The purpose of this award is to increase opportunities for young journalists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) and to enhance their professional portfolios. This grant will provide financial support to pursue a story that may also be published in a Canadian news outlet.

Applicants have the freedom to pursue any story they feel passionately about including diversity, inclusion, race, and racial justice issues.

The Background

Every year, Carleton’s School of Journalism awards its students numerous scholarships and awards. Graduating students in particular are recognized for their dedication to issues such as business and politics, the environment, community and investigative journalism.

Yet dedicated support from the school for BIPOC journalism students, and support for critical reporting on race and racial inequality, has historically been lacking. Moreover, not every student has the ability to participate in unpaid internships, which is still a reality of the Journalism industry.

Journalists of colour have written essays and calls to action to increase diversity within the industry. This change can and should begin within schools of journalism, where journalists are taught key skills for life in the newsroom.

The Journalism chapter of the Carleton Alumni Association, in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) and Canadian Journalists of Colour (CJOC), are committed to fundraising, through a grass-roots approach, an award for a graduating student who has demonstrated a deep understanding of these diversity and race-related issues. This award is meant to support upper-year BIPOC students as they seek to gain professional experience.

The Rollout

This award will be given to student(s) who identify as BIPOC and are in their fourth year of undergraduate study in the Carleton School of Journalism. Strong preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the importance of diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences in newsrooms.

The Impact

The award’s objective is to support graduating students with a funded opportunity to pursue reporting of their choice and to encourage students to shine light on the systemic injustices that exist within Canadian society today.

The award can therefore be used for associated reporting costs such as travel, to supplement an internship income, or as a de facto freelance payment. In particular, this grant is in response to specific calls to action regarding the lack of critical race reporting in Canadian newsrooms and the lack of BIPOC persons in said spaces. Funding a story idea will not only enhance a student’s professional experience but add to their portfolio.

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