2012 Emerging Journalist Scholarship Winner
Sebastian J. Petion – Port-au-Prince, Haiti
The inaugural Journeys to the Edge Emerging Journalist scholarship was awarded to 29-year-old Sebastian J. Petion of Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2012. Petion attended the Langara Digital Film Production in Vancouver, Canada starting in September 2012.
Since returning to Haiti, Petion has applied his new videography and filmmaking skills to a variety of projects. He assisted the production of a CBS News story about the cholera epidemic in Haiti, and helped produce a CBS interview with Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. The Timberland Boot Shoes company, which has instigated a tree-planting program in Haiti, has hired Petion as a photographer. Journeys to the Edge also created a website for Petion that has helped connect him with journalists from around the world who travel to Haiti to cover stories. In addition to videography and photography services, Petion also acts as a ‘fixer.’ He assists journalists find accommodation, food, vehicles and connects them with the people they need to speak with to create their stories. He also offers translation services.
During his last few days in Canada, Petion created a short film documenting how much he enjoyed his stay in Canada and how much he learned from the Langara Digital Film Production course. You can watch it here.
Journeys to the Edge is proud to say that its support has helped Petion contribute to journalism within his own country. It has also enhanced his quality of life by providing him with a regular income, allowing him to keep his two young children in school.