The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to welcome Michaela de Groot, Nathan Fung, Zoey Phillips, and Farida Nekzad on board as the CAJ post-secondary student interns for the Fall 2023 semester.

de Groot, Fung, Phillips and Nekzad will help further the CAJ’s advocacy, aid in communication and program delivery, and work on the CAJ’s annual diversity survey report. Beyond working for the CAJ’s various committees, they will also get the chance to work with a network of some of Canada’s most esteemed journalists and access invaluable mentorship.

Michaela de Groot is in her third year of studying Common Law at the University of Ottawa. She has a background in business, psychology, public relations, and event coordination. While at law school, Michaela explores a passion for technology issues and policy and is looking forward to working with the CAJ over the next few months.

Nathan Fung is a multimedia journalist with a strong interest in politics and government at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. He is working on a Master of Journalism at Carleton University and has previously worked for Taproot Edmonton, Global News Parliamentary Bureau, and CBC Edmonton. You can usually find him spending way too much time on X, formerly Twitter, at @FungNathan_K.

Zoey Phillips is a third-year Political Science student at St.FX with an interest in journalism and foreign affairs. She is an Editor of the Xaverian Weekly and is passionate about writing on the conflict in Israel-Palestine. Last spring, she even got the chance to study the conflict firsthand with an endowment from the Tenenbaum Foundation.

Farida Nekzad was among the journalists and human rights defenders who fled Afghanistan after the Taliban took power in 2021. Nekzad is a veteran Afghan journalist who was the founder and director of the Centre for the Protection of Afghan Women Journalists and winner of a few international awards. Earlier in her career, she was the managing editor of Pajhwok Afghan News Agency, one of the country’s largest independent news agencies. After arriving in Canada, she took up a position in December 2021 as a Journalist-in-Residence at Carleton University, School of Journalism and Communication.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with 1300 members across Canada. The CAJ’s primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.

For more information contact:
Brent Jolly, CAJ president – 289-387-3179,


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