During my last year of graduate school at UBC Journalism, I had the opportunity to work as an International Reporting Program (IRP) fellow. In partnership with major media organizations, IRP is a fellowship of journalists committed to covering under-reported issues.

I traveled to India in December 2014 to report on community-based mental health care with a team of three other student journalists, UBC Journalism professor Peter Klein, and Dr. Videsh Kapoor of UBC Medicine. Together with six other fellows, we took a look at mental health solutions in under-resourced countries, combining our reporting to span stories not only in India, but Benin, Togo, and Jordan.

Our award-winning multimedia project, Out of the Shadows, went live in Fall 2015 and has been featured on Al Jazeera and in The New York Times. Take a look at the project here.

Emily Fister - Parveen (Pune, India)

Photo: Emily Fister

In 2013, I took an art class at Western University that emphasized fashion as a historical and socio-cultural study. Our final assignment was to design a garment for a survivor of a fictional “zombie apocalypse.” Drawing inspiration from the fashions of the Great Depression and World War II, we constructed a well-researched narrative around the piece.

The class’ work is now exhibited online. You can check out the project info here and the gallery here (I’m number 22).

Zombie Apocalypse

In the summer of 2012, I had a travel blog chronicling my adventures as a journalism intern in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Check it out here.


As one of three interns, I helped maintain the campaign site for “Stop 114A,” an anti-censorship initiative by the Centre for Independent Journalism.

Stop 114A

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