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

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Toronto – Scotiabank, together with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and Massey College, look forward to welcoming another successful Latin American or Caribbean journalist to take part in the one-year Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College. This unique opportunity is a two-semester fellowship hosted by Massey College of the University of Toronto. The contest is open to mid-career journalists from South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. “As a multi-national organization, we interact with media around the globe every day and recognize the courage and commitment of international journalists who often face significant risks to bring their stories to the public,” said Wendy Hannam, Executive Vice President, International Banking. “We are honoured to continue supporting the CJFE in their work and proud to bring another Latin American journalist to study in Canada through the Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship.” “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.” “In 2009, this Fellowship introduced us to an exceptional journalist, Eric Lemus from El Salvador,” said Annie Game, President of CJFE. “He was a dynamic representative of journalists in the region who are working in incredibly challenging environments just trying to report the news. We expect that similarly the 2011/12 the new Fellow will further increase our understanding of the situation facing journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean.” The Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College will provide a qualified Latin American journalist with a mid-career sabbatical in which s/he will spend eight months at Massey College in Toronto. The successful candidate will audit courses of their choice at the University of Toronto and make connections with the Canadian media, while expanding their work related to a significant issue, with a view to applying this experience to ongoing work upon return to their home country.
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. 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 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. 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 For more information contact: Julie Payne, CJFE Manager 416 515-9622 x.226 or email or Paula Cufre, International Media Communications, 416-866-4833, email For the Spanish version click here

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