For Journalism Professionals

Professional Development Support & Masterclasses

Are you a journalism professional, working for a news source in BC? Or maybe you’re a journalism educator in the province?

You could be eligible to receive a Professional Development Fellowship in order to take a course(s) to further your journalism career or receive funding to embark upon a self-defined project/area of study. Over the course of the year the Foundation also provides free masterclasses for those in the journalism industry to brush up on old, or learn new skills – just two ways the Foundation seeks to foster excellence in journalism. Check out the information below.

After completing Poynter’s Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism course in the summer, I quickly began applying all that I learned to my work. The course allowed me to collaborate with reporters and journalists across North America, hearing their thoughts and ideas on important topics – which ultimately led me to expand my mind on these topics. Poynter’s course also helped me better understand the impact of journalists’ work, and for that, I am forever grateful. Thank you again for this opportunity.

Ethan Morneau, Vista Radio, Campbell River, B.C.

Apply For a Fellowship

Apply for the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Journalism Fellowship announced by the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. (pictured right) which provides funding for journalists to invest the time and resources in producing in-depth coverage on topics of importance to British Columbians.

Short-Term Professional Development & Self-Defined Fellowship

Every year the Foundation offers working journalists and educators the opportunity to attend courses for short-term professional development, or to create a self-defined fellowship for other studies/research.

Attend Masterclasses

At various times in the year the Foundation holds masterclasses for working and student journalists, as well as for journalism educators and those involved in the profession.


Your support today makes a big difference and will help us continue the Jack Webster Foundation and celebrate excellence in journalism to protect the public interest for British Columbians.

Your donations go to support Student Journalism Awards, Professional Development Fellowships, free Masterclasses for journalists, journalism educators and students, and to support the costs of funding the annual Webster Awards.

As the Jack Webster Foundation is a registered Canadian charity, tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more. Should you wish to make your donation by cheque, please contact us by sending an email at [email protected].