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The Canadian Association of Journalists's mentorship program pairs early-career CAJ members with established professionals working in radio, television, digital, and print publications across the country.

The following 16 mentors are among the top journalists in the country. They have kindly committed one hour of their time every week for six weeks. The program is a pilot mentorship project that forms part of the professional development offerings the CAJ provides for members. Details on areas of expertise and the type of mentee each established journalist is looking for are below. 

Early-career CAJ members interested in applying for the program should fill out this application form by 5:00 pm ET Friday August 28. French application form here

If you are not a CAJ member and the cost of membership would prohibit you from applying to the mentorship program, please send us an email at [email protected] to be considered for a membership dues bursary to cover part or all of membership fees. Please note the CAJ offers a reduced membership rate for students, low-income journalists and first-time members.

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Le programme de mentorat de l’Association canadienne des journalistes met en lien des membres de la CAJ en début de carrière et des professionnels établis du monde de la radio, de la télévision, du numérique et de l’imprimé partout au pays. 

Les 16 mentors présentés ici font partie des meilleurs journalistes au pays. Ils et elles ont gentiment accepté de donner une heure de leur temps chaque semaine pendant six semaines. Le programme est un projet pilote de mentorat qui s’inscrit dans l’offre de développement professionnel que la CAJ propose à ses membres. Les détails quant aux champs d’expertise et aux types de personnes que les mentors recherchent sont présentés plus bas. 

Les membres du CAJ en début de carrière et intéressés à postuler au programme sont invités à remplir ce formulaire avant le vendredi 28 août 17h00 (EST). 

Si vous n'êtes pas membre de la CAJ et que le coût de l'adhésion vous empêcherait de postuler au programme de mentorat, envoyez-nous un courriel à [email protected] afin d'être considéré pour une bourse destinée à couvrir une partie ou la totalité des frais d'adhésion. Veuillez noter que la CAJ offre un tarif d'adhésion réduit pour les étudiants, les journalistes à faible revenu et les nouveaux membres.

2020 MENTORShip roster

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.

ANDREE LAU

About: I am the managing editor of digital news for CBC. I spent eight years at HuffPost Canada, where I was editor-in-chief in 2017-2020. Before that, I worked for CBC for 13 years as a TV reporter, producer, editor, video journalist and web reporter in New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and B.C. I have also been a freelance food writer for various publications, and a TV reporter for CTV Ottawa.

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

ARIF NOORANI

About: I'm the Executive Producer and co-founder of CBC Podcasts. I've helped create dozens of award-winning shows in my 20-plus-year career, including The Current and Day 6. I've also helped create many podcast series, including Uncover, Someone Knows Something, Hunting Warhead, Party Lines, Front Burner, Tai Asks Why, Love Me, Alone, Other People’s Problems and Personal Best. I'm passionate about creating vital contemporary programs that reflect the vibrant and diverse nature of our world and have always worked at the intersections of radio, podcasting and video with the goal of reaching Canadian as well as global audiences.

Looking to mentor: Early-career journalists who are driven to grow and make exceptional content across genres. I am equally versed in current affairs and investigative, to culture and society.

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 doc on gay conversion therapy in Quebec, a film on a problematic canadian gold mine in Kyrgyzstan and a podcast series about a man accused of conning 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.

*Bilingual*

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.

EMMA GILCHRIST

About: I'm editor-in-chief and executive director of The Narwhal, a non-profit online magazine that publishes in-depth and investigative journalism about Canada's natural world. Before co-founding The Narwhal, I worked at newspapers and magazines in the U.K. and Canada, including the Calgary Herald. I also spent four years in the non-profit sector, where I learned how to fundraise.

Looking to mentor: Early-career journalists interested in new business models for news and/or reporting on environmental justice issues.

FRANCES BULA

About: I've been a journalist for 37 years and, for the last 25, mainly covered urban issues and city politics. I started at community newspapers, later at the Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette and now at the Globe and Mail. I currently work as a freelancer for the Globe, Radio Canada, BCBusiness magazine, Literary Review of Canada, Sightline and Vancouver magazine. I'm enjoying the new social-media aspect and have 20,000 Twitter followers. As well, I've taught at three different journalism programs and am currently at UBC.

Looking to mentor: Anyone trying to make it in journalism, but especially if they are interested in the areas I specialize in: urban issues, housing and research strategies.

*Bilingual*

FRANCINE COMPTON

About: I’m the Executive Producer of APTN National News and I volunteer on the boards of the Native American Journalists Association and World Press Freedom Canada. My interest in journalism started at an early age, after seeing my first studio and newsroom in kindergarten. I started at APTN in 2000 and helped develop the network’s first investigative unit in 2009. I moved to Ottawa, Ont., in 2016 to helm the Parliamentary Bureau and APTN’s political show Nation to Nation.

Looking to mentor: Early-career journalists with an interest in television reporting.

JESSE WINTER

About: I’m a freelance visual journalist with a focus on social justice, the environment and government accountability. I most recently spent three years working for the Toronto Star/the Star Vancouver. I’m a graduate of Langara College and Carleton University’s Master of Journalism programs, where I completed a research project on restitution agreements for oil pollution in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. I started my career in Canada’s North, first as the sports reporter/photographer/editor for the Yellowknifer and News North chain, and then as a reporter/photographer for the Yukon News. My work has appeared in the Guardian, Reuters Pictures, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post and other newspapers and magazines.

Looking to mentor: Early-career journalists with a demonstrated interested in visual storytelling, combining original reporting, writing and photography.

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.

LISA LAFLAMME 

About: As chief news anchor and senior editor of CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme since 2011, Lisa LaFlamme leads the country’s #1 newscast. Prior to assuming the anchor chair in 2011, LaFlamme spent more than a decade on the road as the CTV News national affairs correspondent, travelling to some of the world’s most dangerous locations to cover everything from wars to elections to natural disasters. She has covered major world events from the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to the inauguration of Donald Trump from Washington, D.C., in January 2017 and the aftermath of the coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris in 2015.

Looking to mentor: A young female broadcaster.

*Bilingual*

MIKE DE SOUZA

ABOUT: Mike De Souza is an award-winning investigative journalist at Global News. He has 20 years of experience in television, radio, print and online journalism at multiple media outlets in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary. He often builds exclusive investigations around secret or hidden documents.

Looking to mentor: Early-career journalists looking to investigate through FOIs/ATIPs and eager to learn about how to ask effective questions that allow them to uncover critical information.

*Bilingual*

NICK TAYLOR-VAISEY

About: I'm currently an associate editor at Maclean's, where I report on federal politics and assorted quirky Canadian ephemera and also work on the digital desk. I served a three-year term as president of the CAJ and once worked for a community journalism startup called OpenFile.

Looking to mentor: Early-career introverted journalists who want to learn more about access-to-information reporting, data journalism and productive reader engagement in the nasty world of social media.

OMAYRA ISSA

About: I am a bilingual journalist and news presenter with Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada. I work across a wide range of media platforms. I cover breaking news, write long format in-depth immersive stories and investigate a wide range of stories. I have been a guest host on CBC national program Now or Never. I am currently leading a national initiative on diversity and inclusion at Radio-Canada.

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

*Bilingual*

PAUL WELLS

About: I'm a senior writer at Maclean's magazine. I've written political columns for 23 years, and I've been a political reporter for longer, at Maclean's, the National Post and the Montreal Gazette. I'm the author of two books about Canadian politics.

Looking to mentor: Young reporters who think I could help.

*Bilingual*

SHIREEN AHMED

About: Ten years in sports writing and three in podcasting. I am a freelance sports journalist (never worked in a newsroom) with bylines in TIME, TSN, Sports Illustrated, Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and more. I am invited to NASH regularly to speak on sports journalism. I am an industry expert on Muslim women in sports and issues of race and gender in sports. 

Looking to mentor: Aspiring BIPOC sports journalists interested in multiplatform sports and culture journalism.

*Bilingual*

   

Apply today!

Early-career CAJ members interested in applying for the program should fill out this application form by 5:00 pm ET Friday August 28.

Les membres du CAJ en début de carrière et intéressés à postuler au programme sont invités à remplir ce formulaire avant le vendredi 28 août 17h00 (EST).