Diving for data in Jordan

Jordanian journalist Remaz Mussa

Remaz Mussa investigated honour crimes using data journalism techniques he learned from JHR

JHR-trained reporter shines light on violence against women

Remaz Mussa knows firsthand that the best guarded secrets are exactly the ones worth exposing.

Using data-heavy research journalism, he galvanized international debate and discussion around the often silent issue of honour crimes in his Jordanian homeland.

Remaz, 26, started working on the honour crime stories after he attended a JHR training session. With help from JHR trainers, Remaz learned the basics of using data to develop human rights stories.

His pioneering reports were published in December 2014 on 7iber.org, an online magazine.

Reporting on honour crimes was challenging for Remaz. Many media outlets avoid the issue.  Although Jordan has an access to information law, it is hard to find publicly-available data to back up peoples’ stories.

Using skills he learned from JHR trainers, Remaz searched court records for data on honour crimes. He read the decisions in hundreds of cases, and developed a series of infographics showing how authorities have dealt with honour crimes in Jordan since 1995.

“I knew from the beginning that the preparation of the report will be very hard, especially with the lack of data,” said Remaz explained. “But I decided to do it.”

Remaz’s reports caused quite a stir – they were widely circulated on social media and cited in other outlets, including Human Rights Watch. The story also triggered debate in the Jordanian Parliament about whether or not the government should amend an article of the penal code, which allows a rapist to leave prison if he gets married to his victim.

Remaz is now setting his sights on the gender gap. He will use his JHR data reporting skills to investigate the lack of women in leadership in Jordanian politics and business.

JHR’s program in Jordan is generously funded by the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative and the UN Democracy Fund and by individual JHR donors. 

Meet JHR’s newest media trainers!

JHR’s newest media trainers have their boots on the ground – snow boots, in this case!

The Indigenous Reporters Program, JHR’s program to increase Indigenous voices in Canadian media, is sending journalism trainers to work in four remote Indigenous communities in northern Ontario.

Over the next eight months, the JHR trainers, in partnership with Wawatay Native Communications Society, will establish regular news programming at community radio stations, provide media literacy training to community members and train select community members to report on, and from, their communities for Wawatay’s radio network and print publications, as well as other Canadian media. The trainers landed in the communities last week and a fourth trainer will arrive in Fort Albany First Nation in mid-May. Read more about them below!

Stephanie CramStephanie Cram is working with the community of Sachigo Lake First Nation. Through community radio Stephanie got a taste for journalism, and over the years she has volunteered at several community radio stations. While in school at Concordia she was part of the CKUT News Collective, producing content for the program Off the Hour, and she also helped spearhead The Link Radio program on CJLO. Since graduating from Concordia University with a diploma in journalism, she’s worked in television documentary production.  Before going into journalism, she received a Masters degree of Arts in Sociology from the University of Victoria.

Ophira HorwitzOphira Horwitz is a Community Journalism Trainer in Sandy Lake First Nation. She has volunteered and worked at CHUO 89.1 FM and CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa and currently coordinates the National Campus and Community Radio Association‘s national news show GroundWire. Community radio plays a crucial role in sharing knowledge and skills and is important in empowering communities to speak about and for themselves. Ophira believes that this program is the perfect place to develop and nurture a more diverse media by working with often marginalized individuals to create a more representative landscape.

Brandon MacLeodBrandon MacLeod will be living in and working with Weenusk First Nation. Brandon previously worked as a reporter and Editor for the Bonnyville Nouvelle online and print editions. More recently, he worked as a freelance writer and photographer in Victoria, BC, as well as a tutor with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. Brandon earned a Diploma in Business Administration from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at Concordia University College of Alberta, where he wrote for the student newspaper, The Blue and White.


Investing in emerging Indigenous reporters

JHR is investing in outstanding Canadian Indigenous journalism students with scholarships to post-secondary journalism and media programs. All of the successful candidates will be continuing their studies in September 2015. Learn more about each recipient below!

Tawnya Plain Eagle

“I entered journalism to properly tell the stories of my culture and people, and represent all First Nations across Canada.”

Tawnya Plain Eagle is a second-year Digital Communications and Media student at Lethbridge College. She is from Piikani Nation and plans to become a Jingle Dress Dancer. She became a reporter to counter stereotypes and combat negative attention towards Indigenous issues. After graduation, Plain Eagle wants to bring her knowledge and experience back to her home community in the hopes of encouraging more teens to become journalists.

Corey Jacobs

“Indigenous storytelling is the most creative. There is a lot of opportunity to grow as an Indigenous journalist.”

Corey Jacobs is a first-year journalism student at Loyalist College. He is a member of the Crane Clan and is learning how to speak Ojibwe fluently. Issues of social justice and the environment influences his reporting, such as a documentary he worked on about an ancestral canoe journey close to Peterborough. Jacobs wants to create his own publication and report local news for small native communities around the Kawartha Lakes.

Stephanie Lee Joe“I get to live many lives in the stories I’ve been told and I think it’s a privilege.”

Stephanie Lee Joe is a journalism student at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The youngest in a family of eight, she found writing to be the only way to express herself. She became a journalist because she wants improve living conditions for Indigenous people. Stephanie would like to work for an Indigenous Broadcasting Corporation one day and travel to different Native communities to see how they live and record their stories for prosperity

Trevor Solway“Journalism is a very rewarding career; the act of sharing another’s story through the craft of writing, videography, and photography is gratifying.”

Trevor Solway is a communications student at Mount Royal University. He’s a Blackfoot from Siksika Nation—where he grew up on his grandfather’s ranch and learned the value of hard work. Storytelling in Indigenous culture inspired him to enter journalism. In the past five years, he worked for a bi-weekly newspaper, helped produce 12 films and created two documentaries. Solway plans on gaining knowledge and wisdom in Canadian media after graduation.

April Johnson

“I feel that navigating my film and media skills towards journalism will allow me to support the Indigenous arts community as well as the growth and development of Indigenous media across Canada.”

April Johnson is a filmmaking student at Capilano University. From a young age, she found media arts as an antidote to the hard winters on the Muskoday First Nation reserve. Johnson is working towards a career in Indigenous media arts in Vancouver, B.C. and hopes to bring her skills back home. Through this scholarship April will be participating in the Loyalist-Trent summer institute in journalism. 

Kyle Edwards

“I’ve found that there aren’t a lot of scholarships out there for Indigenous students studying journalism. This was a great opportunity for me to achieve my goals.”

Kyle Edwards is a second-year journalism student at Ryerson University. He grew up on Lake Manitoba First Nation and after interning in a remote Indigenous community in Guyana, he realized he wanted to be a journalist. Stories on Indigenous culture and issues are most important to him. Kyle Edwards’ goal is to work at an established publication like the Toronto Star or The Globe and Mail.

Nicole Wiart

 “Finding a job in journalism isn’t always an easy task, and I want to be able to work somewhere that is in line with my own ideals, without having to worry about how much I’m getting paid.”

Nicole Wiart is a communication student in her final year at Grant MacEwan University. Growing up in a small town taught her the importance of keeping traditions alive and her love of storytelling led to a career in journalism. In the past, she worked at a community radio station and Global News. Wiart wants to combine her writing and broadcast skills to create multimedia content for the web.

Haydn Watters

“The industry needs more Indigenous storytellers. It is important that these types of stories are told.”

Hayden Watters is a fourth-year journalism student at the University of King’s College. In his spare time, he hosts an alternative radio show and plays in a band. He hopes to work in broadcast journalism to report stories on everyday people—the type of stories he finds most important and memorable. Watters is the recipient of the 2015 Donaldson Scholarship for Journalism and will continue his studies as a graduate student at Ryerson University in the fall.


“Journalism is the only balanced and fair way to get information out to the public, and if we want our voices to be heard, we have to be on the front line doing so.”

Candice-Rose Gagnon is a journalism student at Loyalist College. She is an emerging reporter, keen photographer, avid traveller and talented painter. She believes in the importance for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous reporters to collaborate in order to bring out more objective and in-depth stories from the community. One of her future goals is to capture the lives of Indigenous communities around the world through documentary projects.

Looking ahead, JHR will support six intrepid young journalists this summer as they intern at  Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and Global News newsrooms, adding much needed balance and Indigenous perspective to Canadian storytelling and paving the way for a new generation of reporters to relay the information that matters to us all.

JHR’s scholarships for Canadian Indigenous journalism students are generously supported by The RBC Foundation, The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation, The Donner Canadian Foundation, and The Canadian Commission for UNESCO.  


Alumni Spotlight: Al-Varney Rogers champions mental health in Liberia

JHR-trained reporter Al-Varney Rogers

JHR-trained reporter Al-Varney Rogers

For Al-Varney Rogers, a JHR alumni and reporter at Front Page Africa, nothing was sweeter than seeing the Liberian government announce a bill to help mentally ill people across the country.

Al-Varney, 28, has been reporting on the lack of a mental health policy, training, treatment, funding, and the stigma associated with mental health issues since 2012. He was overjoyed when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced  the legislation in her State of the Nation address in January.

Many believe that it is thanks to Al-Varney and his sharp, consistent reporting that the president finally decided to take action. “With very few other journalists in Liberia reporting on this topic at all, let alone with Rogers’ perseverance, I don’t think the proposed legislation would exist without him,” says Travis Lupick, a Journalists for Human Rights trainer who worked with Al-Varney in 2012.

Al-Varney studied mass communication at the University of Liberia and worked closely with Travis on human rights stories. “JHR taught me generally on reporting on human rights abuses and mental health is no exception,” he explains. “I’m happy to be associated with JHR. They took a student doing journalism and turned him into a full journalist who is reporting for one of Liberia’s best newspapers.“

Al-Varney became interested in mental health reporting after taking a seminar on reporting on mental health with Dr. Janice Cooper of the Carter Center. Dr. Cooper spoke to the aspiring journalists about mental illness, mental health and best practices for reporting on them.

Inspired by the workshop, Al-Varney started regularly reporting on mental health with Travis’ support.  One of his first stories in the area was about the struggle to rebuild Liberia’s mental health sector after years of civil unrest. “Reporting on mental health issues has become a passion and something I feel obligated to do,” he explains.

“Al-Varney deserves the vast majority of the credit for his work,” says Travis. “But I think it’s fair to say that it was JHR and the Carter Center that helped spark his interest in reporting on mental health.”

Al-Varney knows first hand what havoc mental illness can bring. He watched a family member become ill and suffer tremendously. But he also saw – with support and treatment – that family member recover and go back to work.  “When I see mentally ill people wandering the streets of Monrovia it pains me,” says Al-Varney. “Because I know with family support and an improved mental health programs by the government they, too, can get well.”

When Al-Varney first began reporting on mental illness there was only one medical facility that dealt with mental illness in Liberia. And it only had 20 beds. The lone facility was supposed to serve a population of 3.5 million. There were less than 30 mental health doctors and only one practising psychiatrist, he says. What’s more, he explains, many people thought those suffering mental illness were bewitched.  

The government announcement bring him hope, but the work is not done. “I will continue to shine a light on mental health issues and I will follow this legislation until it is passed into law,“ Al-Varney says. Spoken like a truly committed human rights journalist.

By Debra Black for Journalists for Human Rights 

Investing in emerging Indigenous reporters

Jaydon Flett was one of the first recipients of a JHR-sponsored internship for emerging indigenous reporters.

Jaydon Flett was one of the first recipients of a JHR-sponsored internship for emerging indigenous reporters.

19-year-old Cree reporter Jaydon Flett may soon become a household name. She’s not only the most recent journalist to complete JHR’s Emerging Reporters internship at APTN, but she’s now their youngest full-time journalist on staff. And like many others before her who have achieved great things, she credits her success to hard work and determination.

“At first, I was discouraged when my story pitches got rejected, but then I began to be persistent,” she says. “I’d sell my idea and fight for it when I knew it was worth the time and effort. I proved that I could tell a story and put it together well, visually. I earned trust and, in turn, gained confidence in my work.”

And it didn’t take long before that trust and confidence paid off: even before her internship was over, producers were approaching her about staying on full-time, a qualified feat for any young reporter.

Her tenacity also endeared herself to her colleagues, earning her the nickname “Trial-by-Fire” Jaydon.

“I’m still a fresh face here at APTN, but the director, producers, assignment editor, shooters, editors and everyone else have been greatly supportive and are always giving me tips and critiques to help me improve.”

And while she’s certainly growing rapidly as an intrepid young journalist, she will always remember how it all began.

“Although I am now a reporter, I don’t want to forget that this all started with an amazing internship opportunity,” she says.

JHR is currently accepting applications for summer internships at APTN and Global News.

Putting human rights on the feature page in South Sudan

Parach's ground-breaking story on children's rights during South Sudan's civil war.

Parach Mach’s ground-breaking story on children’s rights during South Sudan’s civil war.

Press freedom. In many places, it is a challenge for journalists to report freely at the best of times. But when conflict or civil war breaks out, media outlets are often pressured to steer clear of reports that show the weaknesses of those in power. 

In South Sudan, where an ongoing civil war threatens democracy in the world’s newest country, reporters face daily challenges to get the news out and tell important human rights stories.

Recently, with support from a JHR reporting grant, Parach Mach, a young reporter with The Juba Telegraph newspaper, decided to take a bold step. Using skills he learned from JHR trainers, Parach decided to investigate the ongoing impact of South Sudan’s civil war on children. The well-balanced article exposed many troubling details, including the growing problem of child prostitution.

After he filed his story, Parach was worried it would never be printed. The Juba Telegraph historically avoids controversial issues. Stories that expose the dark sides of society or expose the weakness of the government are not encouraged.

 After many meetings and reviews, the editors at the Telegraph realized how many sources Parach had included in his story. His reporting gave all sides a voice – including the government – and the editors concluded  there could be no possible way of the article being seen  as one-sided or biased.

When the newspaper went to print, Parach’s article was the lead story in the Telegraph’s feature section. It took up almost the whole page!

One story in one newspaper cannot change will not stop the war in South Sudan. But Parach’s courageousness and dedication to a strong, well balanced human rights story is an important moment of standing up to expose injustice. And it is a huge step forward for press freedom in South Sudan.

Strong human rights reporting brings award to former JHR partner, Front Page Africa

Former JHR partner, Front Page Africa, won a Reporters Without Borders award.

Former JHR partner, Front Page Africa, won a Reporters Without Borders award.

For the staff at Front Page Africa, the news that they had won the 2014 press award from Reporters without Borders was an acknowledgement that their work and their efforts towards a free press in Liberia was making a difference.

“It is a really fulfilling experience to learn that our work exposing the ills in Liberia; the ills of corruption, nepotism, lack of accountability and transparency, human trafficking, prostitution, human rights abuses in whatever form the present themselves is finally being recognized,” says Rodney D. Sieh, senior editor and one of the founders of the newspaper.

But it’s not just Sieh’s determination to expose the ills in Liberia that have brought international prizes and recognition. Journalists for Human Rights has also played a role in developing and training staff there.  “Journalists for Human Rights have been one of our strongest partners and supporters,” says Sieh who has a graduate degree in media studies from Hunter College and worked with several U.S. newspapers.

“For almost two years, JHR trainers worked with our reporters and editors as mentors. The trainers travelled with our reporters to some of the remotest parts of Liberia to bring to life the stories that matter, stories that highlighted rights abuses in all forms especially poverty, lack of nutrition and healthcare in areas outside the city and the conditions of those languishing at the bottom of the economic order.”

“Their work here was innovating and rewarding not just for the reporters and editors but for our paper,” says Sieh of the JHR. “It certainly took a load off us to have mentors that show our reporters the ropes, show them what kinds of stories to look for, what kinds of questions to ask and how to write about human rights issues.”

Travis Lupick, a reporter and editor at Vancouver’s Georgia Straight, worked in 2012 as a trainer for JHR in Liberia. He recalls the efforts of the young journalists as an “inspiration.” They took their lead from Sieh and fellow senior editor Wade Williams.  “Hard work, compassion, and relentless pursuit of the truth make Front Page a worthy recipient of this award,” says Lupick.

“The award represents everything we aspire for, everything we tried to accomplish as an independent newspaper and everything we feel the world should pay attention to. It shows that our efforts in trying to bring to light those ills affecting the voiceless and hopeless people is drawing attention and the world is taking notice.”

Sieh, a 44-year-old veteran journalist who also worked for the Monrovia Daily News and was a correspondent for the BBC in Gambia, knows only too well some of the dangers of working as a journalist. When he was in Gambia, he was forced to flee after he reported on the arrest of his uncle who ran the independent Daily Observer.

More recently, he was jailed in August 2013 and eventually released in November over a story the paper published involving the then Minister of Agriculture who was fired and $6 million of unaccounted funds.

Based in Monrovia, Front Page Africa began as an online publication in 2005 during the aftermath of the civil war. The goal was to keep a check and balance on the new government, says Sieh. Then in 2009, Front Page Africa launched a print version.

Front Page Africa and its reporters have also won a number of other awards in recent years, including the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Press Freedom Award and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Award.

As for the future of Front Page Africa, Sieh says: “We have always been a thorn in the government’s side because the stories we tell hit the nerve centre of the government and issues they tend to ignore. The award will no doubt give those at the helm of power second thoughts in how they approach and try to muzzle us in the future.”

-By Debra Black for Journalists for Human Rights


From broadcast to buildings. The power of one strong story.

 JHR-trained reporter Alponse Nekwa receives the 2011 Human Rights Reporting Award for his work with disabled people.

In this video, JHR-trained reporter Alponse Nekwa explains his work with disabled people and the impact on political participation.

Back in 2011, when Alphonse Nekwa Makwala started reporting on the Congolese presidential election, he had no idea that his TV reports were building the foundations for a school.

Alphonse is a multi-talented reporter based Matadi, the biggest city in the province of Bas-Congo. He runs the local JHR press club and the independent news website InfoBasCongo.net, and he freelances for the Syfia Grands Lacs press agency. He is always on the lookout for stories with strong human rights focuses.

During the presidential election campaign, Alphonse investigated how people with disabilities  - especially people with hearing and speech impairments – exercise their right to vote. And what he found was shocking.

Most people with disabilities lived in poverty, because they couldn’t find a job. And because most news about the elections came through radio or TV broadcasts, people with hearing disabilities had no access to information about the candidates or their platforms. Very people with disabilities bothered to vote because they barely knew who the candidates were.

Clearly, people with hearing and speech disabilities were being excluded from national political participation and government representation.

Alphonse also reported that the local government had not released funds that were promised for building a school for hearing and speech impaired people.

When Alphonse’s story was broadcast on national TV in 2011, people in Bas-Congo started to act. Church leaders, teachers, and advocates for the disabled community pressed political parties to include hearing impaired people in their election campaigning. They demanded that the government release the money for the promised school.

Some change happened quickly. The provincial governor stepped in and required the leading regional TV station to provide sign-language interpretation during news broadcasts and popular TV shows. Suddenly, hearing-impaired people could watch the evening news with their families and keep up to date with the election.

But some change took longer. After months of pressure, the government released the money promised for the school. The land  was bought, and, slowly and carefully, the school building was constructed. And then the money ran out. There was a school, but no funds to pay teachers or buy equipment.

Finally, in 2014, the provincial government of Bas-Congo started to support the school’s operational costs. With a budget of about $1,200 Canadian Dollars every month, the school is now up and running. Children with hearing and speech disabilities are getting an education and learning valuable skills.

It is rare that political reporting can build a school, but Alphonse’ broadcasts in 2011 were the starting point for sustainably improving education and helping a marginalized group of people exercise their right to political participation.


Fighting Ebola in Liberia – frontline reporting in a crisis

JHR-trained reporter, Kolubah Akoi, covers  the Ebola crisis in Liberia with a rain coat and boots, and plastic gloves for protection.

JHR-trained reporter, Kolubah Akoi, covers the Ebola crisis in Liberia with a rain coat and boots, and plastic gloves for protection.

Kolubah Akoi didn’t start out to be a hero. But when the Ebola crisis hit Lofa County in Northern Liberia in July, instead of fleeing, the JHR-trained journalist decided to stay and report on the impacts of the devastating disease.

Kolubah credits his JHR training for giving him both the skills and the courage to stay and report on the epidemic. “I said to myself, I was trained as a Human Rights Journalist, trained to serve humanity,” he explains. “As a Human Rights trained journalist, there are human rights issues that need to be reported and if I leave who will inform the world? The government shut the road and quarantined the entire county without providing food for us. Who will tell the story behind the barricade?”

After graduating from the University of Liberia, Kolubah wasn’t working as a full time reporter when the Ebola outbreak began. But in July, he saw a man on the street bleeding from his ears, vomiting, and calling for help. Kolubah posted a photo of the man on Facebook and asked for someone to come and take him to the hospital. But no one came. The local Ebola Treatment Unit operated by Samaritan Purse was way past capacity – with 75 patients.

“From that moment everything changed in my life,” Kolubah explains. Family and friends begged him to leave. He considered leaving, but decided to stay and cover the epidemic. “No news is worth dying for,” he acknowledges. “But I felt guilty in my heart for those that were dying before my very eyes and (I) needed to let the world know.”

He systematically reported on the number of people getting infected each day, posted photos of victims and told stories of survivors and the victims on his Facebook page. Kolubah’s photos and stories were picked up by international media.

What he saw shocked him – a “collapsed health care system, frightened nurses and doctors and ordinary citizens.” But throughout his reporting he remained steadfast to his mission – telling the world about events in Liberia. At first, he reported without ideal protective equipment – no hazardous material suit or triple layered surgical gloves or face masks. Instead he used a rain coat, rubber boots and socks on his hands. He has a protective PPE suit now, but covering the crisis is still risky.

Kolubah interviews a 13 year-old girl who lost her entire family - ten people - to Ebola.

Kolubah interviews a 13 year-old girl who lost her entire family – ten people – to Ebola.

Says one of his JHR trainers’ CBC Radio’s Bonnie Allen: “I believe Kollubah’s coverage made a real difference. His reporting can be crediting with convincing people that Ebola is real, and deadly, and for helping to change risky behaviours…The JHR training he received seemed to light a fire in him, and he’s been dedicated to exposing human rights issues ever since. He became a critical source of information at a time when misinformation was largely to blame for the deadly virus’ spread.”

Kolubah received his JHR training while he was at the University of Liberia and he was a founding member of the JHR Liberia student chapter and its first president. The training he received was invaluable, Kolubah said. Not only did he learn how to navigate social media thanks to the training, but also had a broader understanding of human rights issues such as abuse and human trafficking and international human rights laws. He is indebted to the organization for the skills he has learned. And believes he wouldn’t have been able to report on the crisis without the JHR training. “JHR has been a game changer in my professional development as a journalist.”

He questions what took journalists from the rest of the world so long to cover the outbreak. “I just wondered if Ebola had not entered Monrovia, USA or other parts of the world, would there be the excessive coverage and response that we are seeing right now.”

Kolubah files a story on Ebola from Liberia.

Kolubah files a story on Ebola from Liberia.

“Kolubah was one of the only people prepared to stay in Lofa and update the world on what was happening there – whether it was information that the government wanted out or not,” adds JHR trainer and BBC Ivory Coast correspondent Tamasin Ford. “He’s incredibly courageous and I’m convinced his efforts helped to shine more light on what has been happening in Lofa – and in turn mobilize more people to do something about it.”

For his efforts and his remarkable use of social media to tell the world about the virus, Kolubah has been named a Humanitarian Hero by both the United Nations and the African Union.

 – by Debra Black for JHR

JHR-Trained Journalist Named Best Female Reporter at Sierra Leone National Media Awards

Mabel Kabba was awarded Best Female Reporter at the Annual National Media Awards in Sierra Leone.

Mabel Kabba  (right) was awarded Best Female Reporter at the Annual National Media Awards.

Mabel Kabba, a rising star at Radio Democracy, was recently named Best Female Reporter by the Sierra Leone Independent Media Commission at the annual National Media Awards.

Mabel began working in Radio six years ago, and is one of five female journalists at her station. In 2013, Mabel worked with JHR Trainer Redmond Shannon on human rights stories focusing on food security, girls education, and the rights of the disabled.

As Mabel’s interviewing, storytelling and editing skills grew with JHR mentorship, her radio reports became compelling documentaries of challenges faced by Sierra Leoneans. Even reporters at a competing radio station described her work as “brilliant.”

Investigating why street traders were selling expired food, Mabel spoke to the Ministry of Agriculture, the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau, and young men who scour the dump for expired cans of food. With her JHR trainer’s guidance, Mabel used ambient sound and diverse voices to bring the story to life.

Mabel continues to use the skills that she learned from JHR in the newsroom at Radio Democracy, and at JHR we are thrilled that she is being recognized for her work. Congratulations Mabel!