Osgoode Hall Law School announces Journalist in Residence Program

TORONTO, January 30, 2017 – As debates about the future of media and journalism intensify, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University today announced the establishment of a new Journalist in Residence Program that will get underway this fall.

Applications from broadcast, print, digital and multimedia journalists are being accepted until Friday, March 24, 2017 for the new program, which is designed to explore stories about justice and legal education against the backdrop of Osgoode’s commitment to researching and teaching law in context.

“The Journalist in Residence Program will enrich and expand the ways law is taught, and how we share stories about justice and the impact of law in our society and in our world,” said Osgoode Dean Lorne Sossin. “We hope this program will enliven our approach to advocacy, reach, access, professionalism, and the potential for collaboration between the legal and journalism communities.”

Sossin said the Journalist in Residence Program will be funded in part from Osgoode's Fund for Innovation in Law & Media (FILM), made possible by a gift from Kathryn Podrebarac ’92, and the Art Vertleib Q.C. Fund, each dedicated to exploring the intersection of law, media and journalism.

Within the last few years, FILM and the Vertlieb Fund, made possible by a gift from Art Vertlieb ’72, have moved legal education forward by helping to fund innovative projects at Osgoode involving the use of creative media and visual advocacy to address social justice issues, educate the public about the law and the legal process, or as part of dispute resolution.

The Journalist in Residence Program welcomes applications for journalist projects focused on interpreting legal history, examining law’s realities today, and imagining law’s future, and is particularly interested in projects that will reflect and enhance the diversity of the Osgoode community and involve the School’s students.

For more information about the Journalism in Residence Program, including how to apply, please visit our website.

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Media Contact: Virginia Corner, Communications Manager, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 416-736-5820, vcorner@osgoode.yorku.ca