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2022 Mark Rosenfeld Fellowship in Higher Education Awarded to Jadine Ngan and Tahmeed Shafiq

2022 Mark Rosenfeld Fellowship in Higher Education Awarded to Jadine Ngan and Tahmeed Shafiq

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) has announced that Jadine Ngan and Tahmeed Shafiq are the recipients of the 2022 Mark Rosenfeld Fellowship in Higher Education. The fellowship aims to combat the lack of investigative reporting in Canadian media about Canadian higher education. Jadine Ngan and Tahmeed Shafiq will work together to produce a story in The Walrus about campus suicides.

“As student journalists, Jadine and Tahmeed lived through the campus mental health crisis and produced sensitive reporting on the subject. I’m excited to see them take their reporting to the next level and work with them on this ambitious project,” said The Walrus Features Editor Carine Abouseif.

Jadine Ngan was a finalist in the Best Emerging Writing category at the 2021 National Magazine Awards. She was nominated for her piece in The Walrus, “A Lonely Year on Campus.” She is a writer and photojournalist who examines how lived experiences intersect with broader systems. Her bylines include The Walrus, Toronto Life, and Maisonneuve. At the University of Toronto, where she is finishing her undergraduate degree, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of U of T’s student newspaper, The Varsity.

Tahmeed Shafiq is an aspiring data journalist interested in stories that are both complicated and deeply human. Most recently, he was the managing editor of The Varsity. This is the first time that Tahmeed will be writing for The Walrus.

“This is our third significant feature developed through the OCUFA fellowship,” said Jessica Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of The Walrus. “We’re pleased to publish a timely story on an important subject—mental health—led by two exemplary young journalists.”

The previous two stories OCUFA has supported in The Walrus, “The Shadowy Business of International Education” and “Inside the Mental Health Crisis Facing College and University Students”, have both been recognized for several awards.

The Walrus congratulates Jadine Ngan and Tahmeed Shafiq on their new fellowship. Their finished feature will be available to read in The Walrus print magazine and online at Read more about the fellowship on the OCUFA website.

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