Two Carleton University Master of Journalism students, Olivia Robinson and Levi Garber, are among the winners of the Joan Donaldson Scholarship for 2019, following a national competition. Named after the founding head of the CBC’s News Network, the Donaldson is the most prestigious student prize in Canadian journalism. Only eight are awarded. The scholarship provides training and a four-month intensive paid internship at one or more locations within the CBC organization.
Levi Garber holds a B.A. in History and German from the University of Manitoba, where he was news editor of the Manitoban and the first member of the student press to be accredited to the Manitoba Legislature press gallery. He also wrote for an English-language cultural news website in Berlin. While pursuing his MJ at Carleton, he completed an internship with Canadian Press and two placements with the CBC’s London bureau, the first amid the frenzy surrounding the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the second at the height of the Brexit debate. He spent part of last summer in the Yukon while taking the Carleton Journalism course “Stories North,” learning about First Nations culture, history and land claims. His Masters Research Project documents the grassroots movement of young Germans working to combat the rise of far-right activism in their country. Follow him on Twitter @LeviGarber
Olivia Robinson holds a B.A. in English from Queen’s University, an M.A. in Writing for Children from the University of Winchester, and worked for four years in the publishing industry, during which she organized Canada’s involvement in international book fairs in Guadalajara, Bologna, London, Frankfurt and Havana. Her bylines have appeared in HuffPost Canada, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times. In 2017, she won first prize in Historica Canada’s Votes for Women writing contest (young adult category). She is drawn to people-driven narratives and experimenting with new digital mediums to better tell these stories. She has produced journalism about capacity-building tiny home projects in Carcross/Tagish First Nation; toilet privilege and public washrooms in Ottawa; stable neighbourhoods and contentious mega-mansion developments in Aurora; and the exploits of an escaped emu in Haliburton, Ont. She was rabble.ca’s Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellow in 2019, writing a series on the public library in Canada reimagined as the third place – a frontline for social work, reconciliation, opioid overdose prevention and food security – which is the topic of her Master’s Research Project. Connect with her on Twitter @olivianne where she tweets about Seinfeld, slow cooker recipes and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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