The 2015 Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Montreal-based Radio Canada journalist Marie-France Bélanger for her project, “Le programme des tableaux Numériques Interactifs au Québec”.
That program, launched in 2011 by the Quebec government, replaced blackboards and overhead projectors with digital ‘whiteboards’.
“Four years later, many people still question this huge public investment of 240 million dollars. The program will be ending next year. It’s now time to see if it was worth taxpayers’ money. Does it really make a difference for students? Are teachers using the technology to its full potential? Those are among the questions I will try to answer thanks to the Michener Awards Foundation,” Ms. Bélanger said in her acceptance speech.
Ms. Bélanger has been with Radio-Canada since 1995, where she is currently a reporter.
She has been awarded fellowships by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, for reporting on topics that include the Vietnamese diaspora, fair-trade cotton in Mali, and the situation of women in Kenya. In 2004 she was nominated for a Judith Jasmin Prize.
Ms. Bélanger has a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from McGill University and a Masters in International Politics from Université de Montréal.