By: Press Release | Postmedia Network
Postmedia Network is pleased to announce Dylan Robertson as the recipient of the 2015 Michelle Lang Fellowship in Journalism.
Dylan is the fifth recipient of this esteemed fellowship, which began in 2010. As part of the fellowship’s special project chosen by the recipient, Dylan will investigate the causes, solutions and implications of homegrown terrorism. He will spend six months working at the parliamentary bureau based at the Ottawa Citizen, followed by an additional six months at the Calgary Herald.
Dylan is currently an intern reporter at the Calgary Herald and has held reporting and editing roles at several newspapers including Metro News Canada (Toronto), the Toronto Star, The Toronto Observer, The Gazette (Montreal) and The Varsity (University of Toronto).
“We are honored to expand Dylan’s work at the Herald with an opportunity to research and explore homegrown terrorism elements within our country – a timely and incredibly important area. It aligns perfectly with the fellowship’s goal of informing Calgarians and Canadians about socially significant topics,” said Lorne Motley, Calgary Herald editor.
With an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and French from the University of Toronto, an understanding of global politics and macroeconomics, and knowledge of six languages – English, French, Arabic, Italian, Japanese and German – Dylan is well suited for his role.
“Earning the fellowship means a great deal to me,” says Dylan. “It gives me an opportunity to continue my role at the Herald, gain insights from Herald and Postmedia journalists, and further Michelle Lang’s efforts to develop and share stories that matter to all Canadians,” he adds.
Dylan was a finalist for the Canadian Association of Journalists/Canada News Wire Student Award of Excellence in 2011 and earned a Canadian Community Newspapers Award (Third Place) for Best Campus News Story in 2011.
About the Michelle Lang Fellowship in Journalism: 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 this war. 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.