jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)
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Our Impact
The impact of jhr's international programs is wide-reaching and powerful. We work hard to constantly monitor and evaluate the impact our programs are making, keeping us accountable and allowing us to constantly improve.

The following is a brief explanation of the different ways jhr is changing the world for the better. For specific examples of jhr's impact, click here.

Human rights awareness
jhr selects media partners that are wide-reaching and highly influential—allowing us to reach millions of people simultaneously with information on human rights in their own language. jhr estimates that the journalists it has worked with are now reaching over 20 million Africans with human rights information on a regular basis.

The resulting increase in public awareness has directly translated into improved human rights—people are better able to defend themselves and their loved ones from abuse.

jhr is working on a method to track its overall impact on rights awareness levels. It is a complicated procedure to isolate the media's impact on overall rights awareness and then to track improvements, but jhr is hopeful it can be accomplished.

Good governance and anti-corruption
The media, human rights, governance and corruption reduction are highly interconnected. When the media is able to pressure local governments to respect human rights, it improves governance standards in the process.

In addition, jhr's programs focus heavily on issues directly related to good governance and anti-corruption, including the right to vote, the right to assemble and the right to be treated without discrimination. jhr's programs are particularly effective in this respect during election time—ensuring the media acts as an effective watchdog on the democratic process.

Adding value to local journalists
In the process of running its projects, jhr has worked with over 2000 journalists across 16 African countries. The training they receive—in human rights, good governance journalism ethics, story structure, interview skills and technical skills — make them much better journalists. jhr's training activities are designed to provide trainee’s with a skill base that will serve them well for their entire career.

Communication and Dialogue
Good communication should be a two-way street. jhr's programs allow, often for the first time, the voices of those suffering rights abuses to be broadcast to the public. Vice versa, jhr's programs also allow government officials the opportunity to share their thoughts and efforts regarding human rights with the public. By creating open national dialogue on rights and governance issues, jhr is helping repair old rifts and providing hope for the future.

Adding value to international journalists
jhr has hired over 200 international journalism trainers to deliver our projects. Generally, they work for jhr for 6 to 8 months. During this time they acquire tremendous experiences, skills, and a detailed knowledge of the country they work in. jhr's programs are equipping international journalists with the skills to report more effectively and accurately on African issues—something that is sorely lacking at the moment.
 


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JHR launches new program in South Sudan 

Journalists for Human Rights has launched a new project to train journalists and journalism students in South Sudan, the world’s newest country. The two-year project will see JHR trainers working alongside South Sudanese journalists to help strengthen media and increase reporting on human rights issues.

"It’s the first time that a project has actually brought together all of the media actors in the country," said David De Dau, executive director of South Sudan’s Agency for Independent Media and the project’s implementing partner. "The skills and the knowledge that journalists gain in terms of covering human rights issues in the country may actually hold the government accountable."

The initiative is supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund and it will also employ SMS technology to increase access to information in South Sudan, where an ongoing internal conflict has made it difficult for journalists to safely do their jobs. Learn more about JHR's work in South Sudan.

The South Sudan project will get its official launch in Canada at Night for Rights, a fundraising gala for Journalists for Human Rights on September 25 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Lisa LaFlamme, chief anchor at CTV national news, and Masai Ujiri, general manager of the Toronto Raptors, will co-chair the event. Buy your Night for Rights tickets now!

Samuel Awami, of Tanzania’s The Citizen newspaper, and the 2014/2015 Gordon N. Fisher/Journalists for Human Rights Fellow at Toronto’s Massey College, will give the keynote address. Awami will speak about his experiences working with Journalists for Human Rights trainers to cover major human rights issues in Tanzania.

CBC News Network host Reshmi Nair will emcee the gala, which will also feature performances by Dragonette, the Juno Award-winning Toronto electro-pop band, and Torquil Cambell, lead singer of the Montreal-based indie rock band Stars.


Applications open: Bursaries and internships for Indigenous journalists and journalism students

Are you an Indigenous Canadian studying journalism or media at a post-secondary level? Recent graduate looking for professional experience?

Apply for a JHR bursary to support your studies or career!

JHR's new Indigenous Reporters Program is expanding diversity in Canadian media by supporting Indigenous students and journalists. Learn more about the bursary and internship program.

The bursary and scholarship program is possible through the generous support of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Want to know more about how JHR is working with Indigenous people? Get the details!


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