LONDON, ON, Jan. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - Applications are now open for the Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting, recognizing outstanding reporting during 2017 on mental health issues in the workplace.
The $1,000 prize is offered by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, in connection with its widely-used journalist-to-journalist guides Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health and its French counterpart En-Tête : reportage et santé mentale.
The award is open to Canadian journalists or media organizations working in any medium, in English or French. In French, it is styled le prix En-Tête pour le reportage sur la santé mentale en milieu de travail.
It is sponsored by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. The Centre is a leading source of free, practical tools and resources designed to help all Canadian employers with the prevention, intervention and management of workplace mental health issues.
"This award is intended to encourage bold acts of journalism in the public interest - stories that are incisive or investigative," said Forum president Cliff Lonsdale.
The competition rules define "work" and "workplace" broadly, to capture volunteer as well as paid work and include the wide variety of places in which work is performed. Last year the main prize was awarded to the team that wrote The Globe & Mail's Unremembered series exposing the extent of suicide among Afghanistan war veterans. Subsidiary prizes of $250 each were awarded to work published in The Ottawa Citizen and The Tyee.
Details of the free application process are posted on the Mindset and En-Tête websites. Applications close on March 2, 2018. The award or awards will be presented in May, 2018, at the national conference of the Canadian Association of Journalists in Toronto.
Mindset and En-Tête were published in 2014 to help general assignment reporters deal with breaking stories that involve mental illness. About 7,000 copies are in use in newsrooms and journalism schools across the country. The guides are supported by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, using a grant from Health Canada, and by CBC News. The Forum is solely responsible for their content.
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 Cision and CNW 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, [email protected]