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Sachedina – CTV News Fellowship unveiled

CTV News and Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Omar Sachedina have announced the creation of the new Sachedina ∙ CTV News Fellowship, in partnership with RTDNF Canada and the University of Toronto’s Massey College.

The fellowship will provide the opportunity for a journalism student from a Canadian university or college who has recently graduated or is within one year from graduation to receive a stipend of $10,000 to produce a substantial and original piece of journalism that will be considered for publication on a CTV News platform. The piece must explore a subject or theme significant to Canadians and be completed within six months of selection for the fellowship. It also includes mentorship and training from in the CTV National Newsroom in Toronto as well as assistance from a Senior Member at Massey College to develop connections with subject matter experts in their field of research, access to the U of T’s libraries system, and membership in the Massey College Alumni Association.

Omar Sachedina 

“Journalism is integral to our democracy. We’re very proud to launch the new Sachedina ∙ CTV News ∙ Fellowship to support and further expand the opportunities available to the next generation of journalists in Canada,” said Sachedina, in an announcement. “With mentorship and training from our exceptional team at CTV National News, the Fellows will hone their reporting skills to produce a piece that challenges and enriches our understanding of the country. We’re grateful for the partnership of RTDNF Canada and Massey College, whose valuable resources will enhance the Fellows’ experience in the program.”

“CTV News is proud to support Omar in the creation of this valuable new Fellowship program,” added Richard Gray, VP of News, Bell Media. “With the opportunity to work alongside our talented CTV National News editors and reporters, the selected Fellows will gain first-hand experience as they grow their journalism skills and take what they’ve learned and put it into practice in a working newsroom.”

Two Fellows will be selected in the inaugural year of the Fellowship, with one selected annually thereafter. The two 2024 fellows will be announced at the RTDNA Canada National Conference and Awards Gala ceremony, taking place in Toronto this fall.

The application deadline is June 30. Click here for further fellowship details, and apply via the RTDNF Canada online submissions page.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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