Kiah Lucero smiling and holding a camera.
Kiah Lucero is rabble's 2022/23 Journalism for Change Fellow. Credit: Mason Benning Credit: Mason Benning is excited to officially welcome Kiah Lucero as the Jack Layton Journalism for Change fellow for Winter 2022/23.

Based in Calgary, AB., Lucero completed her BA in Communications from Mount Royal University in 2020. During her time there she worked on the faculty-led publication The Calgary Journal and also worked as an intern at the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

In her final semester, Lucero worked on an investigative journalism project that explored water infrastructure in First Nations communities.

“Storytelling has always been a passion of mine and when I found journalism, I knew this is where I want to be. Journalists play an important role in a democratic society—especially in today’s current political climate with waning trust in the media, honest and transparent reporting is vital for a functioning society. I want to bring underreported stories to light and encourage public discourse,” Lucero says.

“On behalf of myself and the rest of the team here at rabble, I would like to say that we are very excited to work with Kiah as this year’s Jack Layton Fellow. Kiah has demonstrated a keen interest in covering labour news, a beat which is at the core of rabble’s identity. I look forward to editing her work and sharing it with our readers,” says editor Nick Seebruch. 

A fellowship inspired by hope and social justice 

In partnership with the Institute for Change Leaders, debuted the Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship in 2017, named after the late former leader of the federal New Democratic Party who inspired all of Canada with his message of hope, solidarity and unwavering dedication to social justice. 

The fellowship supports journalists at the beginning of their careers who have a passion for social justice-centered reporting. 

This year, our fellowship is joined in support with the Douglas Coldwell Layton Foundation. Thanks to their generous support, we are able to offer an improved stipend and longer work experience period for Lucero.  

Learn more about the fellowship here: 

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