As the Investintech-CAJ journalism scholarship ends each year, we’re always impressed by the data-driven stories being submitted. The journalism talent and quality of work seen from college and university students continues to grow. And this year is no exception as we announce the 2023-2024 winner.

The Selection Jury has reviewed the eligible submissions and, after careful consideration, selected a recipient for the fifth annual Investintech – CAJ Journalism Scholarship.

We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of the scholarship this year is:

Sonia Persaud

Congratulations, Sonia!

Sonia is a student at Western University in London, Ontario, working towards a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience.

Her winning submission, What 650 syllabi show about Western’s ChatGPT response,  showcases an effective combination of data visualizations and storytelling. It takes an in-depth look at the inclusion of ChatGPT in post-secondary academics, highlighting the evolving role of AI technology in higher education and its impact on teaching practices, assessment, and learning.

Sonia will receive the scholarship award, which includes the $1,000 CAD cash prize to help with her tuition fees, a free one-year CAJ membership, and a pass to the CAJ National Annual Conference in Toronto from May 31st – June 1st.

Of course, the scholarship and its awards are only possible with the amazing partners we’ve worked with.

We’d first like to extend our gratitude to the Investintech. Their generous sponsorship of this scholarship and running of this program has been invaluable to all those who’ve participated. We’re honored to have partnered with them again this year.

A heartfelt thank you also goes out to the dedicated jury members – David McKie, Chad Skelton, and Valerie Ouellet, who volunteered their time and expertise to review the submissions and select the recipient. Their dedication and experience always ensure a thorough evaluation process, holding our scholarship up to Canadian journalistic standards.

And lastly, but certainly not least, a thank you to all the students who submitted their work for consideration. We applaud your passion, creativity, and dedication. Your work towards a career in journalism has certainly caught our eye. We hope you all apply for the scholarship again next year to showcase your growth and development as a budding journalist.

In the meantime, keep checking our scholarship page for the next open call for submissions for 2024-2025. Stay tuned!

The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

For further information: Brent Jolly, president, Canadian Association of Journalists, brent@caj.ca

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