For he's a jolly good Southam
THIS IS AN INVITATION with a story in the middle.
To Southam Inc.'s credit, the Southam Fellowships program has so
far been spared from the substantial cuts at the Southam Newspaper
Southam continues to invest every year in the human potential of
the Canadian journalism community, even when times are tough. (We're
reminded of what the late great Marty Goodman, our managing editor
when we worked at The Toronto Star, once said about the substantial
cost of upgrading the skills and knowledge of editorial staff: "It's
cheaper than going out of business.")
The 1993-94 Southam Fellows were chosen in May. Their names are
found in The Owl, the lively newsletter published by the
Fellows, as well as in THE WINNERS section of this edition of Sources.
An owl is the Fellowship mascot.
Oddly, fewer applications have been received in recent years than
previously. Oddly, because surely the prospect of a year off to
study whatever one wishes at The University of Toronto at or near
full pay must be as attractive as ever.
Your disobedient servant is a former Fellow who appreciated the
opportunity at the time and looks back on the year (okay, it was
1967-68) as a life-changing experience. It turned out to be the
first of three years he participated in the late Marshall McLuhan's
legendary happenings in the old coach house quarters of the Centre
for Culture and Technology.
Southam's director of human resources Tim Peters sent us former
Fellows a letter the other day saying: "Publicity has been
beefed up and will be again."
Peters added: "But Fellows report that testimonials from former
Southam Fellows are by far the most convincing to prospective applicants.
By autumn it will be time to talk to people about applying for 1994-95.
Please help us expand awareness of the program by personally encouraging
prospects to apply."
We don't know if this qualifies as "per-sonally encouraging"
but we're saying right here that anyone who might be eligible but
doesn't apply could be missing a tremendously enriching experience.
Consider alone the friendships you'll make as a Junior Fellow of
Massey College, especially with the other Southam Fellows in your
An ad inviting applications is published on page WIN-22. Take a
look at it. Think about it. Better still, resolve to apply. At least
send for materials. You never know your luck.
Published in Sources, Summer 1993
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