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The Canadian Association of Journalists's mentorship program pairs CAJ members with established professionals working in radio, television, digital, and print publications across the country. Student journalists, those starting their career and professionals at any career stage looking to develop new skills are encouraged to apply. 

The next call for applications to the CAJ mentorship program will begin in June 2021.

MENTORSHIP MATCHES 2021

MENTORS

Adrian Harewood Andray Domise Angie Landry Brandi Morin Brigitte Noël Carlos Osorio Daniel Dale David Thurton |David Topping Dylan Robertson Elamin Abdelmahmoud Eva Holland Evan Solomon Francine Pelletier Hannah Sung James Keller Jeremy Klaszus Karyn Pugliese Laurie Few Matt Galloway Michelle Shephard Nicholas Hune-Brown Nicholas Keung Omar Mouallem Robyn Smith Rosa Hwang Sarah Cox Stephanie Hinds Sunaya Sapurji Valérie Ouellet |

ABOUT THE MENTORS 

 

ADRIAN HAREWOOD

About: I have been the co-anchor of CBC News Ottawa at 6 since 2009. I also host the weekly local magazine show, Our Ottawa. For three years I was the host of the CBC Ottawa drive-home-show All In A Day. I have been a guest host on CBC programs such as As it Happens, The Current and Power & Politics and have hosted arts programs on BRAVO and PBS. In 2020, I received the Canadian Screen Award for Best Local News Anchor. I currently serve as an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication.

Looking to mentor: Early-career journalists and reporters interested in the representation of marginalized communities in media.

ANDRAY DOMISE 

About: I’m a contributing editor at Maclean’s magazine, a freelance op-ed writer, and board member of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists.

Looking to mentor: Early-career political and opinion writers, interested in challenging dominant sociopolitical narratives in media.

 

ANGIE LANDRY

About: Since 2019, I have been coordinator and editor of Radio-Canada Arts website, and my mission is to build bridges between the various cultural reporters (digital, radio and television) to showcase their work. I also write long forms or features; my most recent projects have focused on the stories of survivors of one of the deadliest roads in Quebec, on the lack of diversity in Quebec's tv series, and on compassion fatigue among front-line social workers. Previously I was a journalist for Radio-Canada in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, where I understood the importance and the essence of regional journalism. My work has been recognized at the Judith-Jasmin Awards and the CAJ Awards.

Looking to mentor: I hope to work with young journalists or students who want to write stories filled with emotions through long forms, or build sound universes for their radio reports.

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BRANDI MORIN 

About: Brandi Morin is an internationally acclaimed French/Cree/Iroquois journalist from Treaty 6, AB, near Edmonton. She is one of Canada’s most prominent journalistic voices on Indigenous issues with an “insatiable” passion for justice. Her work has influenced reconciliation in Canada’s political, cultural and social environments. Her most notable work is published/broadcasted with Al Jazeera English, the Guardian, the National Observer, the Toronto Star, Power & Politics, CTV National, CBC Newsnet, the New York Times, Huff Post Canada, Elle Canada, Vice Canada, the Walrus, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News, and CBC Indigenous.

Looking to mentor: Students or early-career journalists on career development, goal-setting and how to navigate newsrooms.

BRIGITTE NOËL

About: I'm currently an investigative reporter with Radio-Canada's flagship investigative series Enquête. My main passion is long-form investigative work about social or environmental issues. My last projects include a series of pieces on the QAnon conspiracy movement, a film on a problematic canadian gold mine in Kyrgyzstan and a podcast series about a man accused of seducing women for cash. I'm an ex-VICE reporter and former host of french-language webseries VICE du jour and have also worked at the CBC and Quebecor.

Looking to mentor: Early-career journalists looking to develop their podcasting or documentary filmmaking skills, with an interest in social justice, the environment and/or fringe movements/radicalisation.

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CARLOS OSORIO 

About: I am a freelance photographer in Toronto, covering news for wire services, newspapers and magazines, a member of Diversify Photo and a mentor with ROOM, a photojournalism mentorship program for BIPOC photographers. Before freelancing, I was a staff photographer at the Toronto Star for 13 years, where I covered local, national and international news.

Looking to mentor: Looking to mentor early-career photojournalists or writers who want to tell visual stories through photography. Or writers who need help improving their technical photography skills.

 

DANIEL DALE

About: I'm a CNN reporter in Washington, DC, where I focus on fact-checking the president and other American politicians. I came to CNN from the Toronto Star, where I spent four years as Washington bureau chief and the previous four years as a Toronto City Hall reporter and then bureau chief.

Looking to mentor: People who are looking to develop a career in political journalism.

 

DAVID THURTON

About: David Thurton is a National Reporter in CBC’s Parliamentary Bureau. He’s worked in six Canadian provinces and territories and spent over two years reporting for CBC News in Fort McMurray and Canada’s Arctic. He was born in Canada but grew up in Trinidad and Tobago.

Looking to mentor: Happy to mentor journalists who are eager to work in newsrooms outside large urban centres or anyone who is planning to make the next move to a larger newsroom.

DAVID TOPPING

About: I'm in charge of all things newsletters for Torstar's newsrooms, including the Toronto Star's. I'm somewhere in the middle of my career in Canadian journalism, and I've gotten to do just about everything. That's meant reporting and editing — and also product management, audience development, making infographics, and running podcasts and newsletters. Before my current job, I was on staff at Toronto Life, The Grid, Torontoist, and OpenFile. (And yes, I know only one of those still exists.)

Looking to mentor: Anyone trying to figure out how to navigate an industry that doesn't seem to have an obvious spot for them.

 

DYLAN ROBERTSON 

About: I have covered Parliament Hill for six years, and I’m currently the Ottawa bureau chief for the Winnipeg Free Press, looking at how federal decisions impact the Prairies. Before that, I covered everything from LGBT policy to Europe’s refugee systems. I do a lot of freedom-of-information (FOI) requests and policy reporting.

Looking to mentor: I prefer to help someone who identifies as Indigenous, or anyone who doesn’t seem themselves reflected in newsrooms. I can help with how to file FOI requests, build sources and find a story in a budget document. I would not be helpful with opinion writing or with advocacy journalism.

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ELAMIN ABDELMAHMOUD 

About: I'm a culture writer for BuzzFeed News and I host Party Lines and Pop Chat with CBC Podcasts. I also write Incoming, the daily BuzzFeed News morning newsletter. Before BuzzFeed, I worked at TVO's 'The Agenda with Steve Paikin' and CBC's The National. I've written columns for the Globe, and a feature for Rolling Stone. When I get a chance, I write bad tweets.

Looking to mentor: Early career journalists, journalists who are looking to shift from one format to another, journalists curious about podcasting.

EVA HOLLAND 

About: I'm a Yukon-based freelance writer, focused on general interest magazine feature writing. I am a correspondent for Outside magazine, a former editor at Up Here magazine, and the author of a new nonfiction book, Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear. My work has been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best Canadian Sportswriting, and The Best Women's Travel Writing. It has also appeared in WIRED, the New York Times, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and many other publications.

Looking to mentor: Journalists interested in ambitious narrative-style feature writing (whether early-career or mid-career but looking to shift into features from another area of the field).

EVAN SOLOMON

About: Evan Solomon is Host of CTV’s weekly political journal of record, Question Period, and Host of CTV News Channel’s marquee political program, Power Play. Evan Solomon is also Bell Media Radio’s National Affairs Specialist and the host of the daily national radio program, The Evan Solomon Show on iHeartRadio Canada. He has covered federal and provincial politics, news, and current events for more than 20 years.

Looking to mentor: Early-career journalists interested in broadcasting.

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FRANCINE PELLETIER

About: I am currently a columnist for Le Devoir, a journalism professor at Concordia University and a documentarian. I co-founded and led a magazine and have worked in both radio and television broadcasting (notably as a Quebec National Assembly correspondent for Radio-Canada, co-host of CBC's The Fifth Estate), I've done feature writing and have produced several documentary films -- a mixed bag!

Looking to mentor: I'm open to many mentoring suggestions. My areas of interest are columns and editorials, documentaries (video and audio) and feature/investigative articles.

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HANNAH SUNG

About: I'm a journalist and producer. My current focus is on podcasts, a medium I prefer because they allow the space for connection, nuance and engagement. I produce podcasts (Media Girlfriends, Historica Canada, The Globe Content Studio) and consult on podcast strategy (The Walrus Lab). Previously, I was the Asper Fellow in journalism at Western and worked at The Globe and Mail, TVO, MuchMusic. I'm interested in workplace culture, inclusion, representation, learning how to do things differently.

Looking to mentor: Journalists open to various formats including audio, short-format video and newsletters, as well as mid-career WOC looking to progress their careers and stay in Canadian media.

JAMES KELLER

ABOUT: I'm the Alberta Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail, based in Calgary, where I am both an editor guiding our Alberta coverage and also a reporter. Before joining The Globe six years ago, I spent a decade at The Canadian Press, first in Halifax and then in Vancouver, as a general assignment reporter.

Looking to mentor: I’m looking to mentor journalists early in their career who have an interest in news and political reporting.

 

JEREMY KLASZUS

About: I'm the founder and editor-in-chief of The Sprawl, a Calgary independent news outlet that serves Albertans with in-depth public affairs journalism. I also host Sprawlcast, our podcast. Before launching The Sprawl in 2017, I worked as a freelance writer for a bunch of publications, including Monocle magazine, CBC and the Calgary Herald.

Looking to mentor: Students or early-career journalists interested in in-depth political journalism and/or longform feature journalism (whether writing or audio).

KARYN PUGLIESE 

About: I'm currently a journalism professor at Ryerson University and the past president of the CAJ. I recently wrapped up a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard University and before that I was the executive director of news and current affairs at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) for seven years. I've also worked at ichannel, VisionTV, CBC and CTV.

Looking to mentor: Early-career investigative journalists and reporters interested in the representation of marginalized communities in media.

LAURIE FEW 

About: I am currently the Executive Producer, Digital at TVO. I’ve been a journalist for 32 years working primarily in investigative and current affairs journalism. I started my career at CTV National News and then CTV’s W5. I moved on to run an investigative show at Global Television. I went on to become a Director at CPAC and then Managing Editor at National Observer.

Looking to mentor: I’m looking to mentor early or mid career journalists interested in investigative broadcast or digital reporting or producing.

MATT GALLOWAY

About: Matt Galloway is the host of The Current on CBC Radio One.
He has been with CBC Radio for more than 15 years. In addition to hosting Metro Morning for more than a decade, he has also anchored CBC Radio's coverage of the Olympic Games on several occasions.

Looking to mentor: Early career journalists who want to tell great stories, preferrably through audio.

 

MICHELLE SHEPHARD 

About: Spent 21 years as a Toronto Star journalist, specializing in issues of national security after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and then became a foreign correspondent. Author of two books: Decade of Fear: Reporting From Terrorism's Grey Zone, and Guantanamo's Child. After leaving the Star, I co-founded the production company Frequent Flyer Films, and have been hosting and producing podcasts for CBC, Antica and TVO.

Looking to mentor: Early to mid-career investigative journalists who have an interest in human rights stories, and foreign affairs, and may want to explore various forms of story-telling (print, film, podcasting).

 

 

NICHOLAS HUNE-BROWN 

About: I’ve been a freelance magazine writer for over a decade, writing for publications like Toronto Life, The Walrus, Slate, and The Guardian. I specialize in long-form, narrative features on a wide range of subjects and have won multiple National Magazine Awards. I’m currently the Senior Editor at The Local, a Toronto publication devoted to health and social issues.

Looking to mentor: Early-career journalists interested in freelancing and feature writing.

 

 

NICHOLAS KEUNG 

About: I’m just a reporter who loves hearing and sharing human stories, ones that can resonate universally with others regardless of where we’re coming from. I like to listen to others’ voices and let them talk. I started my career at Sing Tao Daily, a Chinese-language newspaper in Toronto, and currently cover the immigration beat at the Toronto Star.

Looking to mentor: Anyone interested in print operations, interview and reporting skills, beat reporting, covering immigration/diversity/social justice stories and work ethics.

 

OMAR MOUALLEM 

About: I’m a career-long freelance writer and journalist with experience in documentary filmmaking, podcasting, magazine editing, and nonfiction books. I'm a generalist with a specialized craft for narrative journalism and long-form features. I’ve worked for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, CBC and Wired, and teach the business of freelance writing at the University of Alberta. I also founded Pandemic University, a virtual school in support of writers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Looking to mentor: Journalists trying to build a freelance career; pivot to narrative nonfiction and feature writing; or author a commercial nonfiction book.

 

 

ROBYN SMITH  

About: I’ve been the editor in chief of The Tyee for five years. Before that I was managing editor, and before that I was an intern in the summer of 2010.

Looking to mentor: Early-career journalists interested in a pathway to editing. Also, those interested in independent media, or those wondering about managing their mental health in this industry.

ROSA HWANG 

About: I've worked in television news for over twenty years. I am currently the Executive Producer of CTV National News, Canada’s most-watched national newscast. In my role, I am also responsible for major network news specials for CTV.

Looking to mentor: TV journalists who are interested in eventually reporting, writing or producing at the national and international level.

 

SARAH COX 

About: I’m the B.C. investigative reporter for The Narwhal. I have almost 20 years of experience in print and on-line journalism as both a staff reporter and freelancer. My main passion is writing in-depth and investigative pieces about energy and environmental issues. I’m the author of the non-fiction book Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro.

Looking to mentor: Early career journalists interested in learning about investigative reporting through filing FOI and ATIP requests and finding other ways to tease out information in the public interest.

 

STEPHANIE HINDS 

About: I am currently a segment producer and lineup editor for CTV’s The Social. Prior to that, I spent the early morning hours getting national broadcasts like Your Morning and Canada AM on the air. I’ve also spent some time doing news writing with CTV News Channel and digital work with CTVNews.ca.

Looking to mentor: Anyone! People with questions on navigating the industry as a person of colour or covering stories related to race, ethnicity and marginalization. Early-career journalists who may be wondering how to juggle parenthood and work. Early-career journalists looking to transition between lifestyle journalism and hard news.

 

SUNAYA SAPURJI

About: I’m currently a senior editor at The Athletic Canada. I spent 10 years at the Toronto Star as an editor and sports reporter before joining Yahoo Sports. In 2018, I went to PyeongChang for the Winter Olympics as part of Canada’s Mission Team working in media relations and communications.

Looking to mentor: Early-career or aspiring BIPOC journalists interested in sports media. 

 

 

 

 

VALÉRIE OUELLET 

About: I’m a Senior Data Journalist with CBC/Radio-Canada in Toronto. My work involves using data science and coding to analyze big datasets and find exclusive stories, mostly focused on social justice, health and the criminal justice system. I’ve contributed to several national investigative projects, including The Implant Files (2018) and The Paradise Papers (2017).

Looking to mentor: Calling all nerds! Reporters and journalists interested in data analysis, especially women, trans and nonbinary journalists and those of you from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds. Early-career journalists looking to work in English and French or considering a transition from daily news to investigative reporting.


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Apply today!

CAJ members interested in applying for the program should fill out this application form by 5:00 pm ET Friday Feb.12.