Postmedia Network Presents Jessica Barrett with the 2013 Michelle Lang
Fellowship in Journalism
TORONTO -- August 28, 2013
Postmedia Network is pleased to announce that Jessica Barrett is the recipient
of the 2013 Michelle Lang Fellowship in Journalism.
With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University and a Journalism
certificate from Langara College, Jessica previously held reporting and
editing roles at The Vancouver Sun, WE Vancouver and North Shore News (North
Vancouver). Still in the early stages of her career, Jessica has received a
number of awards for her work including the award for Best Feature from the
Canadian Community Newspapers Association in 2012.
“We are excited to welcome Jessica to our team in September,” said Lorne
Motley, Editor-in-Chief, Calgary Herald. “The Fellowship offers aspiring and
talented reporters such as Jessica the opportunity to work alongside
Postmedia’s award-winning journalists and continues to celebrate Michelle
Lang’s passion for reporting.”
Michelle Lang, an award-winning Calgary Herald journalist, lost her life in
December 2009 while on assignment for Canwest News Service in Kandahar,
Afghanistan. She was the first Canadian journalist killed while reporting on
Jessica is the fourth recipient of this esteemed Fellowship which began in
2010. As part of the Fellowship’s special project chosen by the recipient,
Jessica has chosen to pursue a story on Canada’s changing work force, job
market and economy. Jessica will spend six months working at Postmedia News in
Ottawa before spending the last six months of the Fellowship working at the
“Being chosen as the recipient of this prestigious Fellowship is a great
honour,” said Jessica Barrett. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work
alongside the remarkable journalists at the Herald and Postmedia News while
continuing to hone my reporting skills.”
The Michelle Lang Fellowship in Journalism is a national program designed to
encourage a recent Canadian university graduate, from any discipline, to apply
his or her passion for writing and interest in current events. The Fellowship
includes a salary for the year, plus funding for a special project, as chosen
by the fellow, on a topic of social significance inspired by Michelle’s own
portfolio of work. Funding for the Fellowship is provided by the Calgary
Herald and Postmedia News, as well as the Michelle Lang Trust, with the
Fellow’s special project funded exclusively by the Michelle Lang Trust.
About the Calgary Herald
The Calgary Herald Mining and Ranche Advocate and General Advertiser began
publishing as a weekly newspaper on August 31, 1883 when Calgary’s population
was just 400 people. Since then, the Calgary Herald has chronicled the
evolution of this vibrant, enterprising city and the world we live in.
Community is at the heart of what the Herald does every day with initiatives
such as the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund, our annual Raise-a-Reader literacy
campaign, and the recent Sandy Beach Riverbank Rescue Project. The Herald also
lends support to the many individuals, organizations and charities that
perform admirable work on the community’s behalf. Together we share a common
goal to make Calgary the best place to live, work and play.
About Postmedia Network Inc.
Postmedia Network Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Postmedia Network Canada
Corp. (TSX:PNC.A, PNC.B), is the largest publisher by circulation of paid
English-language daily newspapers in Canada, representing some of the
country’s oldest and best known media brands. Reaching millions of Canadians
every week, Postmedia Network engages readers and offers advertisers and
marketers integrated solutions to effectively reach target audiences through a
variety of print, online, digital, and mobile platforms.
Lorne Motley, (403) 235-7546
Phyllise Gelfand, (416) 442-2936
Vice President, Communications
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