Announcing the Inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s B.C.
Journalism Fellowship Recipient’s work is now Published
Discover the first of Ms. Fionda’s series on the displacement of British Columbians due to climate disasters and what it means for our future.
- April 3, 2023 – Bracing for Disasters | The Tyee
- April 3, 2023 – ‘A Major Gap’ in BC’s Disaster Evacuation Support | The Tyee
- April 3, 2023 – How We Crunched the Data on Disaster Survivors | The Tyee
- April 10, 2023 – What I Saved from the Disaster | The Tyee
- April 20, 2023 – Surviving Disaster Is Just the First Hurdle | The Tyee
- May 15, 2023 – How You Can Be Ready for the Next Disaster | The Tyee
- May 15, 2023 – Survivors of Climate Disasters, in Their Own Words | The Tyee
- A series of 11 personal accounts of surviving a climate disaster in BC, published in partnership with UVic’s Climate Disaster Project. Eight profiles were published between May 15 – June 2 with three more expected.
- June 5, 2023 – What Climate Disaster Survivors Need to Heal Their Minds | The Tyee
- And the final instalment: Fifteen Lessons from “Bracing for Disasters”
In the spirit of supporting a healthy democracy with a thriving journalistic community, the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, with the support of the Government House Foundation and in partnership with the Jack Webster Foundation, is pleased to announce the first recipient of the new Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Journalism Fellowship is Francesca Fionda, an experienced and award-winning investigative/data journalist, and journalism instructor/adjunct professor. The fellowship was offered and designed to afford a working journalist the opportunity to develop a well substantiated, long-form piece of journalism to shed light on a subject of importance to British Columbians.
Ms. Fionda has been awarded $25,000 to produce a long-form piece of journalism that will explore the gaps in support for evacuees of disasters in British Columbia. In a series of stories, she investigated this issue and aspects that have not been deeply covered. The findings of this investigation could have major impacts on preparedness and planning for people in B.C. displaced by disasters that are now occurring far too often. The Tyee has committed to publishing Ms. Fionda’s work and the first installment can be found here.