Scotiabank and CJFE announce winner of 2015-16 Journalism Fellowship at Massey College

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Toronto, ON—Scotiabank, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and Massey College at the University of Toronto, are pleased to announce that Luiz Hidalgo Nunes Jr. of Brazil has been awarded the 2015-16 Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College. Hidalgo is the fifth Latin American journalist to be awarded the fellowship for a mid-career journalist. Previous winners have come from El Salvador, Mexico, Venezuela and Uruguay. 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 organized seminars held at Massey College. “Our partnership in hosting the Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship continues to be a very important one,” said Massey College Master Hugh Segal. “Experienced journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean bring their rich experience to Massey College and U of T and at the same time benefit greatly from their courses and by living with bright young scholars in a setting that exudes a love of learning, along with the fun that goes with it.” “This fellowship is an opportunity for journalists to explore new perspectives and environments, while building expertise and relationships that they can bring home and continue to use in their careers,” said CJFE Executive Director Tom Henheffer. “We are thrilled to welcome Luiz Hidalgo.” Luiz Hidalgo is a freelance journalist from São Paulo, Brazil, with more than a decade of experience in television, magazine, newspapers and web journalism. He’s written about topics ranging from men’s health to politics and the environment. In 2006, his television story on sugarcane plantations and their effect on the environment was awarded the VI Prêmio CPFL de Imprensa, a prize for energy-based journalism in the public interest. After an interlude in which Hidalgo worked as a press agent, he returned to freelance reporting and editing in 2014. He followed one of the candidates for the Brazilian presidency in mid-2014, an experience that showed him how far there still is to go in terms of free expression and countering censorship in Brazil. "It is an honour and a privilege to be chosen as one of the Journalist Fellows at Massey College,” said Hidalgo. “At this time, when my profession is going through so many changes, it will be extremely rewarding to observe how Canadians do journalism, which values and norms guide them, and in which manner all of this can be applied to my own work.” Hidalgo will arrive in Canada in September to join an outstanding group of Canadian and international journalists as part of the 2015-16 William Southam Journalism Fellows, including 2015 Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Fellow Mustapha Dumbuya of BBC Media Alert in Sierra Leone. Interview available on request—please find CJFE media contact below. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to information in Canada and abroad. Rooted in the field of journalism, we promote a free media as essential to a fair and open society. CJFE boldly champions the free expression rights of all people, and encourages and supports individuals and groups in the protection of their own and others’ free expression rights. Massey College is the only independent residential college solely for graduate students in the University of Toronto. Our 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. About Scotiabank: Through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average $50 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world. Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and parts of Asia. We are dedicated to helping our 21 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking. With a team of more than 86,000 employees and assets of $837 billion (as at April 30, 2015) Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). Scotiabank distributes the Bank's media releases using Marketwired. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankNews. -30- For more information, please contact: Alexandra Zakreski CJFE International Programs Coordinator 416-515-9622 x 262 [email protected]

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