Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Journalism Fellowship Past Awardees

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.

Francesca Fionda
Francesca Fionda to produce a long-form piece of journalism for The Tyee looking at climate displacement

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.


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