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Corus Entertainment and Global News supporting student journalism

Posted by: UR JSchool | On: 3rd Oct, 2019 | News

From left to right: Corus president and CEO Doug Murphy, Global Edmonton anchor and senior producer Gord Steinke, Corus Executive VP Broadcast Newtworks Troy Reeb and Global News Senior VP Ward Smith following Corus Entertainment’s donation of $21,000 to the School of Journalism.

Today Corus Entertainment (Global News) announced the creation of two new awards which will recognize and reward the academic achievement of students enrolled at the University of Regina’s School of Journalism.

Beginning in Spring 2020, Corus’s donation of $21,000 will create two $1,000 awards annually: the Gord Steinke Global News Undergraduate Award and the Gord Steinke Global News Undergraduate and Graduate Award.

Steinke, born in North Battleford and raised in Saskatoon, graduated from the School of Journalism in 1988.

“My degree opened up the doors to an exciting career that took me to newsrooms in Canada and the United States. To this day I rely on the research, interview techniques and the art of storytelling that I learned at jschool,” said Steinke, now an anchor and senior producer at Global Edmonton.

School of Journalism graduates now working at Global Regina, from left, Janelle Blakley, Allison Bamford, David Baxter, Sean Lerat-Stetner, Taylor Shire and Kellah Lavoie pose with Gord Steinke, a 1988 grad and anchor/senior producer at Global Edmonton.

In addition to Global News, Corus’s roster includes W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada.

“As a proud Canadian broadcaster, the provision of quality local and national news is one of the most important things we do,” said Doug Murphy, Corus president and CEO.

“At a time when truth and facts matter more than ever, it’s a privilege to support the next generation of journalism through this gift to the University of Regina.”

Steinke, who travelled to Regina with Murphy to make the announcement, said meeting the students who will soon be eligible to receive the awards meant a lot.

“I’m honoured to present this award and I’m excited to be able to share my experiences with up and coming journalists. In a time when the media is often under fire it’s important to highlight the need for good journalism and that the profession is still a worthwhile career to pursue with many opportunities.”