Carleton University is now accepting applications to the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship for a project to be completed in 2020. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 at 12 p.m. EDT.

The fund was established to provide an annual award of $25,000 to cover travel, reporting and research expenses and a stipend for a journalist.  It is administered by Carleton University through its School of Journalism and Communication in the Faculty of Public Affairs.

Last year’s recipients, Sara Mojtehedzadeh, a labour reporter with the Toronto Star, and Melissa Renwick, an independent documentary photographer, are using the fellowship to take a close look at Canada’s migrant worker program, told from the vantage point of family members left behind in Mexico. Their project asks whether a program that supposedly empowers families is in fact sometimes destroying them. They plan to publish their project in mid-fall.

The fellowship commemorates the career and ideals of Jim Travers – reporter, foreign correspondent, general manager for Southam News, editor of The Ottawa Citizen, executive managing editor of the Toronto Star and national columnist for the Star at the time of his death on March 3, 2011.

Friends and colleagues of Travers established the fellowship fund to finance significant foreign reporting projects by Canadian journalists — staffers, freelancers or students — working in any medium. The Travers family enthusiastically supports the fellowship and is actively involved in its development.

The award reflects the importance that Travers attached to his six years reporting from Africa and the Middle East. He believed Canadians deserve first-hand, indepth coverage of important stories outside our borders. He argued passionately that it is crucial for Canadian reporters to “bear witness” — because in our interconnected world, “foreign” news is local news.

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