Student Journalism Conference

The Democracy Fund is inviting young Canadians interested in pursuing a career in journalism to attend our Student Journalism Conference, May 6 - 8, 2022. The conference will be held in the Greater Toronto Area, and successful applicants will have their travel expenses covered.

The conference is an equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory event, and students who are unable to fly to Toronto will be accommodated via video link.

The theme of the conference is: Canadian Civil Liberties in Challenging Times.

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

A highlight of the weekend will be a special journalistic assignment, that will be graded by a panel of senior journalists — with valuable prizes for 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. 

Application Process: Please fill out the following form and provide the submissions requested.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022 (extended)

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


And more civil liberties journalists will be announced soon! 

Successful applicants will be notified by email. Applicants will have air travel (economy class), accommodations, meals while at the conference, and commuting costs covered.

Best of Luck!



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.