JHR recognizes strong human rights journalism through awards and professional development opportunities. Please see below for information on current and upcoming opportunities.
Criteria: the award is for achievement, and the individual or team nominated must have played a key role ensuring that human rights are front and centre of coverage. Further, through that person or team’s coverage, those who have historically been left out of important public conversations about issues that affect them are able to take their place, make their voices heard, and positive change has happened as a result of that work. Please nominate your contender, or nominate yourself, using the form below.
Nominations are due September 10th 2018.
For nominations and more information go here.
GORDON N. FISHER/JHR JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP AT MASSEY COLLEGE
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.
2018-2019 GORDON N. FISHER/JHR JOURNALISM FELLOW
LAGU JOSEPH KENYI
LAGU JOSEPH KENYI is a journalist from South Sudan and the former managing editor of the Juba Monitor (formally known as the Khartoum Monitor). Before joining the Juba Monitor, Joseph worked for several independent news outlets, including the Citizen, the Daily Mentor, the Hero Newspaper and 94.4 City FM Radio. His reporting on human rights and humanitarian issues earned him a Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship with the United Nations in New York in 2015. Joseph has freelanced for many international media outlets, including Voice of America, CBS, allAfrica, Reuters and the African Defense Review.
Applications for the 2019-20 Fellowship are open until February 15, 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be notified in the first week of March.
For details on the application process, please download the Application Information Pack and Application Form
For more information on Massey College and the Southam Fellowship Program, please visit http://www.masseycollege.ca/fellowships-and-programs/journalism-fellows/
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.
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.
Applications for 2017 are currently closed.
This year, Journalists for Human Rights and the National NewsMedia Council of Canada are pleased to introduce a brand-new award: the Fraser MacDougall Award for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting, recognizing the best new Canadian voice working on human rights reporting today.
The award winner will receive public recognition, a $1,000 cash prize and a place in the 2018 cohort of JHR Ambassadors – individuals whose work and conduct exemplify the best of JHR’s core principles of fostering human rights reporting to achieve positive change.
Nominations close May 15, 2018.
A shortlist of nominees will be announced two weeks out from the gala, and the nominee will be recognized at the gala.
More information can be found here.
Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) in partnership with ArabReporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) has launched the fourth edition of the Human Rights Reporting Award in Jordan.
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.
General Eligibility: Journalists are invited to submit a story 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 Jordanian media outlets in Arabic.
Publication Date: Stories should have been published during the period from October 30, 2017 through November 10, 2018.
Submitting Entries: Applicants are invited to out the submission form and email their entries to email@example.com.
Deadline: The deadline to submit the entries is November 20, 2018 (until 00:00 Amman time).
For more information, click here.