Jodie Martinson, a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism in 2010, received the bursary in 2015. Her documentary, Songs to Guide Us, focused on the musical past of escaped slaves who fled to Canada before emancipation. She followed gospel singer Khari McClelland who tracked his great-great-great-grandmother Kizzy’s journey into Canada as an escaped slave in the mid-1800s. Martinson travelled with him for six weeks to Detroit, Ontario and Nova Scotia to track Kizzy’s journey and the music of emancipated slaves. Her work was aired on CBC Radio’s Tapestry and as a nine-minute piece on The National. Martinson is an Emmy winning documentary maker and has worked with CBC Radio Vancouver as a producer since 2010.
Karen McColl, a graduate of the journalism program at the University of King’s College, received the bursary in 2014. She spent eight weeks canoeing the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories to look at the impact of developments in remote areas of the territory on the small communities in the region. She had a series of text, photo and audio pieces published by theToronto Star, CBC North and a few smaller publications. She was based in Whitehorse, Yukon in 2014 as a freelancer and contributor to CBC North and continues to do so.
Tanya Springer, a graduate of Carleton University’s Master of Journalism program, received the bursary in 2013. She spent six weeks in eastern Europe to look at how Romani students were being integrated in Slovak schools. Her work was broadcast in the form of a radio documentary on Public Radio International. At the time, she was working at CBC Radio’s Day 6 and is currently a senior producer at CBC Radio’s The Doc Project.
Marion Warnica, a graduate of Carleton University’s Master of Journalism program, received the bursary in 2013. Her work focused on Peru’s mining industry (as well as climate change) and its impact on locals’ access to clean water. Her work was published as multimedia and text based features with the CBC. She has worked with CBC Edmonton as a reporter since 2012.
Robin Tress, a graduate of the journalism program at the University of King’s College, received the bursary in 2013. Her work focused on the oil industry’s effects in Fort McMurray, Alta. and how it affected workers and the people living in the area. Her work was published in the Toronto Star. She currently works with the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, where her work focuses on coastal climate adaption.