Journalists for Human Rights recognizes the Ontario Trillium Foundation
for its support of the award-winning Northern Ontario Initiative.
TORONTO, April 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Tonight, at an event to celebrate strong
journalism in Canada and around the world, Journalists for Human
Rights, Canada's leading media development organization, will recognize
the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its $206,000 grant, made in March
2013, to support JHR's Northern Ontario Initiative.
To date, funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the
Government of Ontario, has supported journalism training for 48
emerging Aboriginal journalists, and media-literacy training for over
300 community members in six Northern Ontario Communities.
The Northern Ontario Initiative, a one year pilot program ending in June
2014, is a community-based media development project to increase
Aboriginal journalists' capacity to report on and from their
communities. The training focuses on creating linkages between local
and mainstream media, and expands participants' abilities to sell their
work to mainstream media outlets.
"Journalists for Human Rights has been delighted to work with Ontario
Trillium Foundation and Wawatay Native Communications Society on this
pioneering initiative, providing skills and opening up professional
networking opportunities for Aboriginal journalists to tell stories
about their communities," said Rachel Pulfer, executive director of
Journalists for Human Rights. "The goal is for Aboriginal journalists
and Aboriginal communities to engage with media in Canada in ways that
ensure they are truly part of the public conversation, not just the
focus of it."
The Ontario Trillium Foundation will be recognized for its support at
JHR's Spring Celebration. The public event takes place from 6:30 - 8:30 pm tonight at the Centre
for Social Innovation Annex, in Toronto, Canada.
The event will feature remarks on the Northern Ontario Initiative by JHR
Executive Director Rachel Pulfer, and Ernest McNee, a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Board of Directors.
The Spring Celebration will also feature presentations from Global
News' Ashley Terry, who will speak about her time in Ghana as part of the JHR partnership
with the Shaw Africa Project. Grant McDonald, of AM 640, to reflect on his time with JHR in Liberia. And Kallan Lyons, recently returned from Ghana, will discuss her experiences with JHR on
the Canadian Government-funded International Youth Internship.
The event is taking place at 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, from 6:30 -
8:30pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Notes for Editors:
A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation
strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in
community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario,
OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. To learn more, please
Journalists for Human Rights (www.jhr.ca ) is Canada's leading media development organization. JHR helps
journalists build their capacity to report ethically and effectively on
human rights and governance issues in their communities. Since 2002,
JHR has trained over 12,500 journalists whose stories have reached over
50 million people.
JHR currently has projects in Jordan, Sierra Leone, the Democratic
Republic of Congo, and Northern Ontario.
SOURCE: jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)
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