Ashley Fitzpatrick (BJ ’08), a reporter for the Telegram in St. John’s, has been awarded a fellowship from the University of Rhode Island for her work in marine and environmental reporting. The Immersion Workshop for Journalists is an intensive interdisciplinary fellowship that aims to hone journalism research and reporting in the field, laboratory, and classroom.
“I’m interested in doing more environmental journalism, solutions journalism… bringing together scientific efforts both here and elsewhere with the reality of the place where we live, putting people at the centre, seeing what comes out,” says Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick is the lone Canadian among a list of fellows that includes journalists from England, Costa Rica, Egypt and the United States. She is excited for the opportunity to put the skills she will learn to work at the Telegram.
“There’s really a lot happening in this region, things relevant to some big, umbrella topics, like climate change.” says Fitzpatrick. “There needs to be more reported for the everyday news audience, more centred in Atlantic Canada, the North Atlantic — putting this place in context. That’s both for us and for the world.”