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The Michelle Lang Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Michelle Lang Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a promising journalist at the beginning of their career to grow their skills in the profession and bolster their experience with a full year working at two of Canada’s busiest newsrooms.

Dividing the year between stints working for the National Post and the Calgary newsroom of Postmedia, which produces the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun, the Fellow will learn first-hand about the differences in reporting for a major metro market and for a national audience. The Fellow will work with editors and their reporting will be delivered to the biggest audience in the country through the Postmedia network.

The successful applicant will also select and deliver a special project on a topic of primary importance to Canadians. Topics explored by past Fellows have included: a searchable database of Canadian political campaign donations, the impacts of lack of internet access on children’s education in rural and low-income communities and Canada’s changing workforce. Creativity in storytelling and a dogged approach to covering their topic throughout the year are key.

This paid Fellowship is open to applicants from any educational background and would be a fit for those with a commitment to journalism and a love of storytelling in all forms, strong writing and communication skills, a natural curiosity and desire to effect change through journalism and an ability to work well with colleagues.

Applications are currently closed.

The Michelle Lang Fellowship was created in her honour to support and encourage the next generation of journalists and to further her proud legacy of investigative and human-interest journalism. To learn more about Michelle Lang’s life and career – along with a selection of some of the special project work by previous Michelle Lang Fellows – please click .

Michelle Lang was an award-winning Calgary Herald journalist who was killed on December 30, 2009, along with four Canadian soldiers while covering the Canadian military’s operations in Afghanistan. She was the only Canadian journalist killed while reporting on the Afghan war.

Michelle Lang’s award-winning journalism probed politicians, highlighted injustices, explored solutions to health care problems and told the stories of ordinary Canadians in extraordinary circumstances.