April 14, 2010

TUJ student Jeremy Rubier won first prize in the Swadesh DeRoy Scholarship for 2009-2010, a competition sponsored by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ). Jeremy’s documentary video “New Media vs. Old Media in Japan,” which looks into the media choices of young people in Japan today and the decline of newspapers, was chosen from 24 entries (19 essays, 1 photo story, 4 videos). Jeremy received a scholarship of ¥300,000 to further his entry into journalism.

Jeremy commented, “When I left Montreal for Tokyo, I had only one idea in my head: shooting as much as I can! I took advantage of all the opportunities for shooting here that I could, and was able to build a strong portfolio which will allow me to become director in a near future. I’m really honored to have won this award, and this money will help me to finally buy my own camera. I hope that it will also help me to find a job here, to be able to stay in Japan, and to learn everyday.”

The award winning video can be viewed here.

The Swadesh DeRoy Scholarship was created in honor of respected career journalist and FCCJ member, Swadesh DeRoy, to encourage and support university students interested in entering the journalism field. A number of TUJ students enter the competition every year, and 2010 marks the fourth consecutive year that a TUJ student has won the scholarship.