Scotiabank and CJFE invite entries for Journalism Fellowship at Massey College in Toronto

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Scotiabank, together with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and Massey College at the University of Toronto, look forward to welcoming another Latin American journalist to take part in the eight-month Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College at the University of Toronto in 2012-2013. Now in its third year, this program creates an opportunity for a mid-career journalist from South America, Central America, the Caribbean or Mexico to participate in a two-semester fellowship hosted by Massey College at the University of Toronto. "As Canada's most international bank, we work with reporters in many countries who regularly demonstrate their professionalism and we commend the contribution that they make to the society around them, sometimes at great personal risk," said Sue Graham Parker, Senior Vice President, Scotiabank Public, Corporate and Public Affairs. "Past participants in this fellowship have validated the importance of this kind of opportunity and we are proud to partner with CJFE and Massey College to make it happen." "We see this fellowship as one that is essential to helping increase, as Canadians, our knowledge of a huge region that has largely been ignored by North America for too long," said John Fraser, Master of Massey College. "With our fine collaboration with Scotiabank and CJFE, this can only succeed." "We are proud to be part of this great partnership and this unique program, which continues to build awareness and strengthen connections between journalists in Canada and Latin America," said Annie Game, President of CJFE. "We look forward to welcoming the 2012-2013 Fellow to Toronto, and increasing our understanding of the working conditions faced by journalists throughout Latin America." Run in tandem with the Canadian Journalism Fellowships, the Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellow has an opportunity to broaden his or her horizons by spending eight months at Massey College and auditing courses at the University of Toronto. The Fellowship also provides an opportunity to forge new connections with the Canadian media, while expanding on work related to a significant issue, always with a view to applying this experience upon return to their home country. The deadline for applications for the 2012-2013 Fellowship is March 2, 2012. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is a Canadian organization founded in 1981 that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world. CJFE champions the free expression rights of journalists and media workers around the world and is an active participant and builder of the global free expression community, particularly through its management of the IFEX Clearing House. www.cjfe.org Massey College is the only independent residential college solely for graduate students in the University of Toronto. Its architect-designed facilities provide a community for distinguished senior scholars, for elected graduates who are called Junior Fellows and some eminent members of the non-academic world. Since its inception in 1963, the College has also hosted the Journalism Fellowship Program (initially named the Southam Journalism Fellowships) whereby several mid-career journalists are annually offered Fellowships allowing them to take a leave of absence from their work to audit courses of any subject at University of Toronto and to generally broaden their horizons. www.masseycollege.ca Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and Canada's most international bank. With more than 70,000 employees, Scotiabank Group and its affiliates serve some 18.6 million customers in more than 50 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad range of products and services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking. With assets above $526 billion (as at October 31, 2010), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com For further information: Leslie de Freitas , CJFE Manager 416 515-9622 x.226 ldefreitas@cjfe.org or Paula Cufre, International Media Communications, 416-866-4833, paula_cufre@scotiacapital.com

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