Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Journalism Fellowship

With the support of the Government House Foundation and in partnership with the Jack Webster Foundation

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Presented by Her Honour, the Honourable Janet Austin,
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

In the spirit of supporting a heathy democracy with a thriving journalistic community, this fellowship will encourage the development and support of local journalists in British Columbia.

It is often the dream of many journalists to have the time and other resources to produce in-depth coverage of important issues. However, budget cutbacks have become a reality for most newsrooms and deep-dive journalism requires significant resources. The Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Journalism Fellowship will provide funding to journalists so they can invest the time and other resources in producing excellent in-depth coverage of important topics. The objective is to encourage and enable journalists to go above and beyond their typical level of coverage so that many of the crucial challenges we face today are no longer under-reported and receive deep, complex storytelling to better inform the citizens of British Columbia.

Each year, beginning in 2022, for three years, journalists from various stages of their careers (emerging or experienced) will receive a monetary award to spend up to 4 months to research, produce and publish/broadcast their project supported by a committed publishing/broadcast partner.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible Work

  • The fellowship is focussed on British Columbia public interest journalism that takes a deep-dive into a subject that is under-reported or may fill a knowledge gap on a matter of significance to the people of British Columbia.
  • The topic will be of complexity that requires well substantiated storytelling to support a better-informed public.  
  • The subject matter must be clearly tied to British Columbia, its people/communities.
  • The journalism produced may be of written content for print or digital publishing or may be multimedia such as a video and/or podcast.

Who is Eligible?

  • B.C.-based journalists with a minimum of three years of experience in various stages of their career are eligible for the fellowship.
  • You must be a working journalist, full time or freelance.  
  • Teams of journalists may also apply.
  • You must have a letter of support from a publishing source which confirms to publish/broadcast the work upon its completion.
  • If you are a full-time working journalist you must have a letter of support from your employer stating that you may have the requisite time/time-off (2 to 4 months) to work on this project.
    THE AWARD

    The Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Journalism Fellowship will offer up to $25,000 each year, over three years, starting in 2022.  Each year an eligible journalist or journalists will receive the funds to spend 2 – 4 months to research, produce/write a deep-dive journalism project of significance to British Columbians and have it published/broadcasted by a committed publishing source.  

    About the Funding of the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Journalism Fellowship

    The Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Journalism Fellowship has been made possible with the financial support of private donors through the Government House Foundation and in partnership with the Jack Webster Foundation.  

    About the Government House Foundation

    The Government House Foundation was created to foster the preservation of Government House and its grounds; to enhance its decor, character, maintenance, historical and cultural values; and to provide funding for the Lieutenant Governor’s programs and awards that have a positive impact province-wide. All funds raised are from private donors, not government funds.

    Programs that have been funded by Government House Foundation include honours such as the British Columbia Reconciliation Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and others. Funding also sustains the Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Advisory Council, and the youth-focused Stewards of the Future program that encourages ecological awareness.

    Costs covered by this Fellowship

    Costs that are covered by this fellowship may include:

    -travel costs, if necessary and as specified and detailed in the project proposal including the costs of travel (air/train/car), ground transfers/local transportation, baggage costs, hotel costs and a per diem of $50 per day for meals and other incidentals.

    -research costs, as specified and detailed in the project proposal and may also include costs to offset any salary loss if time off is required in order to research/write/complete this project.

    -production costs, if necessary and as specified and detailed in the project proposal to cover costs for necessary studio or video/audio processing costs in order to complete the project.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Fill out the online application form once the call for submissions opens in January.

    For more information please contact: 

    [email protected] or call the Jack Webster Foundation at 604-603-4218.