Giuliana Grillo de Lambarri named 2024 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholar

Giuliana Grillo de Lambarri in front of the Journalism newsroom

Fourth-year Journalism and Political Science STUdent Giuliana Grillo de Lambarri was recently named one of the 2024 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholars.


The Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship is offered to aspiring journalists nationwide. Over 16 weeks, Scholars get valuable hands-on experience in all areas of multi-platform news, working in digital, radio, and television. 


"As a Donaldson Scholar, I want to continue doing my best to serve this community through journalism, which has received me with open arms, and continue to explore topics that interest me, such as immigration and labour rights," said Grillo de Lambarri.


"The guidance I received from amazing professors in the Journalism program and the connections I've made with other talented journalists through STU have helped me develop as a journalist."


Grillo de Lambarri, originally from Lima, Peru, came to STU for opportunities to develop herself as a journalist. She began as a shy volunteer writer for the student-run paper, The Aquinian, and through amazing mentorship, she gained the confidence that allowed her to rise to senior writer, then news editor, and currently she works as The Aquinian's editor-in-chief.


"With every passing team at The Aquinian, I evolved my writing, reporting, and editing skills and formed meaningful connections with my fellow editors and volunteers," said Grillo de Lambarri.


"In addition to what you learn in class, The Aquinian allows you to meet passionate editors helping take your reporting to the next level."


For Grillo de Lambarri, the Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship is an important stepping stone for her future career. It will allow her to work in a reputable newsroom and help her enter this competitive industry. She is excited about the opportunity this scholarship presents to continue covering international news that she can connect back to her Political Science studies at STU.


"I love journalism because it allows me to broaden my understanding of different topics and meet different people. Everyone has a story to tell, and I offer people a listening ear and an open mind," she said.


"We have had a long association with the CBC Donaldson program, and we appreciate the opportunities this scholarship has offered STU graduates," said STU Journalism professor Philip Lee.


"Past Donaldson scholars from STU are now working for the CBC and making important contributions to journalism in Canada. I expect the same when Giuliana begins her work with the CBC this spring. Giuliana has been an exceptional student and campus leader with curiosity, courage, open-mindedness, and empathy. We wish her all the best as she begins her work as a Donaldson scholar this spring."


The Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship program runs annually from mid-May through late August.


Journalism at STU


The Journalism program at STU prepares students to work in all aspects of news and current affairs production. Courses teach a combination of fundamental skills in writing, presentation, and production but also stay ahead of changes in the media landscape to offer classes on podcasting, documentaries, and digital journalism.