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jhr and Media Development
Media development is a relatively underdeveloped sector of international development. Less than 0.5% of all international development efforts are media related. This is a shame.

Media development — and in particular Rights Media - is a necessary and vital component of all international development efforts. Without a thriving local journalism sector, there can be no effective means of communication between citizens and their governments. Good governance and respect for human rights depends on effective media that has the ability to create and inspire real change.

Our approach to media development sets us apart from traditional 'First Generation' media development organizations that focus on freedom of expression and the protection of journalists (e.g. Reporters without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Article 19)

jhr falls under the umbrella of 'Second Generation' media development. These organizations focus on strengthening the local media in countries with some level of freedom in the press. 'Second Generation' media development can be split into the following four separate categories:
  1. Infrastructure Building: These organizations tend to build media infrastructure where none previously existed. For example, Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression (CJFE) helped to build a printing press in Sierra Leone. Similarly, IMPACS built a radio station and a newspaper aimed at a female audience in Afghanistan.

  2. Content Production: These organizations focus on producing and distributing content that is aimed at creating some social gain. Generally, content is centrally produced and is then distributed to partner media organizations free of charge. Farm Radio International produces and distributes material relating to agricultural practices. Search for Common Ground produces material aimed at conflict resolution and distributes it to partner media organizations in countries like Sierra Leone.

  3. Training: These organizations focus on building the skills of journalism practitioners to do their jobs more effectively. This approach generally focuses on working with pre-existing media houses that have demonstrated sustainability. It also insures that local journalists are the ones producing content within the realties of their newsrooms. The BBC World Service Trust and the Institute of War and Peace Reporting focus on this area of media development.

  4. Rights Media: This is a new category of media development created by jhr. Rights Media combines capacity building efforts with a specific communication objective. In jhr's case, we build the capacity of local journalists to report more effectively on human rights, social justice and good governance issues. Rights Media provides local journalism practitioners with the skills to affect change on specific issues.

    Rights Media bridges a sometimes contentious divide between two camps in the sector: traditional 'media development' proponents and 'communication for development' practitioners. The former of the two focuses on developing infrastructure and professional capacity of media professionals and outlets. The latter focuses on getting particular messages into the public domain through the media. Rights Media does both — it focuses on building capacity of local media outlets to effectively get messages to the general public.
 
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Danny Glenwright Appointed JHR Interim Executive Director

Journalists for Human Rights is pleased to announce the appointment of Danny Glenwright, an award winning journalist and human rights advocate, as Interim Executive Director.

Mr. Glenwright will join JHR on June 23 and will lead the team during Executive Director Rachel Pulfer's maternity leave. 

Prior to JHR, Mr. Glenwright was Managing Editor of Xtra Newspaper in Toronto, and has previously worked with JHR in Namibia and Sierra Leone. As a journalist he covered stories on children’s rights, economic inequality, and gender-based violence, and has contributed to South Africa's Mail and Guardian news.
 
“As a journalism student I helped start the first JHR chapter at Ryerson University in 2003,” said Mr. Glenwright, “so it’s an honour to now be leading the organization as it continues to grow in Canada and around the world.”
 
Mr. Glenwright has a master’s degree in international cooperation and development from Italy's Pavia University and a certificate in risk reporting from City University in the UK. Mr. Glenwright was the editor of Gender Links news service in South Africa, and has previously worked in The Palestinian Territories, Mozambique, Rwanda and the UK.

Mr. Glenwright is recognized as a leading voice in gay rights and the role of media as a force for social change.


JHR is thrilled to welcome Mr. Glenwright back to the team. 
 


JHR Launches New Scholarship for Aboriginal Journalists

Journalists for Human Rights and Loyalist College are proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity for emerging Aboriginal journalists in Ontario.

The JHR and Loyalist College Aboriginal Reporters Scholarship will give two emerging Aboriginal journalists the opportunity to attend the Loyalist-Trent eight-week summer institute in journalism.
Scholarship recipients will study the fundamentals of reporting and technical journalism skills with students enrolled in the Trent-Loyalist Joint Major in Journalism.

Scholarship recipients will be selected from a talented pool of candidates who have participated in community-based media training during JHR’s Northern Ontario Initiative.

The Loyalist-Trent Summer Institute in Journalism will take place at Loyalist College Campus in Belleville, Ontario throughout May and June 2014. The scholarship will cover participants’ tuition and accommodation costs for the duration of the program.

Photo: JHR trainer Kimberly Stinson (center) leads a photography session with JHR project participants in Fort Severn.
Courtesy of Robin Pierro