Announcing the 2021-2022 William Southam Journalism Fellows at Massey College

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We are pleased to welcome the incoming William Southam Journalism Fellows to Massey College. Winners were announced at the virtual CJF Gala on June 9, 2021.

MICHAEL BARCLAY is the author of the acclaimed 2018 national bestseller The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip, and co-author of Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-95 (2001; rev. 2011). He was chief copy editor at Maclean’s from 2008-2017, associate producer at CBC Radio Two’s Brave New Waves (2003-06), and a freelance writer for the Globe and Mail, New York Times, Exclaim, Eye Weekly and others. For almost 20 years, he had a weekly column in the Waterloo Region Record. His new book, Hearts on Fire: Five Years That Changed Canadian Music 2000-05, is due in spring 2022. He plays accordion and saxophone in rock, folk, wedding and klezmer bands.

Webster McConnell Fellow

WENCY LEUNG is a Toronto-based health reporter for The Globe and Mail, and is part of a team of journalists currently covering the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a special interest in reporting on brain health, including how various aspects of the pandemic have affected people’s mood, senses and cognition. She is particularly drawn to stories about families and individuals living with dementia, substance use and addiction, and loneliness – and about the scientists and clinicians striving to help them.Prior to joining The Globe, she worked at The Prague Post, The Vancouver Sun, The Cambodia Daily, and the Reuters news agency (now Thomson Reuters). 

St. Clair Balfour Fellow

JONATHAN MONTPETIT is an award-winning digital journalist at CBC Montreal. He has spent the last several years reporting on Quebec politics, and has written extensively about the province’s “new nationalism,” its secularism debates, and the rise and fall of far-right groups. Before joining CBC, he worked for The Canadian Press, covering the war in Afghanistan and the earthquake in Haiti. He holds graduate degrees in political science from the London School of Economics and McGill University.

CBC/Radio-Canada Fellow

REBECCA COLLARD is a Canadian broadcast journalist and writer based in Beirut, who has covered the Middle East for more than a decade. She reports regularly for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), filing news and features for radio and television. Her analysis and long-form narrative work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Time Magazine, The New York Times, among other outlets. She has covered the Arab Spring and its regional repercussions, the rise and fall of ISIS, and the mass migration spurred by the resulting conflicts.

Gordon N. Fisher / JHR Fellow 

PATRICK EGWU is a Nigerian freelance investigative journalist. His work on human rights, social justice, migration, and global health in sub-Saharan Africa has been published by Foreign Policy, NPR, Daily Maverick, Christian Century, America Magazine and elsewhere. Patrick recently completed an Open Society Foundation fellowship on Investigative Reporting at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He also has master’s and bachelors degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In February, he won the 2021 International Center for Journalists’ Global Health Crisis Award for Covid-19 reporting. 

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