Toronto, ON (April 24, 2019) – Magazines Canada is delighted to announce that the third annual Magazines Canada Fellow is Sharine Taylor, a Toronto-based music and culture writer and editor. She is also the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of BASHY Magazine, a quarterly print and digital publication made by and for Jamaica and its diaspora. Currently a contributing writer at Noisey, she has written on and about Jamaica and Caribbean music, culture and news, and her bylines have appeared on Dazed, Nylon, The FADER, Hazlitt, Shondaland, ReWire, BuzzFeed, Pitchfork, in addition to many other notable publications.
Taylor’s Jamaican heritage largely informs her work and approach to media-making. Through BASHY Magazine, Taylor makes editorial space for her community by centering Jamaican identities and stories both on the island and in the diaspora. She also runs BASHY‘s skill-based incubator and mentorship program, Uprising, which provides media makers of Jamaican heritage with the tools needed to begin digital and print publishing.
“By matching emerging magazine talent with Canadian host magazines for a paid fellowship, the Magazines Canada Fellowship program invests directly in the future of our sector,” said Melanie Rutledge, Executive Director of Magazines Canada. “It supports a new generation of magazine professionals as they enter the Canadian magazine industry, gaining valuable experience, broadening their professional network and exploring stories that inform and engage. We congratulate Sharine on this achievement, and can’t wait to see what she does next!”
Every year, Magazines Canada Fellows have the opportunity to select their host magazine from eligible expressions of interest. Taylor has elected to work at Azure, an award-winning magazine based in Toronto that focuses on contemporary architecture and design with an international perspective and multidisciplinary coverage.
“We’re delighted that Azure Magazine will be the host of this year’s Magazines Canada Fellow, and we’re very excited to have Sharine Taylor join our publication. Her skills, experience, and strong journalistic voice will make her a valuable addition to our editorial team,” said Stefan Novakovic, Web Editor of Azure.
This year’s judges were Stephen Kimber, Professor, School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax; Chelene Knight, Managing Editor of Room Magazine in Vancouver; Brandi Morin, Alberta correspondent for CBC Indigenous in Stony Plain, Treaty 6 territory; Stephanie Verge, Executive Editor of Reader’s Digest Canada in Montreal; and John Yip-Chuck, Executive Director of Editors Canada in Toronto.
The judges were impressed by Sharine’s passion, initiative and drive to amplify voices that aren’t being heard. “Sharine Taylor is a natural storyteller. From a young age, Sharine recognized the power of magazines to inform, shape, and confirm the outlook and identity of its readers. The next generation of journalism needs to embrace new ways of storytelling that break the traditional template. Having Sharine in the writing, journalism and publishing world is going to be a game changer for all of us.”
Taylor was celebrated as the third annual Magazines Canada Fellow at the Magazines Canada reception, sponsored by Inovva, held during MagNet: Canada’s Magazine Conference at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
More information on the Magazines Canada Fellowship can be found at magazinescanada.ca/program/fellowships.
About the Fellowship Program
Magazines Canada Fellowships seek to develop the next generation of professionals working in Canadian magazine media. The Fellowship program was launched in 2016 to invest in the future of the magazine sector by supporting emerging journalists through a series of paid fellowships with Canadian magazines across the country.
Fellows work with a lead mentor at their host magazine, gain valuable experience and broaden their professional network. A Fellow’s salary is covered by the Magazines Canada Fellowship program and includes a contribution from the host magazine.
About Magazines Canada
Magazines Canada is the national trade association representing Canadian-owned, Canadian-content consumer, cultural, specialty, professional and business media magazines. French and English member titles offer a wide range of topics including business, professional, news, politics, sports, arts and culture, leisure, lifestyle, women and youth, made available on multiple platforms. The association focuses on government affairs, professional development, research, national marketing campaigns, and delivering services that meet the needs of the magazine industry. Visit magazinescanada.ca.
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