WINNER NAMED FOR TWENTY SIXTH
MARTIN WISE GOODMAN CANADIAN NIEMAN FELLOWSHIP
The trustees of the
Martin Wise Goodman Trust announce that PACINTHE MATTAR, a Toronto based
journalist, producer and writer, has been awarded the twenty sixth
Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.
This fellowship is
funded by a publicly subscribed permanent endowment in memory of Martin Wise
Goodman, late President of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited.
Ms. Mattar will
join the 84th class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University. The fellowship carries a stipend for living
expenses and payment of fees to Harvard University.
|photo credit Taiwo Bah|
"This is a dream come
true, and I can still hardly believe it's happening to me,” Ms. Mattar
said after the Canadian Nieman Fellowship Selection committee awarded her the biennial
fellowship. “I'm so deeply grateful to the Goodman family for
extending me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and beyond humbled that I am
following in the footsteps of some of the best journalists by being chosen as
this year's Canadian Nieman Fellow. Thank you to the Martin Wise Goodman Trust,
and the Nieman Foundation, for supporting me in my goal to improve the field of
journalism at this critical juncture. I can't wait to get to spend the year
ahead at Harvard University where I will have time to follow my curiosity, my
interests, my passion, and share them alongside the other Nieman fellows who I
am so excited to learn from. I look forward to an invigorating, inspiring, and
game-changing year ahead." While at
Harvard, Ms. Mattar will study how newsrooms and newsmaking can adapt to better
foster, retain and promote Black, Indigenous and racialized journalists,
focusing on how diversity initiatives can go beyond surface-level platitudes
and lead to more representative newsrooms and coverage.
Pacinthe Mattar has most
recently been a senior producer at Antica Productions. She spent a decade at
the CBC where she covered everything from Middle East politics, pop culture,
race, refugees and migration, Indigenous issues and more. Her work received a
2018 Silver at the New York Radio Festival Awards, as well as a 2015 Gracie
Award. Her work has appeared on CBC, Buzzfeed, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, and
The Walrus. Her feature article, “Objectivity Is A Privilege Afforded To White
Journalists” for The Walrus was long-listed for the 2020 Allan Slaight
Journalism Prize. In 2018 she was selected as an Arthur F. Burns Fellow.
The Nieman Fellowships
were established for American journalists in 1938 in memory of Lucius W.
Nieman, founder of the Milwaukee Journal. It provides for a year of study for
working journalists in any department of Harvard University as well as a
seminar program. Previously, thirteen Canadian journalists had gone to Harvard
on this program under other funding, including Martin Goodman (Nieman fellow
class of '62).
Pacinthe represents the best of
Canadian journalism. The Selection
Committee was very impressed with Pacinthe’s editorial acumen, her courage, and
her commitment to improving diversity in the newsrooms of the future,” said
Jonathan Goodman, Chairman of the Canadian Nieman Fellowship.
Canadian Nieman Fellowship Selection committee consisted of Anne Marie
Lipinski, Curator, The Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University; Ed Greenspon,
President and CEO, Public Policy Forum; John Honderich, former Publisher of the
Toronto Star; Malcom Kirk, President of Canadian Press; Douglas Knight, Chair
and CEO of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards; Laura Lynch, Host of
CBC’s What on Earth, Karyn Pugliese, Assistant Professor Ryerson University;
David Skok, CEO & Editor-in-Chief at the Logic; Jonathan Goodman, Global
Managing Partner of Monitor Deloitte and Chair of the Canadian Nieman
Fellowship; Lauren Goodman, Administrator of the Canadian Nieman Fellowship;
and Janis Goodman, wife of the late Martin Goodman. Laura Lynch, Karyn Pugliese
and David Skok are former Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellows..