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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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