The William Southam Journalism Fellows are an integral part of the Massey College community. Since 1962, the program has gathered over 250 esteemed Canadian and international journalists for a year of education, reflection, and fellowship.
Applications are now open for 2021-2022 Fellowships. Applications must include a professional biography, current CV, a statement of intent explaining why you wish to be considered for a Fellowship and what course(s) of study you feel will contribute most to your professional development, how you would benefit from the multidisciplinary environment at Massey College, and how you would contribute to the Massey community. We also ask for three samples of recent work and the names of three referees that will provide reference letters.
Massey College is committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity and advancing equality – we encourage journalists from traditionally excluded and marginalized groups to apply.
Nana aba Duncan is an award-winning broadcaster and advocate of underrepresented perspectives in journalism. She currently hosts CBC Radio’s Fresh Air, Ontario’s top-rated weekend morning show. In 2015, Nana aba founded Media Girlfriends: a podcast, scholarship and network supporting racialized and LGBTQ2+ women/non-binary people working in media. She has also served as country director with Journalists For Human Rights in Ghana. Nana aba won the Influencer Award at the 2020 International Women of Diversity Awards. She has been laughing loudly for a very long time.
Nancy Emefa Dzradosi is a Ghanaian journalist who specializes in field reporting, anchoring and production. Her works focus on Human rights and Environment. Nancy currently leads Joy FM and Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s Clean Ghana Campaign. In 2018 and 2019, her stories on abandoned lepers and a mentally pregnant woman reignited national conversation on social exclusion. Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and linguistics from the University of Ghana. She lives in Accra, Ghana.
Keith Gerein is an Alberta-based journalist who has covered a wide range of stories about life and politics in Canada’s most enigmatic province over the last two decades. His current assignment is as a politics columnist for the Edmonton Journal, but he is also known for his past reporting on health care, post-secondary education and municipal affairs. In 2011, he was sent on assignment to Afghanistan as an embedded journalist with the Canadian Forces. His career highlights include a CAJ award nomination for an investigation into crumbing hospital infrastructure, in-depth stories of the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016 and coverage of two Alberta elections.
Award-winning journalist Duncan McCue is the host of CBC Radio One’s Cross Country Checkup and correspondent for The National on CBC-TV, based in Toronto.McCue also teaches journalism at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and Ryerson University, and was recognized by the Canadian Ethnic Media Association with an Innovation Award for developing curriculum on Indigenous issues. He was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2011, where he created an online guide for journalists called Reporting in Indigenous Communities (riic.ca). McCue is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario, and proud father of two children.
Kyaw Soe Oo joined Reuters at the height of tensions around the Rohingya Muslim population in his native Rakhine State in Myanmar. His reporting on the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in 2017 won him and his colleagues several journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. During his reporting on the Rohingya, he and a colleague were arrested on December 12, 2017 by Myanmar police and sentenced in September 2018 to seven years in prison on Official Secrets Act charges. Kyaw Soe Oo was freed in May 2019 in a presidential amnesty after an international outcry over his incarceration.
The Globe and Mail’s Robyn Doolittle talks about her nearly two-year investigation into police response to sexual assault complaints.
Veteran journalists Carol Off (CBC), Michelle Shephard (Toronto Star), Manisha Krishnan (VICE), Shawney Cohen (VICE), and Kathy English (Toronto Star), discuss how they keep their sources safe while doggedly pursuing the story.
William Southam Journalism Fellows are outstanding Canadian journalists in mid-career who are invited to spend a year at Massey College, a graduate college within the University of Toronto. The objective of the fellowship program is to encourage improvement in journalism, offering journalists an opportunity to broaden their horizons by studying in a university setting.
Fellows are selected by a committee appointed by the President of the University and the Principal of Massey College. They are chosen for professional competence and future potential as effective and responsible journalists.
Three or more fellowships for Canadian journalists are awarded annually, tenable for one academic year, September to May.
Applicants must be full-time news or editorial employees with Canadian newspapers, news services, radio, television, or magazines, with at least five years’ experience. Freelance journalists working consistently in the media over a five-year period are also eligible.
Fellows enrol in any graduate or undergraduate courses, and have access to the full facilities of the University. There are no educational prerequisites for a Fellowship. Fellows do not receive credits or degrees for work done during the year.
The academic program typically combines general education with concentration in at least two courses; one course must be taken in full and all assignments completed.
In a parallel extra-curricular program, the Fellows meet regularly for informal seminars to discuss contemporary issues with guests invited from a wide variety of professions.
To obtain the maximum benefit of the program, the successful candidates agree to refrain from all professional work, including writing and broadcasting, during the period of the Fellowship. Personal holidays or travel is restricted to University holiday periods. Those selected are appointed Fellows-at-Large at the University of Toronto, with all the privileges of a Senior Resident at Massey College.
Fellows are invited, throughout the fellowship, to create a piece of reportage (in the format of their choice) that reflects Massey’s academic pursuits. Fellows will be expected to share their work through publication on the Massey College website.
The Fellowships underwrite: (1) A stipend of $4,900 per month, for the eight-month university year, from September to April; (2) All university fees; (3) Travel expenses up to the cost of economy air fare to and from Toronto for the Fellow and family; (4) Travel expenses for organized trips during the program.
If you are interested in the Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Journalism Fellowship, please see the information and application instructions below.
The Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Journalism Fellowship provides an opportunity for a journalist from one of JHR’s program countries in the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa. Run in tandem with the Southam Fellowships, the same conditions apply.
Please visit the JHR Website for more information, and to apply for the Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Journalism Fellowship.
Lagu Joseph Kenyi
Hugo de Grandpre
Luiz Hidalgo Nunes Jr.
Mary Triny Mena
Mary Agnes Welch
Ato Kwamena Dadzie
Yong Ho Kim
Anne Marie Owens
Paule Des Rivieres
Ann Dowsett Johnston
Maria De Magistris
Gordon D. Fisher
Nicolaas Van Rijn
Arthur Bud Jorgensen
In association with Journalists for Human Rights, Massey College and the University of Toronto are grateful for the generosity of the Alva Foundation, the estate of the late St. Clair Balfour, Lisa Balfour Bowen and the late Walter Bowen, Clair Balfour and Marci McDonald, Wilson J.H. Southam, the R. Howard Webster Foundation, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, CBC/Radio-Canada, the McLaughlin Centre, and for the generosity of past Journalism Fellows.
For more information please contact:
Director, Partnerships and Programs