africa and the Middle East during the 1980s, covering major stories from apartheid in South Africa and the Ethiopian famine to the conflict in Lebanon and the Iran-Iraq war. Returning to Canada, he continued an influential career as general manager of Southam News, editor of the Ottawa Citizen, executive managing editor of the Toronto Star and finally as an award-winning national affairs columnist known for his compassion and playful wit.
The award reflects the importance that Jim Travers attached to his six years reporting from Africa and the Middle East and the guidance he provided as an editor for journalists. He believed Canadians deserve first-hand, in-depth coverage of important stories outside our borders. He argued passionately that it is crucial for Canadian reporters to “bear witness” – because in our interconnected world, “foreign” news is local news.
At home and abroad, he had a sharp eye for world news and its domestic implications and was concerned by the lack of in-depth international coverage in the Canadian media. The fellowship aims to help fill this void and support those hoping to work in Travers’ tradition