LONDON, ON, Feb. 7, 2017 /CNW/ - Five finalists have been selected for the inaugural Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting. The winner, chosen by an independent jury, will be announced in April.
The award is linked to Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health, a guide for general-assignment journalists created by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma. More than 6,000 copies, in English or French, are in use in Canadian newsrooms and journalism schools.
Forum president Cliff Lonsdale said: "We received a remarkable field of entries from media organizations large and small and from individual journalists across the country. This is clearly an important and far-reaching topic in which more and more journalists are becoming productively engaged."
The award is sponsored by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. The Mindset guide is supported by the Mental Health Commission if Canada, with funds from Health Canada, and by CBC News.
The finalists, in alphabetical order by media title, are:
CBC News Network's 'Power & Politics', for Rosemary Barton's interview with M.P. Celina Caesar-Chavannes about her depression;
The Globe and Mail, for its series 'The Unremembered' about suicide among veterans of the war in Afghanistan, reported by Renata D'Aliesio, Les Perreaux and Allan Maki;
The Ottawa Citizen, for a series on mental stress affecting whistleblowers, reported by Don Butler;
The Toronto Star, for a story about the death by suicide of Const. Darius Garda, reported by Wendy Gillis.
The Tyee, for "They Keep us Safe, but Stigma is Killing Firefighters, Paramedics and Cops", reported by David P. Ball.
The jury's choice will be revealed at the awards gala of the Canadian Association of Journalists in Ottawa on April 29th.
The Forum is an educational charity concerned with the physical and emotional wellbeing of journalists, their audiences and those they report about.
Our thanks to CNW Group for supporting this announcement.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma
For further information: Please see the Mindset website www.mindset-mediaguide or contact Jane Hawkes, Executive Producer, Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, 1-519-852-4946, firstname.lastname@example.org