Kayla Hounsell was awarded a fellowship in 2016. Her project focused on the legacy of Ebola in Liberia, and how the country is working to prevent another outbreak.
Watch the documentary: After Ebola, CTV W5, November 5, 2016
The documentary was honoured with the Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity at the 2017 Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Network Awards.
IN KAYLA’S WORDS:
This project was driven by curiosity. I wondered about what was happening in West Africa since it was walloped by Ebola. I realized I didn’t know, and there was no easy way to find out, no one was telling the story, so I felt I should do something about that. It’s an important story because it comes from a part of the world often forgotten, because the rest of the world has a responsibility to be aware of what happened such that we may be able to act, and because it is a global public health concern we all need to understand should it ever happen again.
Kayla Hounsell is an award-winning journalist. She currently reports for CTV Atlantic News in Halifax, after spending time reporting in the Nation’s Capital, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. A proud Newfoundlander, Kayla left home for a post-secondary education at Carleton University’s School of Journalism. While at Carleton, Kayla spent two months in Rwanda training journalism students. In 2015, she traveled back to Africa to work on behalf of CTV with Journalists for Human Rights in South Sudan.
The Fellowship for International Development Reporting encouraged journalists to push the boundaries of daily foreign coverage – which is often focused on disaster or crisis – and set new standards for reporting on the developing world. Fellowship recipients were provided with $25,000 to undertake a substantial reporting project which helps Canadians develop a greater understanding of the complex issues facing the developing world.
The Fellowship has two objectives: to encourage ambitious foreign reporting during an era of tighter news budgets; and, to foster a community of Canadian journalists who share an interest in reporting original topics from the developing world.
The Fellowship for International Development Reporting was a joint initiative of the Canadian Association of Journalists(CAJ) and Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC).