Journalism Conference

May
06
Friday, May 06, 2022 at 12:00 PM through May 08, 2022

Location

Greater Toronto Area

Event contact

Event Manager

The Democracy Fund hosted 24 young Canadians interested in pursuing a career in journalism at our annual Student Journalism Fellowship Conference from May 6 to 8, 2022. The conference was held in the Greater Toronto Area, and was an equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory event, and students who were unable to fly to Toronto were accommodated via video link.

The theme of the 2022 conference was Canadian Civil Liberties in Challenging Times.

Successful applicants participated in a three-day intensive program and learned the fundamentals of modern journalism, with an emphasis on digital platforms. In addition to journalistic skills, participants learned about the civil liberties challenges facing Canada in 2022.

A highlight of the weekend was a special journalistic assignment, that was graded by a panel of senior journalists — with prizes awarded to the winners.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The conference is open to Canadian, permanent residents, and non-Canadians holding a valid work permit, who are interested in pursuing journalism in any medium.
  • Applicants can be journalism students; self-employed or freelance journalists, or working as journalists.
  • Must be proficient in English
  • Vacancies open to applicants 18 to 30 years of age. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Ambition and work ethic
  • Journalistic integrity
  • Would benefit personally and professionally from the conference and would be likely to make journalism a career.
  • A commitment to civil liberties

Successful applicants had their air travel (economy class), accommodations, meals while at the conference, and commuting costs covered.

More details about our 2023 Student Journalism Fellowship Conference application process will be announced later in 2022. 

About The Democracy Fund:

Founded in 2021, The Democracy Fund (TDF) is a Canadian charity dedicated to constitutional rights, advancing education and relieving poverty. TDF promotes constitutional rights through litigation and public education. TDF supports an access to justice initiative for Canadians whose civil liberties have been infringed by government lockdowns and other public policy responses to the pandemic.