Global News' David Skok wins Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship

Global News is proud to announce that GlobalNews.ca Managing Editor David Skok has been named the twenty-first recipient of the prestigious Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship for study at Harvard University.

Skok holds the distinction of being both the first-ever acting Canadian online journalist in Nieman Fellowship history, and the first-ever Global News journalist to be selected for this honour. 

“We are honoured to have David represent Global News as our first Nieman Fellowship recipient,” says Troy Reeb, Vice President, News for Shaw Media. “This award is a testament to David’s strength and leadership as a working journalist within the digital sphere. We are confident that David’s sabbatical will help advance the ongoing dialogue surrounding online reporting in Canada’s media realm.”

Skok joins 10 other foreign journalists and 13 American journalists to form the 74th class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University. Beginning in September, 2011, Skok will take a one-year sabbatical from GlobalNews.ca to attend seminars and participate in study related to the journalism field, with his studies focusing on how Canadian outlets can maintain the distinct Canadian journalistic presence in a world of stateless news organizations.

“This selection demonstrates the Martin Wise Goodman Trust’s commitment to a strong, sustainable future for news in Canada,” says David Skok. “In the same way that television journalists pioneered reporting in that medium over 60 years ago, today’s digital journalists are utilizing new ways of storytelling that have the potential to shape the future of journalism. As a Nieman Fellow, I am very eager to further explore this concept.”  

Skok was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1978, and immigrated to Toronto in 1988. He holds a degree in political science from University of Western Ontario and a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University. In 2002, Skok was the winner of the prestigious Nightline Internship, and was given the opportunity to work alongside Ted Koppel at ABC News. He began at Global News in 2003 as an Associate Producer, moving up to become Broadcast News Producer, Online Producer, and Senior Producer before becoming Managing Editor for GlobalNews.ca.

The Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship is given out biennially by the Martin Wise Goodman Trust to a Canadian Journalist working in print, television, radio and online media. Established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation is the oldest fellowship program for working journalists in the world.  More than 1,300 journalists from 88 countries have received Nieman Fellowships.

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