The Walrus announced that the organization is accepting applications for the Justice Fund Writing Residency for Emerging Black Journalists. This is the first residency program exclusively for emerging writers who identify as Black at The Walrus, a non-profit with an educational mandate. The writing residency is supported by Justice Fund Toronto. Applications are open until Sep. 4, 2021.
“Canada is fortunate to have an abundance of young talented Black journalists, but they have been ignored by the greater Canadian media industry—which has not prioritized Black communities’ perspective and/or voices. Thanks to the leadership provided by The Walrus team, we’re excited to support the Justice Fund Writing Residency for Emerging Black Journalists and call on the greater philanthropic community to support the non-profit media landscape and ensure diverse voices have the opportunity to be heard,” Yonis Hassan, CEO and Co-Founder Justice Fund Toronto.
The six-month program is a paid, writing-focused opportunity for early career storytellers with at least three years of journalism or related experience. The selected candidate will be mentored by The Walrus editors and will have the opportunity to work on a story for publication.
“We are excited to partner with Justice Fund Toronto to launch this new program,” said Jennifer Hollett, Executive Director of The Walrus. “This is a paid opportunity for an early career Black journalist to join The Walrus in residence and receive both mentorship and the time and space to focus on research and writing.”
The residency starts on Nov. 15, 2021, and runs for six months. Applicants are encouraged to send their resumes and pitches online to apply.