July 22, 2014 6:00 am

Blog: Off to Germany

Route from Toronto, to Washington, to Berlin.

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Today I fly out of Toronto to begin the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program.

The Burns fellowship is essentially an exchange program for journalists, operating since 1988. North American journalists visit Germany, and German journalists visit Canada and the U.S.

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Last year Canadian journalists were allowed to participate for the first time. This year, following a rigorous application process, I’ve been selected as one of nine young journalists from Canada and the U.S. who are visiting Germany.

The program starts with a week-long orientation in Washington, D.C. Then I’m off to Berlin, where we take two weeks of intensive language training because mein Deutsch is nicht so gut.

After that, I’ll be spending part of my time working at Die Zeit, a weekly German news magazine. I will be working with the investigative and data journalism unit at Zeit Online, the magazine’s web presence – very similar to my current position at Global on the investigative data desk.

The rest of my time I will be reporting and writing stories for Global News as an overseas correspondent. I’m particularly interested in looking at Germany’s ambitious green energy agenda – more about that here.

I hope you will enjoy the stories I will be posting between now and my return in October. Check back often for updates.

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