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Introducing Phillip Dwight Morgan as the first Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellow

November 3 – rabble.ca and the Institute for Change Leaders, are delighted to announce that Phillip Dwight Morgan is the recipient of the very first Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship.

Six years ago Canada lost a great leader: Jack Layton inspired people by example, demonstrating that working together for social and economic justice is possible and achievable. We are honoured to host this Fellowship in Jack's name, and as part of his ongoing legacy.

The Fellowship supports emerging writers and journalists who are passionate and engaged in developing unique voices in social change reporting. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to strengthen media democracy in Canada, while offering mentorship and growth for new voices.

Phillip Dwight Morgan is a Toronto-based journalist, poet, and researcher. His essays, op-eds, and interviews have been featured on macleans.ca, cbc.ca, rabble.ca and in Briarpatch and Spacing magazines. Phillip has also appeared on Breakfast Television and CBC radio's The 180 and Ontario Today to discuss Toronto's School Resource Officer program as well as issues of race and representation in mainstream Canadian media.

Phillip's research interests include housing policy, policing and anti-Black racism, and media criticism. He is currently writing his debut collection of poetry, Portraits in Black Face, with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Diaspora Dialogues Mentoring Program. We are delighted to welcome to rabble.ca

Over 100 extraordinary candidates from across Canada applied for this Fellowship. Applications were reviewed and the final candidate selected by a panel of three judges: Jorge Barrera, former host and producer of APTN's Nation to Nation and Ottawa bureau correspondent; Jackie Wong, Vancouver journalist and facilitator; and Victoria Fenner, rabble.ca Podcast Network executive producer.

rabble.ca and the Institute for Change Leaders were all wowed and honoured by the calibre of applications submitted, and thank all the applicants for their creativity and enthusiasm. We thank all applicants for their applications, and we look forward to contributions from Phillip Dwight Morgan in the months ahead.

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