**Send: applications to & questions to
The application period will remain open until November 18, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. PDT**

Include in your application the following:

  • Your pitch (100 words or less)
  • Your CV
  • Your work (no more than 3 examples)


The BeLaboured Project: An exploration of the future of work


What does decent work look like? What does it mean to be wealthy? Are both a result of one’s income?

What barriers currently prevent someone in a community from achieving fulfilling work and a sustainable life?

What does work of the future look like and are students now prepared?

The BeLaboured project seeks to answer these questions and to imagine a future where communities have the tools to address the problems that prevent them from including everyone in a good life.

By pairing student journalists with professional mentors, we will explore and reimagine what qualifies as valuable work and good working conditions.


Why Apply?

  • You will be paired with a professional journalist who will help guide you through your project and your development as a student journalist.
  • You will be at the forefront of an experiment where we will explore the future of work.
  • You will be paid $1,350 for your work.


The Students

We are searching for 7 students in total. 6 students will write longform nonfiction, while 1 student will pursue a photojournalism essay.

Your education

  • You must be a student currently enrolled at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • You must be involved in a campus-based student news publication.

Your interests

  • You are actively engaged in your community.
  • You care about including all voices in your community.
  • You want to work to make your community better.

Your pitch

To be considered, please write a short pitch (100 words or less) that may include your big idea, your angle, how it may impact the future, how it has shaped the present—but most importantly, why it is important to your community.


The Mentors

  • Lyndsie Bourgon is a writer and editor in Calgary. She was raised in a really, really, really small town in southern Alberta, and then moved away for awhile. She studied in Halifax, at the University of King’s College, and then she left to go live in Scotland. After living for a year in Edinburgh she spent some time tending garden and vine in Italy, then moved to Toronto, where she started freelance writing. Her features have been published in the Guardian, Slate, The Walrus, Reader’s Digest, Roads & Kingdoms, Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail and elsewhere. In 2013, she was chosen as a participant in the Banff Centre’s Mountain and Wilderness Writing Workshop. She also teaches and mentors teens at the WordsWorth summer camp.
  • Tony Burman is former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News, and now a visiting professor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. While Managing Director of Al Jazeera’s worldwide English channel in Qatar from 2008-2010,Arabian Business Magazine named him the second most influential non-Arab in the Arab world and the Canadian Expat Association in November 2009 said he had been voted the third most influential Canadian living abroad, behind Michael J. Fox and Wayne Gretzky.  At the CBC, he spent 35 years as an award-winning news and documentary producer, working in 30 countries, including seven years as CBC’s editor-in-chief.  He started his career as a reporter with The Montreal Starnewspaper.  He was educated at Loyola College in Montreal, and for two years was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, Loyola News., a proud member of Canadian University Press (CUP).
  • David Hains is the co-editor-in-chief of Torontoist, the award-winning online magazine. With a focus on city issues and politics, David has contributed to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, the Tyee, and The Grid. In his spare time he watches Ken Burns and Frontline documentaries while reading Twitter and giving his cat Hobbes the belly rubs he needs.
  • Nick Kozak is a freelance photojournalist (not a former wrestler) whose current work is focused on the issues of community and identity, their inseparability and constant state of flux. He explores communities that are displaced, marginalized, and/or those carving out new social spaces out of necessity or a desire to redefine a collective identity. His work has been published in the Toronto Star, Maclean’s, Toronto Life, Report on Business Magazine, BBC Travel, La Presse, The Grid, and Toronto Community News.
  • Sara Mojtehedzadeh is the Toronto Star‘s work and wealth reporter, covering issues like precarious employment and the changing nature of work. Previously, she worked for the BBC World Service covering African current affairs. She also reported for a year on development and human rights issues from Nairobi, Kenya through the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s peace and conflict studies program.
  • Seán O’Shea is consumer and investigative reporter with the Global Television Network. During a 37 year career, O’Shea has travelled all over the world reporting on election campaigns, natural disasters, fraud and corruption. For nearly two decades, he’s focused on consumer issues—frequently advocating for viewers who’ve been challenged in the market place. His reporting has led to the return of hundreds of thousands of dollars to consumers and has led to arrests, criminal charges and imprisonment. He is also a contributing correspondent for the Global News magazine program 16×9. In 2012, O’Shea mentored journalists at Viasat One television in Accra, Ghana as part of an education project run by Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and supported by Shaw Media, the parent company of Global News.
  • Scott Peterson is the morning Business Host for CBC News Network, providing country-wide coverage of the day’s business stories on television and radio. Peterson has reported from numerous cities across Canada on events including the 2005 London Subway Bombings and the European financial panic that followed. He has also reported live from the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, and filed numerous reports during the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009. He has also produced packages on the lighter side of news with BNN’s hit series The Good Life. Peterson graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario with an undergraduate degree, and a graduate degree in journalism from Ryerson University.



Include in your application the following:

  • Your pitch (100 words or less)
  • Your CV
  • Your work (no more than 3 examples)

Send: applications to & questions to
The application period will remain open until November 18, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. PDT

The BeLaboured Project is a joint project of the Canadian University Press (CUP) and Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) made possible with funding from the Atkinson Foundation.