The Gordon Sinclair Roving Reporter Bursary supports a research and reporting trip by an early career Canadian journalist who has recently graduated from one of Canada’s university-level journalism programs. The purpose of the $15,000 bursary is to encourage a young journalist to get off the beaten track and to spend a considerable period away on a reporting assignment —a minimum of six weeks. The successful applicant will outline a proposal to travel abroad or to a region of Canada that is not usually well covered by the media and to research and then prepare a substantial body of journalistic work on an important issue.
A key element of the bursary is journalistic mentorship for the successful candidate and some assistance with preparations for the research trip. As part of an agreement with Sinclair’s two former employers – the Toronto Star and the CBC – the winner of the award is linked with an editor or senior journalist at either The Star or the CBC in advance of the research trip to seek out advice on the project. In addition, the Sinclair Foundation will facilitate a pre-departure orientation exercise to help the bursary winner deal with cultural adaptation and such logistics as travel arrangements, insurance and medical needs. Finally, the Star or the CBC will consider the journalistic output of the research trip for broadcast or publication.
Journalists who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who graduated from a university-level journalism program in the past five years are eligible to apply for the Gordon Sinclair Roving Reporter Bursary. Journalism students who are in their graduating year are eligible to apply for the bursary, but must demonstrate that they are eligible to graduate this June. The purpose of the $15,000 bursary is to encourage an early career journalist to get off the beaten track and to spend a considerable period away on a reporting assignment – a minimum of six weeks. Applicants must outline a proposal to travel abroad or to a region of Canada that is not usually well covered by the media and to research and then prepare a substantial body of journalistic work on an important issue. Applicants who work full-time with a media organization must include a letter from an editor who is in a position to guarantee that a leave of absence of a minimum of six weeks would be granted for the applicant to take up the reporting trip if selected for the bursary.
The deadline for applications is Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Last year’s bursary winner, Katrina Clarke, reported from two continents, filing multiple dispatches to the CBC, Toronto Star and Daily Gleaner, detailing how different approaches to Indigenous education are helping students cross cultural divides.