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Seven reporters join the Star for year-long internship

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The Star welcomes seven new, full-time, paid interns to its one-year internship program. Starting in January, journalists will join the Star team to report on local issues.

The seven journalists were selected from among hundreds of early-career applicants who applied to the programme, which provides practical experience and professional training for emerging journalists.

Ghada Alsharif: Ghada Al Sharif is a multimedia journalist who joined Star after three years of working as a journalist in Lebanon. There, she has covered issues such as the Beirut port explosion in 2020 and mass protests in 2019. She has covered politics, climate change, social issues, the economy and the courts. Prior to her experience in the Middle East, Al-Sharif completed a fellowship in global journalism at the University of Toronto’s Monk School of Global Affairs and has written for outlets such as CBC News and Quartz.

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Joshua Chong began working for Star last September as a breaking news reporter in the Radio Room.  A journalist and performing arts writer, he teaches English and Drama at the University of Toronto.

Joshua Chung: Joshua Chong began working for Star last September as a breaking news reporter in the Radio Room. A journalist and performing arts writer, he teaches English and Drama at the University of Toronto. Previously, he was an associate editor of The Varsity, the University of Toronto student newspaper. He received the John H. MacDonald Award for Excellence in Student Journalism for his work on an investigative series on allegations of discrimination and racism against blacks at Trinity College. Chung has also worked as a reporter for the Gleaner Press, a community newspaper in Toronto, and as an independent performing arts critic for several local art publications.

Clary Feinstein joined

Clary Feinstein: Clary Feinstein joins “Star” from Metroland Media, where she covers stories of education and humanitarian concerns in the Peel District. She graduated from the University of Toronto and received her MA from the Arthur Carter Institute of Journalism at New York University. Her work can be seen on the Daily Hive, where she has covered news, politics and COVID-19. Feinstein has also been published in Business Insider and Salon, as well as local New York-based publications. She is also the co-founder of Niv, a Jewish cultural magazine.

Maria Iqbal is a former reporter for the Hamilton Spectator, where she has covered aging and the COVID-19 crisis in the region's long-term care sector.

Maria Iqbal: Maria Iqbal is a former reporter for the Hamilton Spectator, where she has covered aging and the COVID-19 crisis in the region’s long-term care sector. She won an Ontario newspaper award for her journalistic work, including her multimedia series Living With Dementia. With a master’s degree in journalism from Ryerson University, Iqbal previously worked for The Globe and Mail and was the editor-in-chief of The Review of Journalism and The Medium at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Demar Grant is a Toronto-based arts and sports reporter.  He was the editor-in-chief of CJRU.ca, fronting the site's film section and expanding its coverage of news and music.
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Dimar Scholarship: Demar Grant is a Toronto-based arts and sports reporter. He was the editor-in-chief of CJRU.ca, fronting the site’s film section and expanding its coverage of news and music. Prior to that, he was a Tip of the Tower writer covering Toronto sports, particularly the Raptors. His feature article “The Nike Crown League Experience” was featured in the best anthology of Canadian sports writing. Grant is also the co-creator of the Album Mode podcast.

Billy Martens is a journalist who focuses on housing, disability, and other equity issues in underrepresented communities.  As a disabled journalist, she is determined to tell the stories that matter to her community.

Billy Martens: Raised in Vancouver, Billy Martens is a journalist who focuses on housing, disability, and other equity issues in underrepresented communities. As a disabled journalist, she is determined to tell the stories that matter to her community. She previously worked for CBC News British Columbia, National Post, and HuffPost Canada. She has also worked for four student newspapers and was the article editor for The Ubyssey, where her work led her to a finalist for Student Journalist of the Year at the 2021 John H. McDonald Awards.

Alicia Basavium is an Italian reporter and correspondent for Anishnabi, a member of the Chipwas of the Thames First Nation and a graduate of Western University.

Alicia Basafium: GTA resident Alicia Basavium is an Italian reporter and correspondent for Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Thames First Nation. A graduate of Western University, she is a first-generation undergraduate student with a Bachelor of Arts in Media, Information and Technology Culture and a Master of Media in Journalism and Communications. She was awarded the Norman Jason Scholarship for Admission for Academic Excellence in the Graduate School. Previously, Passafiume worked for The Globe and Mail and The Hamilton Spectator. She wrote stories about business, urban foraging, real estate, crime, employment, and the six neighboring states of the Grand River.

Bowden (left) and Cohen (right), former Star trainees, will continue their roles in the editing room.

Two former Star trainees, Olivia Bowden and Ben Cohen, will continue their roles as the star. Bowden was part of the COVID-19 team in the newsroom and helped produce the #VaccineTalk series, which has been shown in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu and Spanish. It also investigated allegations of sexual misconduct by a former Trinity College professor. Cohen has written short articles covering GTA, like this story about a pharmacist ringing the bell, a segment about an underwater land deal and a story about a 106-year-old COVID-19 survivor who got over 400 birthday cards after the story. he ran. Cohen will now join the Star cast covering COVID-19 as Bowden moves to covering the city.

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