The heart of the golf media in Canada, the members of The Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC), along with sponsor Freedom 55 Financial, have awarded the Freedom 55 Financial Journalism Scholarship for the first time. The recipient is Kelly Hobson, who holds an undergraduate degree from Western University and is currently a Masters of Journalism Candidate at Carleton University.
Hobson, who has interned at the Edmonton Journal, swayed the four judge panel with her writing ability and multimedia skills. “Kelly’s writing was a notch above all the other candidates,” said Jason Logan, editor of ScoreGolf Magazine and GJAC scholarship coordinator, noting she also submitted an outstanding radio feature. “She’s an excellent example of the great journalists Canada’s schools continue to produce.”
The lucky winner receives $2,000 from Freedom Financial for the award. She was very pleased to learn that she had won the scholarship.
“This bursary gives me not only the means to pursue some of the sports stories I want to tell, but also the confidence in my abilities as a sports journalist,” Hobson said. “Incurring costs as a freelancer is par for the course, but with shrinking newsroom budgets, every piece is now a risk with slimmer chance of reward. I’m indebted to the Golf Journalists Association of Canada.”
“It’s an honour to present Kelly with this bursary,” said Mike Cunneen, Senior Vice-President, Freedom 55 Financial. “We believe in supporting Canadians in achieving their goals and dreams today and tomorrow. This bursary will hopefully help Kelly as she continues to pursue her goals.”
Hobson was also invited to attend GJAC’s annual Writing & Photography Awards ceremony and dinner this coming July at the historic Mississaugua Golf and Country Club.
You can follow her on Twitter @kellyhobson