Munk School Fellowship in Global Journalism

At the University of Toronto. Teaching scholars and professionals how to cover their disciplines as journalists for media around the world.

Vice — Canada Is Far from Breaking the Glass Ceiling Over Women in the Workplace
BY ALIA DHARSSI (FGJ ‘14) Canada has historically been recognized as a leader in women’s rights, but a report published by Oxfam last week suggests that progress in women’s participation in the Canadian economy has ground to a halt over the last two decades. Read more

Vice — Canada Is Far from Breaking the Glass Ceiling Over Women in the Workplace

BY ALIA DHARSSI (FGJ ‘14) Canada has historically been recognized as a leader in women’s rights, but a report published by Oxfam last week suggests that progress in women’s participation in the Canadian economy has ground to a halt over the last two decades. Read more

Open Canada — Using the Internet to Save Lives in Iran
Canadian human rights activist Maryam Nayeb Yazdi saves lives in Iran from her desk in Toronto, where she is at the centre of an international network of activists that work to improve human rights and stop executions in Iran. Though born in Iran, she spent most of her childhood in Canada. She first became concerned about the human rights situation in Iran in 2007 when she saw an interview on Persian satellite TV with a young human rights activist who had escaped Iran after being jailed, tortured and placed in solitary confinement by the Iranian authorities. In 2009, after the Iranian government violently suppressed protests in the aftermath of the Iranian presidential election, she founded Persian2English, a blog that documents human rights violations in Iran for an international audience. Today, she works to draw attention to a range of human rights issues in Iran, including executions, which, she says, take place in public squares each year to instill fear among the population. OpenCanada reporter Alia Dharssi (FGJ ‘14) sat down with Yazdi – who awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General in 2013 – to talk about her efforts to halt executions and about how she makes human rights issues go viral. Read more

Open Canada — Using the Internet to Save Lives in Iran

Canadian human rights activist Maryam Nayeb Yazdi saves lives in Iran from her desk in Toronto, where she is at the centre of an international network of activists that work to improve human rights and stop executions in Iran. Though born in Iran, she spent most of her childhood in Canada. She first became concerned about the human rights situation in Iran in 2007 when she saw an interview on Persian satellite TV with a young human rights activist who had escaped Iran after being jailed, tortured and placed in solitary confinement by the Iranian authorities. In 2009, after the Iranian government violently suppressed protests in the aftermath of the Iranian presidential election, she founded Persian2English, a blog that documents human rights violations in Iran for an international audience. Today, she works to draw attention to a range of human rights issues in Iran, including executions, which, she says, take place in public squares each year to instill fear among the population. OpenCanada reporter Alia Dharssi (FGJ ‘14) sat down with Yazdi – who awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General in 2013 – to talk about her efforts to halt executions and about how she makes human rights issues go viral. Read more

Dallas Morning News — Young migrants unlikely to bring diseases to U.S., experts say 
BY SEEMA YASMIN (FGJ ‘14) AND SHEERY JACOBSON Despite concerns about the potential public health crisis posed by immigrant children crossing the Texas-Mexico border, medical experts say the likelihood of their spreading disease is low. Read more

Dallas Morning News — Young migrants unlikely to bring diseases to U.S., experts say

BY SEEMA YASMIN (FGJ ‘14) AND SHEERY JACOBSON Despite concerns about the potential public health crisis posed by immigrant children crossing the Texas-Mexico border, medical experts say the likelihood of their spreading disease is low. Read more

Open Canada — How the World Bank Got Over the Curse of Knowledge
Over the course of almost two decades working in international development, Canadian Aleem Walji, Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs and former Head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org, has focused on increasing transparency and accountability in government, improving the delivery of basic services to the poor and fostering the growth of small and medium-size enterprises in developing countries. OpenCanada Reporter Alia Dharssi (FGJ ‘14) sat down with him to talk about how the World Bank promotes innovative solutions to tackling poverty and other development challenges. Read more

Open Canada — How the World Bank Got Over the Curse of Knowledge

Over the course of almost two decades working in international development, Canadian Aleem Walji, Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs and former Head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org, has focused on increasing transparency and accountability in government, improving the delivery of basic services to the poor and fostering the growth of small and medium-size enterprises in developing countries. OpenCanada Reporter Alia Dharssi (FGJ ‘14) sat down with him to talk about how the World Bank promotes innovative solutions to tackling poverty and other development challenges. Read more

The Irish Times — Christian militias lend muscle to Syrian regime in ongoing battle against rebels
BY STEPHEN STARR (FGJ ‘13) Sari was driving through the Ghouta region east of Damascus last year delivering car parts to a customer when his car was stopped by several armed men. He was forced out of the vehicle, which was driven away along with his wares. Read more

The Irish Times — Christian militias lend muscle to Syrian regime in ongoing battle against rebels

BY STEPHEN STARR (FGJ ‘13) Sari was driving through the Ghouta region east of Damascus last year delivering car parts to a customer when his car was stopped by several armed men. He was forced out of the vehicle, which was driven away along with his wares. Read more

Corporate Knights — Setting a global transparency standard is like herding cats
BY ASHLEY RENDERS (FGJ ‘14) The fight for greater transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors has been won and lost many times over the last four years, leaving companies to operate in a business-as-usual world. Read more

Corporate Knights — Setting a global transparency standard is like herding cats

BY ASHLEY RENDERS (FGJ ‘14) The fight for greater transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors has been won and lost many times over the last four years, leaving companies to operate in a business-as-usual world. Read more

CNN — Nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors have tried hookah
BY CHETHAN SATHYA (FGJ ‘14) The United States may be winning the war on cigarettes. After decades of public service announcements about the dangers of smoking, fewer teens are lighting up. But if you ask young Americans about smoking tobacco through a hookah, also called a waterpipe or shisha, there’s a good chance you won’t find the same level of awareness. Read more

CNN — Nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors have tried hookah

BY CHETHAN SATHYA (FGJ ‘14) The United States may be winning the war on cigarettes. After decades of public service announcements about the dangers of smoking, fewer teens are lighting up. But if you ask young Americans about smoking tobacco through a hookah, also called a waterpipe or shisha, there’s a good chance you won’t find the same level of awareness. Read more

Corporate Knights — Making pollinators political
BY ASHLEY RENDERS (FGJ ‘14) Last week, Reuters reported that Home Depot and other U.S. retailers announced that they would require suppliers to label a type of pesticide that scientists say is a contributing factor for honeybee declines worldwide. Read more

Corporate Knights — Making pollinators political

BY ASHLEY RENDERS (FGJ ‘14) Last week, Reuters reported that Home Depot and other U.S. retailers announced that they would require suppliers to label a type of pesticide that scientists say is a contributing factor for honeybee declines worldwide. Read more

Corporate Knights — When you know better, you do better
BY ASHLEY RENDERS (FGJ ‘14) On the heels of the Risky Business Report that calls on investors to take climate change seriously, a new online tool is making it easier for them to assess corporate exposure to climate-related risks. Read more

Corporate Knights — When you know better, you do better

BY ASHLEY RENDERS (FGJ ‘14) On the heels of the Risky Business Report that calls on investors to take climate change seriously, a new online tool is making it easier for them to assess corporate exposure to climate-related risks. Read more

The National — Iraqi Student Project: a progress report
BY STEPHEN STARR (FGJ ‘13) Four years ago, The National wrote about the efforts of the Iraqi Student Project (ISP), a voluntary, Syria-based initiative that prepared select Iraqi students to study at American universities as Iraq’s education system lay in ruins. Read more
Corporate Knights — Ignoring climate change is risky business
BY ASHLEY RENDERS (FGJ ‘14) A hedge-fund billionaire, a former U.S. treasury secretary and an ex-New York City mayor are trying to convince investors that climate change is bad for their bottom line. Read more

Corporate Knights — Ignoring climate change is risky business

BY ASHLEY RENDERS (FGJ ‘14) A hedge-fund billionaire, a former U.S. treasury secretary and an ex-New York City mayor are trying to convince investors that climate change is bad for their bottom line. Read more

The Irish Times — Assyrians and Christians under attack in Iraq and Syria 
BY STEPHEN STARR (FGJ ‘13) With extremists battling for control of Iraq’s largest oilfield on Tuesday, upping the stakes in a burgeoning war against the central government in Baghdad, Iraq’s Christians once again find themselves at risk. Read more

The Irish Times — Assyrians and Christians under attack in Iraq and Syria

BY STEPHEN STARR (FGJ ‘13) With extremists battling for control of Iraq’s largest oilfield on Tuesday, upping the stakes in a burgeoning war against the central government in Baghdad, Iraq’s Christians once again find themselves at risk. Read more

Maclean’s — When it comes to foreign students, Canada earns ‘F’ for recruitment effort

BY RACHEL BROWNE (FGJ ‘14) As the battle intensifies to woo foreign students to Western universities, a new report says Canada is a roadblock to its own success. Read more

CBC News — Scanner gives surgeons real-time ‘road map’ of human body
BY CHETHAN SATHYA (FGJ ‘14) Canadian surgeons may be a step closer to making virtual navigation of the human body – akin to a car’s GPS — a part of their surgical repertoire. Read more

CBC News — Scanner gives surgeons real-time ‘road map’ of human body

BY CHETHAN SATHYA (FGJ ‘14) Canadian surgeons may be a step closer to making virtual navigation of the human body – akin to a car’s GPS  a part of their surgical repertoire. Read more

The Irish Times — Syrians in Turkey adapt to new life as going home seems remote
BY STEPHEN STARR (FGJ ‘13) The air at Tarboush restaurant in Istanbul is thick with Syrian Arabic. Every day, dozens of families and couples displaced by the war come for a slice of home: they’re here for the bitter hummus and tabbouleh salad, the fried aubergines and flatbread that’s uncommon elsewhere in this city. Read more

The Irish Times — Syrians in Turkey adapt to new life as going home seems remote

BY STEPHEN STARR (FGJ ‘13) The air at Tarboush restaurant in Istanbul is thick with Syrian Arabic. Every day, dozens of families and couples displaced by the war come for a slice of home: they’re here for the bitter hummus and tabbouleh salad, the fried aubergines and flatbread that’s uncommon elsewhere in this city. Read more