TORONTO, ON., July 12, 2022/CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce the launch of the Summer 2022 edition of its popular mentorship program.

Twenty-eight top Canadian journalists working in radio, television, digital, and print publications from across the country have stepped up to donate their time to mentor early – and mid-career CAJ members.

“Our mentorship program has demonstrated strength and unity in the CAJ community,” said CAJ president Brent Jolly. “Born during the depths of the pandemic, the CAJ mentorship program is an enduring beacon of hope and opportunity for journalists looking to take the ‘next steps’ in their careers. It is unquestionably one of the premier professional development opportunities available in Canada journalism today.”

In keeping with the CAJ’s efforts to advance equity and inclusion, more than 60 per cent of the mentors for this round are women, and half are journalists of colour.

The full roster of mentors for this round is:

  • Alison Uncles – Freelance editor
  • Alyshah Hasham – Courts and justice system issues reporter, The Toronto Star
  • Angie Seth – News anchor and reporter, CTV News Channel
  • Anna Mehler Paperny – Reporter, Reuters
  • Arif Noorani – Director, CBC Podcasts
  • Charelle Evelyn – Managing editor, The Hill Times
  • Chris Hall – Former host of The House, CBC News
  • Christina Frangou – Freelance journalist
  • Craig Wilson – Senior broadcast producer, CBS Evening News
  • Daniele Hamamdjian – International correspondent, CTV National News
  • Fred Lum – Photojournalist, The Globe and Mail
  • Ian Young – B.C. and Yukon bureau chief for The Canadian Press
  • Jacob Boon – Newsletter editor, The Tyee
  • Jagjeet Sharma – Freelance journalist
  • Jessica deMello – Freelance producer/consultant
  • Jim Rankin – Investigative reporter and photographer, The Toronto Star
  • Joanna Smith – Ottawa bureau chief, The Canadian Press
  • Kathleen Martens – Senior online reporter, APTN
  • Kim Bolan – Reporter, The Vancouver Sun
  • Malcolm Johnston – Editor-in-chief, Toronto Life
  • Nathan Griffiths – Graphics and data journalist, The Vancouver Sun/Province
  • Rachel Ward – Investigative journalist, CBC/The Fifth Estate
  • Roberto Rocha – Data reporter, Investigative Journalism Foundation
  • Simran Singh – Managing editor, Burnaby Beacon
  • Stacy Lee Kong – Writer, editor, founder of Friday Things newsletter
  • Tori Marlan – Narrative and investigative reporter, Chicago Reader/Capital Daily
  • Tracey Lindeman – Freelance journalist
  • Willow Fiddler – National reporter, The Globe and Mail

The deadline for applications to this round of the mentorship program are due at 5:00 pm ET on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2022. For full details on the program, visit our mentorship website page, including mentor bios and the application form.

The CAJ’s mentorship program is only open to members of the association in good standing. If you aren’t already a CAJ member, we can fix that. Successful applicants will meet with a mentor for one hour per week over the course of the six week program. The CAJ will be running the next round of its mentorship program in Winter 2022/2023.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with more than 1200 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;

Our thanks to Cision for sponsoring this announcement.


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