Thursday, June 13, 2013(TORONTO, June 13, 2013) – Scotiabank, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and Massey College at the University of Toronto, are pleased to announce that José Peralta of Uruguay has been awarded the 2013/14 Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College. Peralta is the fourth Latin American journalist to be awarded the fellowship for a mid-career journalist. Previous winners have come from El Salvador, Mexico and Venezuela. Since 2009, the Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship has offered its participants a rich intercultural experience beyond the program’s eight-month academic curriculum. Past Fellows have had the opportunity to participate in trips within Canada and abroad. Last year’s awardee, Mary Triny Mena, visited Newfoundland, Germany, and Finland during her Fellowship. In addition to enjoying a vibrant campus community provided by Massey College, previous fellows have toured, spoken at, and written for Canadian media outlets such as The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star; participated in panel discussions through the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs; partnered with local NGOs and think tanks; joined campus sports teams and committees; and have organised seminars held at Massey College. “Our relationship with the CJFE/Scotiabank Fellowship is one of our most important partnerships. It reinforces our mandate to reach out beyond the academy and be a bridge community with the wider world,” said Massey College Master John Fraser, a member of the jury that chose Peralta, along with Scotiabank Director of Media Communications Ann DeRabbie, CJFE Manager Julie Payne, and Ryerson professor and journalist Paul Knox. “We are delighted to welcome José Peralta,” said Annie Game, Executive Director of CJFE. “This fellowship helps ensure journalists are exposed to new perspectives and experiences, and helps build new contacts and viewpoints to use as they continue their careers.” José Peralta is from Montevideo, Uruguay. During Uruguay’s economic crisis in 2002, he moved to Spain to continue his studies. In 2006, he was hired by Búsqueda, a widely read Uruguayan weekly magazine described as having a ‘liberal’ editorial policy. Peralta finished his undergraduate degree in 2010 at the University of the Republic in Montevideo. Since starting at Búsqueda, he has been awarded the opportunity to attend a series of programs such as ‘The Reach of Organized Crime and the Exercise of Journalism on Violent Contexts” at the University of Mexico (UNAM), along with a course in investigative journalism sponsored by the US State Department. Peralta’s work is concentrated in the areas of energy development, education and public enterprise. Peralta will arrive in Canada in September to join an outstanding group of Canadian and international journalists as part of the 2013/14 Journalism Fellows, including 2013 JHR/Gordon Fisher Fellow Amara Bangura from Sierra Leone. “I am thrilled and excited to be offered this incredible honour,” said José Peralta. “This experience will enrich my perspective and ability as a journalist to serve as society’s ‘watch dog.’ I am certain it will be an excellent opportunity to explore the roots of the values held by Canadians, learn from them and share them when I return home.” Interview available on request – please find CJFE media contact below.
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