4th year journalism student Haydn Watters will work in CBC newsrooms across Canada after being awarded the prestigious Donaldson Scholarship. As a Donaldson Scholar, Watters will work as a paid intern for 5-week stints in Toronto, Ottawa, and Yellowknife.
Each year, the CBC awards scholarships to exceptional graduating students in Journalism to bring them in for paid work at a variety of newsrooms. The humble Watters was admittedly intimidated by the extensive application process (which begins in October), and by his fellow applicants. “It was a lot of master’s students who also applied for it, and I thought ‘there’s no way, these are world travelers and stuff like that”, says Haydn. “But then I talked to people here at King’s and the professors were pushing for a bunch of students to apply.”
In choosing his placements, Haydn sought advice from a former Donaldson recipient and King’s Journalism grad Kate McKenna (BJH ‘13), and prioritized places he could get some on-air opportunities. One of those was the comparatively smaller CBC Yellowknife. “I’ve always gravitated to the smaller places”, he says, in true King’s fashion.
At Ottawa’s Power and Politics, he’ll continue a life-long attachment to the world of politics. “My dad has been involved in municipal politics since I was a baby. Throughout my life I’ve been to council meetings with him”. He’ll also work at Here and Now in Toronto.