Projects

Stuck - IRP Project
2018

Stuck.

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Stuck. follows the journeys of migrants throughout Turkey’s two-tiered immigration process, and shows the labyrinthine system than non-Syrians face as they try to start new lives in Europe.

Reported in Turkey
Awards Canadian Online Publishing (Best Article or Series)EPPY (Best College/University News Feature)
2017

Surviving the City

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By 2050, two thirds of the people in the world will be living in cities. This dramatic influx is putting pressure on urban life, and raising critical questions for the people living through these challenges. We travelled to China, Colombia, and India to document how cities are handling education, crime, clean water, safe food and rapidly expanding industries.

Reported in ChinaColombiaIndia
Awards Edward R. Murrow (Regional, Excellence in Writing)RTDNA Canada Network (Digital Media)Canadian Online Publishing (Best Article/Series - Silver)One World Media (nominated)Online Journalism (Pro-Am Student Award - nominated)
2016

Hidden in Plain Sight

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In the past two decades, Chile has emerged as one of Latin America’s most prosperous nations. But beneath the surface of this success story, people are struggling to have their voices heard amid growing social tensions. Fellows travelled to Chile to investigate why some of the country’s most vulnerable people—migrants and people who are HIV positive—remain hidden in plain sight.

Reported in Chile
Awards JHR/CAJ (Human Rights Reporting - nominated)Digital Publishing (Digital Initiative - nominated)
Person chained to tree in a prayer camp
2015

Out of the Shadows

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Mental illness is the leading cause of disability worldwide, but it remains one of the world’s most neglected diseases. We went to Togo, Benin, Jordan, and India to look at how some countries are addressing this major health challenge and coming up with creative solutions to bring mental illness out of the shadows.

Reported in TogoBeninJordanIndia
Awards Edward R. Murrow (Regional, Video News Series)Online Journalism (Pro-Am)Digital Publishing (Best Editorial Package)Webby Honoree (Green Category)One World Media (Short Film - nominated)Canadian Association of Journalists (nominated)
China's Generation Green
2014

China’s Generation Green

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How can China manage its dangerous water, contaminated soil, mountains of waste, and disappearing biodiversity? This series, reported by fellows from UBC and Shantou University in China, is about the generation who are openly and actively fighting to change the trajectory of the country to avoid disaster.

Reported in China
Awards Edward R. Murrow (National, Best Online Video News Series)Edward R. Murrow Award (Regional, Small Online News Video Series)Canadian Online Publishing (Interactive Story)Canadian Association of Journalists (Online Media)Sigma Delta Chi (Non-Deadline Reporting)
Logging in Cameroon
2013

CUT: Investigating Global Logging

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Where do the wood and paper products in our home come from? Interpol estimates that up to 30% of our wood is illegally cut by poachers, organized criminals, and corrupt governments and businesses. We traveled to Indonesia, Russia and Cameroon, to investigate the criminal, environmental and social consequences of the illegal timber trade.

Reported in IndonesiaRussiaCameroon
Awards Canadian Online Publishing (Best Video Feature)Webby Honoree (Green Category)Edward R. Murrow (Regional, Small Online News)
2012

Beneath the Boom

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In Brazil, economic and energy interests are clashing with environmental concerns; tensions are rising between indigenous people and ranchers, leading to violence and death. Fellows met with Guarani villagers and regional farmers in southwest Brazil to document murder, forced removals and land disputes that went unheard both within Brazil and around the world.

Reported in Brazil
2011

The Pain Project

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Morphine is considered the gold standard for medical pain treatment, as it is simple and cheap to make and distribute. But around the world, many can’t access any, and are left to suffer. We investigated why this is, and discovered that bureaucratic hurdles and the global war on drugs are largely to blame.

Reported in UkraineUgandaIndia
Awards Canadian Online Publishing (Video or Multimedia)Canadian Online Publishing (Online Publication - Silver)Excellence in Healthcare Journalism (Silver)
2010

Cheap Shrimp, Hidden Costs

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Although once considered a delicacy, today shrimp is one of North America’s favourite cheap seafoods. But plunging shrimps prices come with hidden costs. We investigated the consequences to Thailand’s labourers, forests, and marine ecosystems.

Reported in Thailand
Awards Online Journalism (Online Video - nominated)
Digital Dumping ground in Ghana
2009

Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground

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The world is trashing old computers and phones at alarming rates, sending hundreds of millions of pounds of dangerous electronic waste to lower-income countries. We travelled to Ghana to learn about the consequences of our disposable culture, breaking a major story about data fraud in the process.

Reported in Ghana
Awards Emmy (Investigative Journalism)Sigma Delta Chi (Best Documentary)Livingston Award for Young Journalists (nominated)