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APPLY for the 2021 Journalism for Change Fellowship by August 22, 2021

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Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.” — Jack Layton

August 22, 2021, marks ten years since Canada lost a great leader and friend. Jack Layton inspired people by example, demonstrating that working together for social and economic justice is possible and achievable.

rabble.ca is Canada’s original online independent progressive media source. Publishing online-only since 2001, rabble is a daily national publication that focuses on news and opinion from Canada’s grassroots social movements and labour movement.

rabble.ca and the Institute for Change Leaders have partnered to search for a recipient of the Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship for 2021.

Jack Layton inspired people by example, demonstrating that working together for social and economic justice is possible and achievable. August 22, 2021 will mark ten years since his passing.

The fellowship supports emerging journalists who are passionate and engaged in developing unique voices in social change reporting. Over the period of the fellowship, the recipient will develop a work plan with rabble’s editor based on their submitted proposal that will include a combination of news reporting and feature writing. The fellow will participate in story meetings with rabble editors and staff over a period of three months. The successful candidate will be mentored and supported in creating their articles.


The fellowship is intended to support emerging journalists. We are seeking fellows who are passionate, engaged, and interested in developing their unique voices in social change reporting.

The fellowship pays a stipend of $3,000 for the three-month period.

Fellows will work with rabble.ca over a mutually agreed three-month period in the year following their selection.

Fellows will be asked to pitch a beat as part of the application process, and will be expected to cover stories from a national angle.

For details on how to pitch, please see our pitch guidelines here.
During the three-month fellowship the Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellow will:

  • ●  Produce regular news reports (weekly or bi-weekly depending on specific work plan) for rabble.ca in the beat they have pitched. These pieces should be timely news pieces that are approximately 600-800 words in length. This may be in combination with one or more longform pieces on an issue determined in consultation with rabble.ca’s editor.

  • ●  Participate in rabble story meetings (by Zoom) and join rabble’s virtual newsroom on Slack.

  • ●  Receive mentorship and support in creating, shaping, and editing articles.

  • ●  Receive a $3,000 stipend for the three-month fellowship.

    Who should apply:

    The fellowship was created to cultivate and amplify new voices, and is designed for journalists who want to develop confident, well-rounded voices and are particularly interested in progressive, mission-driven journalism. If you are a journalist who wants to grow your publication experience, we strongly encourage you to apply.

    This is a part-time position. Fellows must be based in Canada.

    Writers who have contributed to rabble.ca before will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    How to apply:

    Please send a cover letter indicating why you should be the Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellow together with your resume, beat pitch, and two writing samples to internships@rabble.ca.

    Entries close August 22 at midnight.

    rabble.ca is committed to equity in its policies and practices, supports diversity in its journalistic and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of

underrepresented groups are seriously considered under employment equity. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of
the rabble.ca community are encouraged to apply. rabble is committed to the principles of social advocacy journalism outlined in our editorial policy.

We hope that our fellows will be able to find a community among their co-fellows and the workers of rabble.ca.

In the spirit of the virtual office, only electronic applications will be accepted.

Please note: we thank all who apply, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No calls please. Interviews for this position will take place on a rolling basis, so don’t delay sending in your application.