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What is Rights Media?

  • What is Rights Rights Media
  • The Rights Based Approach

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jhr believes that a healthy media sector is a prerequisite for a healthy society. To achieve this we provide the platform for local media practitioners to produce effective Rights Media.

Rights Media is the process of writing, collecting, editing, producing and distributing media that creates societal dialogue on human rights issues.

Rights Media mainstreams human rights content into everyday news stories. For instance, a newspaper could create a section specifically on children's rights, or it could encourage its sports, business or even entertainment reporters to cover the human rights angles hidden within their stories.

Rights Media must be both ethical and objective to be effective. The credibility of the media-practitioners, journalists, news outlets and sources involved is crucial. All sides of rights issues - the good and bad - should be explored.

At its best, Rights Media is what the media should be. It is objective, entertaining, informative and life-changing. It shapes the way people see themselves and the outside world. It appeals to our higher instincts, not our base one.

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.
The Rights Based Approach (RBA) is an approach to development that is supported by the UN as an integral means of conducting sustainable development. It is based on international human rights standards and is directed towards promoting, enforcing and protecting the presence of human rights. The aim of the RBA is to integrate established human rights standards into the discussions, policies, conventions, and processes that address development.

To ensure that rights media is effective in creating change, jhr training activities focus on developing the journalism skills required to produce rights media that incorporates elements of the rights based approach.


Rights Media Framework

The voices of all involved are offered in the story: Rights media ensures that not only the events, but also the voices of those affected by the events are presented in the story.
Duty bearers and right violators are held accountable: Rights media ensures that those responsible are asked to speak to the rights violation or abuse.
Journalists do not discriminate when producing a story: Rights media does not discriminate by valuing one human right over another or group of peoples over another.
The media can empower the public: Rights media is accessible by the communities of those affected by the issue.
Stories include sources which link the event to human rights: Rights media ensures that human right stories source human right doctrines relevant to the event and community.
 
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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