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JHR recognizes strong human rights journalism through awards and professional development opportunities. Please see below for information on current and upcoming opportunities.


Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) in partnership with Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) has launched the 2nd edition of the Human Rights Reporting Award in Jordan under the project “Expanding the Public Dialogue on Human Rights in Jordan through the Media” sponsored by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Amman. The Human Rights Reporting Award aims to encourage the production of high-quality human rights journalism that can have a positive impact within communities through promoting a constructive public dialogue around human rights issues.

About the Award

General Eligibility: Journalists are invited to submit one or a collection of stories that address a specific human rights issue from print and online written media that highlight a human rights issue of their concern.

Journalists are encouraged, but not required, to have included elements of data journalism. Stories must have been published by media outlets in Arabic.

Publication Date: Stories should have been published during the period from September 1, 2015 through October 30, 2016.

Submitting Entries: Applications are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied! Winners will be announced in December 2017

Date and location of the ceremony: The Human Rights Reporting Award will go to two human rights stories and will be announced at an official ceremony on December 2nd during the 9th ARIJ Conference at the Mövenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea at 7:00 pm.

The two award winners will receive media equipment.

Eligible format of stories: applicants are required to submit their stories published through one of the following mediums:

Print – newspapers or magazine publications: submissions must include a PDF copy of the stories.
Online – websites: submissions must include a URL address of an appropriate website that contains the story.

Judging Criteria:

Degree of difficulty in obtaining content matter.
Effective use of storytelling techniques, including clarity and narrative.
The breadth and scope of research undertaken.
The degree of change or action created from news coverage.
The legal knowledge.
Supporting material and resources used including creativity, originality and innovative reporting tools, such as data journalism.
The judging committee will consist of representatives from media and academia.

For media and applicants inquiries, please contact




The Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Journalism Fellowship at Massey College in the University of Toronto is an annual opportunity for a journalist from one of JHR’s program countries to participate in the William Southam Journalism Fellowship Program.

About the Fellowship

The Gordon N. Fisher /JHR Fellowship runs in tandem with Massey College’s Southam Fellowships and takes place over one academic year – September to May – at the University of Toronto.

Fellows can enroll in any graduate or undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto and have access to its many facilities. Fellows live at Massey College, a multi-disciplinary graduate residential college in central Toronto. The Fellowship is awarded in recognition for the chosen Fellow’s career contribution to human rights reporting in their country of operations. Fellows do not receive credits or degrees for work done during the year. The Fellowship covers travel costs and accommodation, all university fees, and a monthly stipend.

Funding has been provided by a generous endowment from the Alva Foundation to honour the late Gordon N. Fisher, a noted Canadian publisher of the Southam Press. The program is administered by Massey College in the University of Toronto, the host organization in Canada, with the support of Journalists for Human Rights.


RODNEY SIEHRodney Sieh Headshot

Rodney Sieh is founder and editor of FrontPageAfrica, Liberia’s leading newspaper of record. Twice imprisoned for his work as a journalist for exposing the ills and the corrupt, he was voted in 2014 among the top 100 Information Heroes in the world by Reporters Without Borders. The newspaper, FrontPageAfrica also received the 2014 Reporters Without Borders - TV5Monde Prize for Press Freedom.


Application Criteria 

  • Open to journalists from the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa.
  • 8 years’ experience working in media.
  • Currently full-time news or editorial employee at a newspaper, radio station, television station, magazine or news service. Freelance journalists who have been working consistently in the media over an eight-year period will also be considered.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Three letters of reference


Application Process

Applications for the 2017-18 Fellowship are open until January 15th, 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by February 3.

For details on the application process, please download the Application Information Pack and Application Form. 

Candidates should send in completed application forms + supporting reference material to

For more information on Massey College and the Southam Fellowship Program, please click here.


Funding for the Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Fellowship has been provided by a generous gift from the Alva Foundation to honour the late Gordon N. Fisher, a noted Canadian publisher of the Southam Press. The program is administered by Massey College in the University of Toronto, the host organization in Canada, with the support of Journalists for Human Rights.



The JHR/Canadian Association of Journalists Award for Human Rights Reporting

Each year, JHR partners with the CAJ to recognize the best in Canadian human rights reporting. This prize rewards journalism that puts a human face on situations where human rights are not respected and/or holds authorities to account to do a better job of protecting those rights. As a result, the story builds awareness of human rights and social justice issues, and shows the human impact and the human cost of abstract political and economic forces. Recipients receive public recognition for their work and a $1,000 cash prize.

To qualify, a story must also be international in scope.

HOW TO APPLY Applications for the 2016 award will open in January 2017.


Emerging Indigenous Reporter Internships and Bursaries

As part of the Indigenous Reporters Program, JHR supports professional development and educational opportunities for Indigenous Canadian journalism students or recent graduates.


JHR coordinates paid internships for emerging Indigenous journalists at some of Canada's largest media outlets, ensuring that a variety of First Nation, Métis and Inuit voices are represented in print, online and broadcast news. To date, interns have been placed at APTN, CBC Aboriginal, Global News, Wawatay Native Communications Society and Netnewsledger, gaining the tangible skills necessary to enter the competitive world of professional journalism.

Internship posting, APTN, Spring 2017

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is coordinating two paid internship opportunities, at Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), for emerging Indigenous reporters through its Indigenous Reporters Program.

Deadline: April 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST


To remove financial barriers to quality media education, JHR offers one-time scholarships to emerging Indigenous students. These funds are available to students at accredited journalism institutions in Canada and are granted on a yearly basis.

The Fall/Winter 2016 application period is now closed. The next round of scholarships will be posted in Spring 2017.


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