Two RSJ students have each won the vaunted Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship to work at the CBC this summer. The scholarships are awarded each year to top journalism students from across Canada, in a rigorous competition that begins in the autumn. Ryerson is proud of fourth-year undergraduate students Ilina Ghosh and Matthew Amha, who will begin their four-month scholarships at the CBC Broadcasting centre in May. Here is a bit about them:
Ilina Ghosh walked into the CBC’s Toronto Broadcasting Centre for her first desk shift at 18 years old. In the three years since, she has risen through the ranks of the organization, while earning her Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University. During her undergraduate years, Ilina interned at CBC News and worked at CBC Radio and The Globe and Mail. Throughout her young career, she has been inspired by the power of journalism to right wrongs, and she hopes to tell stories that effect positive change.
Matthew Amha is a first-generation Canadian, and Toronto-based journalist.
In the fall of 2017, he interned at CBC Radio’s flagship news program, “World at Six.” He has also worked across the Canadian campus media landscape – most notably enjoying stints as the news editor at “The Ryersonian”, and writer/editor for Ryerson Today.
Matthew is also the Editor-In-Chief and founder of, “Yonge Mag.” The magazine was created with 12 journalism students at Ryerson and came to occupy a unique place among the country’s top campus publications – operating as an incubator and sounding board for young people intent on critical engagement and pop culture.
We congratulate Ilina and Matt on this proud achievement, and we look forward to the months ahead to reading, listening to, and viewing their stories on the various platforms of the CBC.