This year’s fellowship will explore journalism during COVID-19 and look forward with strategies for media workers to adapt in a post-pandemic world

J-Source is pleased to announce we are working with Emma Buchanan as the 2021 CWA Canada/J-Source reporting fellow. 

Over the course of the fellowship and resulting series, Emma will dive into how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected journalists and their audiences in Canada, and brings with her a keen interest in exploring the intersection of policy and labour.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with J-Source on these critical topics and contribute to building back a fairer industry in the post-pandemic world,” said Buchanan.

Her work during the course of the fellowship will seek to provide insights and outline solutions-oriented paths forward for newsrooms and workers.

She previously worked as the writer/researcher for the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst at X University, where she is graduating with a degree in journalism, and was a  features editor for New Wave Magazine as well as contributor to the Eyeopener. 

Emma’s continued areas of interest include technology, communities and the arts, with a particular focus on policy and equity.

“We are delighted to welcome Emma as a member of our team for this fellowship opportunity,” said J-Source editor-in-chief Sonya Fatah. “Emma will employ her reporting experience, as well as her critical observation and analytical skills, to develop an important series of articles, which will grow our knowledge of pandemic-related impacts on journalism. We look forward to publishing her work.”

Funding is provided at arm’s-length by CWA Canada. J-Source retains full editorial control of the fellowship and resulting work. 

Emma is the third recipient of this fellowship. Previous recipients were Sabrina Wilkinson, who led the Gender Diversity Survey, and Abdullah Shihipar, who investigated journalist-driven solutions to media challenges.

“CWA Canada is incredibly proud of our ongoing partnership with J-Source,” said CWA Canada associate membership co-ordinator Nasr Ahmed. “From creating new opportunities for emerging media workers to publishing material written by often under-represented viewpoints, J-Source serves a vital role in the Canadian media landscape.

“As Canada’s only all-media union, CWA Canada strives to forge relationships with groups and organizations that will further the interests of media workers around the country. We hope to continue working on these goals with J-Source for years to come.”

“We thank CWA for its continued support for this third reporting fellowship and look forward to a continued partnership,” said J-Source publisher Christopher Waddell. 

Emma can be contacted on Twitter at @emmabuchanan_ and by email.