jack webster foundation

We gratefully acknowledge our sponosors of the 2020 Jack Webster Awards:

Jack Webster Foundation

The Jack Webster Foundation
Student Journalism Awards

Submissions for 2020 awards are no longer being accepted as the deadline has passed. Recipients will be announced in October.
Stay tuned as submissions for 2021 awards will open in August/September 2021. Please check back then..

This award recognizes Jack Webster and his legacy of insightful, accurate and uncompromising reporting from his more than 40 years of print, radio and television journalism.

One $2,000 award is available to a worthy recipient from each of the following journalism programs in British Columbia:
• Langara

Therefore, up to a total of five awards will be awarded in 2020. If there is not a candidate deemed worthy of the award from one of the above noted institutions, then the Foundation reserves the right to award more than one award to another institution's worthy applicant. The award will be paid directly to each student's account at their respective post secondary institution.

  • Students who are residents of British Columbia and who are pursuing full time journalism studies in a British Columbia post-secondary journalism program.
  • Eligible journalism programs: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Langara College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia. To be considered, a student must be attending the current fall and spring terms.
  • An eligible applicant is a student who is in their final year in one of BC's five journalism programs and who preferably has practical or volunteer experience in the journalism field. A student may also be eligible if they hold a postsecondary degree and is in one of the above programs.
  • One award will be given to a BC-born journalism student

How do I apply?
Fill out the online application. You will be asked for the following information:
• First Name
• Last Name
• Phone Number
• Place of birth
• Are you a full time student? Yes or No
• Name of educational institution
• Expected graduation year
• Reference #1 name, email and phone
• Reference #2 name, email and phone

along with your resume and a 500 word essay describing:
  • Why is journalism important?
  • Why you've chosen journalism as a career.
  • Your career goals.

When will the recipients be announced?
Recipients will be announced in October.

What are the benefits of the award?
Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award paid directly to his or her post-secondary institution.

Are reference letters required?
Whereas reference letters are not required, the name and contact information of two people from the journalism field who can confirm your interest in the pursuit of a journalism career are required.

You ask for my birthplace. Why?
One award endowed by the Estate of Don Matheson, a former BC journalist, requires that the student selected be a BC-born student.

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