Have you read rabble.ca's latest series, The Future of the Public Library, by Jack Layton Journalism for Change fellow Olivia Robinson? We highly recommend you check it out now!
Robinson investigates how libraries across Canada are re-imagining their role as essential public spaces and improving the social fabric of their communities. The series also explores how despite budget cuts, public library systems across the country continue to advance inclusion, including by striving for reconciliation and decolonization. Robinson's series examines public libraries in Toronto, Edmonton, Kitchener/ Waterloo, and Calgary to better understand how libraries are bridging social service gaps and providing space for marginalized and vulnerable patrons.
"Fellowships like this are important because it allows you to expand on topics that aren't otherwise covered in the media. The Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship gave me even more motivation to continue exploring and digging deeper, bringing justice to those communities I was reporting on, giving voice to those who didn't have a platform." - Olivia Robinson
Olivia Robinson, rabble.ca's 2019 Journalism for Change fellow, graduated from Carleton University with a master's in journalism, and was a Joan Donaldson Scholar at CBC.
"The Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship is vital to rabble's mission in both advancing voices of social justice journalism in Canada and maintaining a space for developing a new generation of journalists, keen to speak truth to power." - Matthew DiMera, rabble.ca acting editor
The Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship is a collaboration between rabble.ca and the Institute for Change Leaders that supports emerging journalists and writers passionate about social change reporting. A new video about the series, with Olivia Robinson and first fellow Phillip Dwight Morgan, can be found here.
Know someone who would be a perfect fit for the fellowship? Or maybe that person is you?
Applications are still open for the 2020 fellowship year until October 30, 2019. More information, including application details, available here.
And as always, if you love reading stories you can only find on rabble.ca, such as the library series, consider donating to the fellowship program, or helping us to spread the word. A little bit goes a long way: rabble.ca/donate.
Kim Elliott, rabble.ca publisher
Image: Olivia Robinson
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