Postmedia Presents Alia Dharssi with the 2016 Michelle Lang Fellowship in Journalism

Postmedia is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the 2016 Michelle Lang Fellowship in Journalism, Alia Dharssi.


With a Masters Degree in international development from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Honours History from The University of British Columbia, Alia was previously a freelance journalist contributing content to the National Post and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Most recently, Alia won the William J. Clinton Fellow for Service in India to manage and write about research related to urban issues for a leading Indian NGO focused on urban policy.


“We are thrilled to welcome Alia to our team,” said Lorne Motley, Editor of the Calgary Herald. “We’re very proud that the Michelle Lang Fellowship is able to provide aspiring and talented reporters such as Alia the opportunity to work alongside Postmedia’s award-winning journalists to hone their journalism skills.”


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.


Alia is the sixth recipient of this esteemed Fellowship which began in 2010. As part of the Fellowship’s special project chosen by the recipient, Alia has chosen to pursue a story on Canada’s immigration policies, including how immigrants are being integrated into Canadian life and their effect on the Canadian economy. Alia is currently spending the first six months working at the National Post in Toronto before spending the next six months of the Fellowship working at the Calgary Herald.


“Being chosen as the recipient of this prestigious Fellowship is a great honour,” said Alia Dharssi. “The fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity for me to work with the accomplished staff at Postmedia, grow my skills and further my career in journalism.”


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 Network, 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. 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. For more information, visit


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 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.


For more information:


Lorne Motley

Editor, Calgary Herald

(403) 235-7546


Georgia Sourtzis

Manager, Communications, Postmedia Network

(416) 510-6778

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