The Walrus Editorial Fellowship Program—a pilot project funded by the Chawkers Foundation and other like-minded donors, and administered by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation—trains young professionals in editorial work, to the rigorous standards of Canada’s celebrated magazine of long-form journalism, ideas, and culture. Editorial Fellows research story ideas with editors; and fact-check and proof the content of The Walrus in print and mobile editions. Additional “desk assignments” include reviewing unsolicited submissions; monitoring and compiling web comments, tweets, and letters to the editor; gathering biographical information for the Contributors page; and assisting the online and tablet editors with digital and expanded content.
Editorial Fellows also have access to training seminars led by editors and staff of the Walrus Foundation, in topics ranging from copy editing and magazine theory to circulation and non-profit development. The full-time fellowships pay $400 per week per fellow, for six months.
The Walrus Foundation is now accepting applications for Editorial Fellowships, to commence May 9, 2016.
The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. on March 13, 2016. To apply, please submit a single PDF that includes a statement of purpose, a resumé, and two letters of reference to Graeme Bayliss, Managing Editor of The Walrus, [email protected]. Qualified applicants will receive a set of tasks related to their prospective duties, along with a deadline. Selected applicants will then interview at the Walrus Foundation’s offices in Toronto. The process is competitive.
We are eternally grateful to our founding donor, the Chawkers Foundation, for funding the inaugural Walrus Editorial Fellows, and for its support of education, training, and all things Walrus. Meet the current Editorial Fellows below.
Nathaniel Basen, Chawkers Fellow
Nathaniel Basen—a magazine writer—is very bad at beginnings and endings. Raised in downtown Toronto, he spent summers exploring eastern Canada by canoe. He moved to Halifax at eighteen, where he earned a bachelor of journalism with combined honours in history at the University of King’s College. He simultaneously worked in university athletics and edited Dalhousie’s undergraduate history journal. Moving back to his hometown in 2015, Nathaniel worked with This magazine followed by Spacing. His writing searches for areas where his passions intersect, namely: sport, wilderness, cities, economics, and politics.
Rhiannon Russell, Pitblado Fellow
Rhiannon Russell has reported from the middle of the Bay of Fundy, a naturist park north of Toronto (while naked), and a courthouse in Whitehorse. She grew up in a suburb of Hamilton, and studied journalism at Ryerson University. She’s interned at the Telegraph-Journal in Saint John and Maisonneuve in Montreal, and recently returned to Ontario after working at a newspaper in the Yukon. Rhiannon is interested in culture, social justice issues, and crime.
The following individuals may be considered eligible for an internship in the disciplines of art, digital, marketing, events, development at the Walrus Foundation:
- A secondary school student who performs work under a work experience program authorized by the school board that operates the school in which the student is enrolled;
- An individual who performs work under a program approved by a college of applied arts and technology or a university.
More information and timelines to come.
The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals across multiple platforms: publishing The Walrus magazine ten times a year, in print, tablet, and smart phone editions; curating the Walrus Talks, leadership dinners, speakers’ series, and other events across the country; posting original, high-quality content at thewalrus.ca; and through such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks. The foundation also partners with Blue Ant Media to produce documentaries and other programming at thewalrus.ca/tv; and trains young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.