First CIBC Digital Fellow for Emerging Black Journalists Joins The Walrus

The Walrus is pleased to announce the appointment of Yasmin Duale to the team

Black and white photo of Yasmin Duale.

Toronto, May 27, 2022: Today, The Walrus is delighted to announce that Yasmin Duale has been selected as the first CIBC Digital Fellow for Emerging Black Journalists. The fellowship was created in early 2022, with support from the CIBC Foundation, which is aimed at advancing social and economic opportunities for all.

The initiative involves the creation of a new digitally focused position at The Walrus for an early-career Black journalist who will be trained on the skills and tools required to conceptualize, develop, and produce storytelling in a variety of digital media.

The Walrus thanks the CIBC Foundation for supporting the organization with the development and launch of its first digital fellowship exclusively for emerging journalists who identify as Black. The fellowship is the second program designed for Black media creators at The Walrus and it is another step toward The Walrus’s commitment to creating a more inclusive media landscape in Canada.

“I’m simply elated to be the recipient of the CIBC Digital Fellowship for Emerging Black Journalists. The opportunity to create and expand the breadth of my coverage, all whilst receiving the mentorship every early-career journalist in the digital age craves, is indispensable. I cannot wait to begin at The Walrus.” – Yasmin Duale, CIBC Digital Fellow for Emerging Black Journalists, The Walrus.

The year-long fellowship is a paid opportunity focused on honing the digital, social media, and podcast production skills for one emerging journalist for one emerging journalist. As part of the Digital Fellowship, Duale will be mentored by The Walrus digital team to produce web and social media content and podcast episodes.

“On behalf of the CIBC Foundation, I’d like to congratulate Yasmin on being selected to join The Walrus team as its new Digital Fellow,” said Sandy Sharman, Group Head, People, Culture and Brand, CIBC, and Co-Chair, CIBC Foundation. “We’re proud to be supporting this unique fellowship program and the ambitions of emerging Black journalists, and look forward to watching Yasmin’s continued growth.”

Yasmin Duale is a writer, editor, and host based in West Toronto. She’s the recipient of the 2022 CIBC Digital Fellowship for Emerging Black Journalists. She began as a digital creator covering the Toronto Raptors and NBA basketball at large through Dishes & Dimes—a women-led NBA podcast, and the first show to be credentialed by the team. She enjoys writing about basketball accessibly to encourage inclusive participation in sports analysis and discourse. You can find her past written work at Yahoo Sports Canada, Complex Canada, the Toronto Star, and

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