Applications open for Visiting Journalist in Forestry

The School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia invites applications for its 2018-2019 Visiting Journalist in Forestry.

Chris Arsenault

Inaugural Visiting Journalist in Forestry, Chris Arsenault

This position is open to journalists with a focus on issues related to forestry or land management who wish to spend one to two weeks during the first three months of 2019 in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment with high calibre journalism faculty and students in Vancouver.

Our inaugural Visiting Journalist in 2016-2017 was Thomson Reuters’ Brazil correspondent Chris Arsenault. During his time at the School, he talked about his experiences about reporting in the Amazon Rainforest, teaching students about the environmental and ecological impacts of illegal logging actions in Brazil.

Last year, the School hosted freelance data journalist Carolyn Thompson who shared her insights into how businesses were exploiting South Sudan’s civil war by illegally exporting teak wood.

Details of the position

The importance and significance of forestry has been highlighted by a devastating season of wildfires in British Columbia in 2018, which consumed more than 12,984 square kilometres.

Forestry and land management topics may include, but are not limited to, the impact of crises like wildfires or sawmill closures in rural communities, Indigenous and community forestry, forest sustainability projects, agricultural development and the pine beetle infestation.

Other topics may include research into timber materials and products, timber and sustainable buildings, and innovative applications of timber.

The Visiting Journalist will be expected to come to Vancouver for one to two weeks during the January – April 2019 term.

They will conduct at least one workshop open to all UBC students, participate in existing courses at the School of Journalism, hold office hours for individual meetings with students and deliver a public talk, raising the profile of forestry-related issues.

The School of Journalism provides office space and administrative support, a robust research setting with high quality Master’s students and contact with other professors in the School, at UBC, and in neighbouring universities.

The School will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for the Visiting Journalist, together with an honorarium.

How to apply

  • Two-page cover letter detailing interest in the position and outlining the area of focus for the stay
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Please send your applications to Dr. Alfred Hermida, Director, UBC School of Journalism, at soj.director AT ubc.ca, with the subject line “2019 Visiting Journalist in Forestry”. Please direct any queries to the same email address.
  • Deadline for applications is Wednesday December 12, 2018.