Victoria Times Colonist reporter Katie DeRosa has been named the recipient of the inaugural James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship. DeRosa has been awarded $25,000 to pursue an investigation into the impact of Canada’s proposed tougher human smuggling laws on refugee claimants. Her completed project will appear in the Times Colonist and online later on this year. DeRosa, a 2008 graduate of Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication, previously received the Jack Webster award for excellence in journalism in 2011.
The fellowship is named for Jim Travers, a reporter, columnist, foreign correspondent and editor at the Ottawa Citizen and Toronto Star. Following his death in March 2011, friends and colleagues of Travers established the fellowship fund to finance significant foreign reporting projects by Canadian journalists.