JHR recognizes strong human rights journalism through awards and professional development opportunities. Please see below for information on current and upcoming opportunities.
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.
2016-2017 GORDON N. FISHER/JHR JOURNALISM FELLOW
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.
2017 Applications are currently closed.
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.
Criteria: the award is for lifetime 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 5th.
More information can be found here.
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 2017 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 September 15th, 2017.
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.