The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to welcome Scott Duke-Giles, Poornima Francis and Yumna Iftikhar to the team and will work with the CAJ as post-secondary student interns for the winter semester.

Duke-Giles, Francis and Iftikhar will help produce engaging promotional materials, aid in communications efforts of the organization and will assist the conference committee with planning and delivery of the CAJ’s upcoming national conference and awards gala. 

Scott Duke-Giles is a British-Canadian first year Master of Journalism student at the University of British Columbia. He is from North London and finds himself living in Canada for the first time, although he has visited the country frequently. Scott has written on a breadth of topics in his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, such as environmental issues, music, sport and politics. He is a long-suffering fan of Tottenham Hotspur and enjoys going to live music events in his spare time. His Twitter handle is: @sdukegiles 

Poornima Francis is a multimedia journalist and filmmaker with a special interest in minority and diversity issues. She is currently pursuing a Master of Journalism degree at the University of British Columbia. Her upbringing in multiple cultures has shaped her hybrid lens through which she hopes to tell impacting stories. She is currently fascinated by the evolving nature of stories of resistance in an increasingly polarized world. You can visit her on her website.

Yumna Iftikhar is a Pakistani-Canadian journalist, hailing from St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is a first-year Master of Journalism student at Carleton University. Yumna is interested in covering  disability stories, federal politics and international affairs. When not chasing stories, she writes film scripts for fun. You can find her on Twitter @yumnaifti

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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