Introducing the first cohort from the CJF-Narcity News Creator Fellowship

MONTREAL – Narcity Media Group (NMG) is thrilled to introduce the recipients of the first-ever CJF-Narcity News Creator Fellowship, offered in partnership with the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

This inaugural fellowship marks a significant milestone in NMG's journey to foster the next generation of video storytelling talent in Canada, aligning with the organization's mission to build a sustainable future for local media.

The selected creators as fellows are:

  • Jessica Barile, Montreal, QC
  • Corinne Boyer, Montreal, QC
  • Rachel Ruth Pabiona Guanlao, Toronto, ON
  • Brahim Ait Ouzineb, Ottawa, ON
  • Tharsha Ravichakaravarthy, Toronto, ON
  • Amber Sandhu, Vancouver, BC

Fellowship recipients


Each of these talented individuals will embark on a six-week journey, filled with extensive training and mentorship from Narcity Media Group's editorial team. The fellowship's focus is to hone their skills in creating compelling local news videos for Narcity’s platforms and social channels, as well as their creator portfolio.

"I'm very pleased with the group of applicants we received for this inaugural fellowship,” says Jackie Vandinther, News Creator Fellowship Manager at Narcity Canada. “This diverse group of emerging journalists brings a depth of skill sets and life experience, which I think is vital to becoming a well-rounded journalist and content creator."

Supported by YouTube Canada and the Google News Initiative, this initiative provides not only a unique learning opportunity but also allows these emerging journalists to actively shape the future of video journalism in Canada.

The fellows will receive a stipend of $5,500 and will be recognized for their achievements at the CJF Awards ceremony on June 12 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

As NMG celebrates these new voices in Canadian journalism, the organization proudly contributes to building the future of the Canadian Media industry through emerging talent.


About the Canadian Journalism Foundation

Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious annual awards and fellowship program featuring an industry gala where news leaders, journalists and corporate Canada gather to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a public speakers' series, the CJF facilitates dialogue among journalists, businesspeople, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

About Narcity Media Group

Narcity Media Group is one of the leading digital media publishers for millennials in North America. We own and operate and Covering everything from up-to-the-minute breaking news stories to original travel bucket lists, our extensive network of content creators spans from coast to coast with the sole purpose of creating content that engages our local audience and creates memorable experiences. Founded in 2013, Narcity Media has offices in Montreal and Toronto and operates remotely across North America in more than 24 local markets.

About YouTube

YouTube’s mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. The platform provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe. According to Oxford Economics, YouTube’s creative ecosystem contributed $2 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2022 and supported more than 35,000 full-time equivalent jobs in Canada.

About Google News Initiative

The Google News Initiative offers journalists and publishers of all sizes a range of resources, products, digital expertise and collaborative solutions that spur progress across the news industry. Our partnerships support the advancement of quality journalism and help publishers build stronger and more sustainable business models. To that aim, we’re working alongside newsrooms, news startups, researchers and content producers worldwide to build a more sustainable, diverse and innovative news ecosystem – so that everyone, everywhere, has access to reliable information. Learn more about our work, journalist tools, innovation challenges and funding opportunities at



For more information about the fellowship, please visit the CJF-Narcity News Creator Fellowship page.

This announcement is based on information provided by the Canadian Journalism Foundation's press release.