OTTAWA, March 9, 2021 /CNW/ —The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is thrilled to announce the launch of our Spring 2023 Mentorship Program. 

Since launching in August 2020, the CAJ Mentorship Program has been thrilled to include some of the best journalists working in radio, television, digital, and print publications across the country. Each has signed on voluntarily to donate their time. 

“The CAJ Mentorship Program has provided invaluable guidance, training, and professional development to hundreds of its early and mid-career members,” said CAJ president Brent Jolly. “We’ve seen how this program has provided a ‘hand-up’ to so many young journalists who are looking to find their place in an industry continually experiencing challenge and change.” 

In keeping with the CAJ’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, half of the mentors for this mentorship round are women and half are journalists of colour. 

The spring 2023 roster of mentors includes:

  • Ashley Wadhwani-Smith, head of editorial, Black Press Media
  • Arshy Mann, host and producer, COMMONS/Canadaland
  • Candace Maracle, filmmaker and journalist
  • Carlos Osorio, freelance photojournalist
  • Carol Linnitt, executive editor and co-founder, The Narwhal
  • Cecil Rosner, investigative journalist and adjunct professor, University of Winnipeg
  • Chris Bilton, climate change and sustainability editor, The Weather Network
  • Cole Burston, freelance photojournalist 
  • David Reevely, Ottawa correspondent, The Logic
  • Dennis Ward, host/producer, APTN National News and Face to Face 
  • Donnovan Bennett, host, Sportsnet
  • Elizabeth Renzetti, author and journalist
  • Geneviève Beauchemin, Quebec Bureau Chief, CTV National News
  • Jason Chiu, visual editor/creative director, Headway/The New York Times
  • Jimmy Thomson, freelance journalist, editor and teacher
  • Judy Trinh, Ottawa correspondent, CTV National News
  • Ka’nhehsí:io Deer, reporter, CBC Indigenous
  • Kareem Shaheen, founding editor, New Lines Magazine
  • Katie Simpson, senior foreign correspondent, CBC News
  • Katrina Clarke, investigative reporter, Winnipeg Free Press
  • Lindsay Jones, Atlantic reporter, The Globe and Mail
  • Michael Lista, investigative journalist, essayist and poet
  • Molly Hayes, national reporter, The Globe and Mail
  • Molly Thomas, investigative correspondent, CTV W5
  • Nana aba Duncan, Carty Chair in Journalism, Diversity and Inclusion Studies at Carleton University and co-founder, Media Girlfriends
  • Patrick White, national correspondent, The Globe and Mail
  • Piya Chattopadhyay, host, CBC Radio’s The Sunday Magazine
  • Sam Cooper, investigative reporter, Global News
  • Shalu Mehta, editorial lead, The Discourse Cowichan
  • Thibault Jourdan, digital producer, Radio-Canada

In addition to this round, the CAJ will be running its mentorship program, again, in Fall 2023. Applicants must be current CAJ members. Not already a CAJ member? We can fix that.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m ET on Tuesday, March 28. Our mentorship program website page includes full details on the program, including mentor bios and the application form.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with more than 1,300 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


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