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36 Emerging Journalists Match in Inaugural CAJ Mentorship Program

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TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2020 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce the successful applicants of its inaugural Mentorship Program for Early-Career Journalists.

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Over the coming weeks, 36 early-career journalists will learn from mentors working in radio, television, digital, and print publications across the country. These mentors have taken as many mentees as their schedules allowed. All said they wished they could help everyone who applied.

"The entire CAJ team has been blown away by the amount of interest and enthusiasm for this pilot program," said CAJ president Brent Jolly. "Mentorship is a critical ingredient in building a productive, sustainable industry."

"The CAJ is thrilled to have so many talented young journalists from different communities taking part. We can't wait to see how this opportunity may spark remarkable changes in our industry in the future."

The CAJ board of directors offers a deep, sincere thanks to all the mentors who are generously donating their time.

This year's mentorship matches include:

  • Adrian Harewood, co-anchor of CBC News Ottawa at 6

  • Andree Lau, managing editor of digital news for CBC

  • Arif Noorani, executive producer and co-founder of CBC Podcasts

  • Brigitte Noël, investigative reporter with Radio-Canada's flagship investigative series Enquête

  • David Thurton, national reporter in CBC's parliamentary bureau

  • Emma Gilchrist, editor-in-chief of The Narwhal

  • Frances Bula, urban affairs contributor at the Globe and Mail and UBC adjunct professor

  • Francine Compton, executive producer of APTN National News

  • Jesse Winter, freelance visual journalist and 2020 Charles Bury Award winner

  • Karyn Pugliese, journalism professor at Ryerson University and past CAJ president

  • Lisa LaFlamme, Chief News Anchor of CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme

  • Mike De Souza, managing editor, enterprise & investigation at Global News

  • Nick Taylor-Vaisey, associate editor at Maclean's magazine and past CAJ president

  • Omayra Issa, bilingual journalist and news presenter for CBC/Radio-Canada

  • Paul Wells, senior writer at Maclean's magazine

  • Shireen Ahmed, freelance sports journalist

In total, the CAJ received 122 applications to the program. Due to this incredible response, we'll be hosting an event in October with some of our mentors for those who weren't successful in getting a match this time around.

The CAJ strongly encourages applicants who did not match to apply for the next session to begin in January. If you are a journalist interested in mentoring for the second edition of this program please get in touch with us.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with more than 700 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

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