David Skok, Managing editor of GlobalNews.ca, is the first Canadian online journalist to win a Nieman Fellowship for study at Harvard University.
Harvard announced on Tuesday that Skok would be the twenty-first recipient of the journalism award. He is also the first member of the Global News team to be awarded the honour.
“We are honoured to have David represent Global News as our first Nieman Fellowship recipient,” says Troy Reeb, Vice President, News for Shaw Media.
“This award is a testament to David’s strength and leadership as a working journalist within the digital sphere. We are confident that David’s sabbatical will help advance the ongoing dialogue surrounding online reporting in Canada’s media realm.”
Skok will begin a one-year sabbatical from GlobalNews.ca in September 2011, joining 10 other foreign journalists and 13 American journalists at Harvard.
“This selection demonstrates the Martin Wise Goodman Trust’s commitment to a strong, sustainable future for news in Canada,” says Skok.
“In the same way that television journalists pioneered reporting in that medium over 60 years ago, today’s digital journalists are utilizing new ways of storytelling that have the potential to shape the future of journalism. As a Nieman Fellow, I am very eager to further explore this concept.”
Skok was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1978, and immigrated to Toronto in 1988. He holds a degree in political science from Western University and a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University.
In 2002, Skok was the winner of the prestigious ABC News Nightline Internship, working alongside Ted Koppel.
He began at Global News in 2003 as an associate producer, moving up to become a broadcast news producer, online producer and senior producer before becoming managing editor for GlobalNews.ca.
His studies will focus on how Canadian outlets can maintain the distinct Canadian journalistic presence in a world of stateless news organizations.
The Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship is given out biennially by the Martin Wise Goodman Trust to a Canadian Journalist working in print, television, radio and online media.
More than 1,300 journalists from 88 countries have received Nieman Fellowships.
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