The Canadian University Press (CUP) is a national cooperative of post-secondary student publications. As such, we are the future of journalism in Canada—and as part of our mandate, we do everything in our power to support equitable, diverse and anti-oppressive newsrooms in Canadian media.
As a non-profit organization made up of students and recently former students, we know exactly how crucial it is to take a proactive role in supporting marginalized student journalists. Not just to foster growth and development, but to maintain their financial stability and mental health in the industry.
That is why CUP is offering four paid reporting opportunities to a staff or contributor of one of our member papers. Selected candidates will each receive a $300 grant to complete a piece of reporting regarding an LGBTQ2IA+ campus or student issue, which will be published in their student publication. Your pitch could be anything from a series of articles, a feature, a podcast, or a video project.
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with a pitch of maximum 350 words about what you’d like to report on, what format your reporting will take, as well as which CUP publication you are a member of. Please include why you are the right candidate to be writing this story. Staff and volunteers of CUP member publications may apply (if you are not part of the LGBTQ2IA+ community, we ask that you do not apply).
The deadline for pitches is April 19, 2022 at 11:59 pm.
We urge other associations and organizations to use whatever resources they have available to creatively and unconditionally support the industry’s young LGBTQ2IA+ journalists, and other marginalized journalists as long as powerful institutions continue to neglect them.
— Canadian University Press. March 22, 2022.