Telecom and Canadian Media News In Brief – Shaw, Journalists for Human Rights, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

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Shaw Communications’ Freedom Mobile has launched a limited-time offer that gives customers 100 GB of bonus LTE data, in addition to their monthly data allotment. The bonus data can be used anytime at no additional cost. Additional data from the 100 GB Big Binge Bonus is automatically applied once a customer exceeds their monthly allotment. The deal is available for new and existing customers when they sign up for a Big Gig plan starting at $60 per month with a new handset on a two-year term.  

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is partnering with Seneca College to offer a new tuition scholarship, to be funded by JHR and John Honderich, for a student who identifies as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, to pursue journalism at Seneca. The scholarship will cover tuition costs for a student studying Broadcasting – Radio or Television; Documentary and Non-Fiction Media Production; Journalism; Photography; or Pre-Media (Media and Communications Fundamentals). The student must be entering their first year of studies at Seneca. The deadline to apply is Dec. 4 for a program starting in January. For more information, see JHR’s website or click here.

Shaw Communications Inc. has announced the first of its Shaw Kindness Sticks Youth Grant recipients aimed at kickstarting projects in Canadian schools that encourage positivity, respect and inclusivity. After receiving over 150 submissions from across Canada, Simran Grewal and Kate Choi of New Westminster Secondary school in New Westminster, BC are the first of 10 finalists to receive a grant of up to $5,000. Grewal and Choi have used the funds to expand the Best Buddies Club at their school, providing opportunities for students with diverse learning needs to make friends and teach others about the importance of inclusivity and acceptance. The remaining grant recipients will continue to be individually announced online throughout fall of 2018.

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is accepting submissions for its Dalton Camp Award, which goes to the winner or winners of an essay competition on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. In 2018, there was one award, open to all eligible entrants, consisting of a prize of $10,000, as well as a bronze cast medal by late Canadian sculptress Dora de Pédèry-Hunt. In addition, a second award consisting of a prize of $2,500, was awarded to the best essay by a student at a recognized post-secondary institution. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1. Read more here.

The Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship is open for applications until Dec. 1. One Nieman fellowship for a Canadian journalist to study at Harvard University will be awarded to a mid-career journalist to broaden their intellectual horizons. The Fellowship will be granted for the academic year (September to June) and will include tuition to Harvard University and a stipend for living expenses. More info here.


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