The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to welcome Hilena Demelie, Arjun Panchadar and Claire Hutcheon on board as the CAJ post-secondary student interns for the Winter 2024 semester.

Demelie, Panchadar and Hutcheon will help further the CAJ’s advocacy, and aid in communication and program delivery. 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.

Hilena Demelie is in her third year of studying Law at the University of Ottawa. She is the co-president of the Black Law Students’ Association University of Ottawa Chapter. Before starting law school, she attended the University of Waterloo to obtain an undergraduate degree. Hilena hopes to pursue a legal career in tech and business.

Arjun Panchadar is an Indian journalist and editor who has previous experience working in the media industry, having been a part of the Thomas Reuters organization for nearly three years as a financial and sports correspondent. He was born in Saudi Arabia and did his initial schooling in the Middle East before moving to his home country of India to pursue his bachelor’s degree. He loves writing, playing any kind of sport and stand-up comedy. Arjun is currently a second year Master of Journalism student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He looks forward to being involved with the CAJ and their varied initiatives to gain a better understanding of the Canadian media landscape.

Claire Hutcheon is a fourth-year journalism student studying at Carleton University. Claire’s reporting can be seen across various publications including: The National Post, The Glebe Report, The Charlatan, Capital Current, and HerCampus. Her passions lie in sparking change through her work as a journalist and inspiring social change through her work as an activist. Claire’s long-term goals involve creating a positive change through the stories she reports on. Claire hopes to create diverse content and advocate for communities by amplifying the range of voice in the media.

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,

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