OTTAWA, May 14 /CNW/ - jhr (Journalists for Human Rights) and the
Canadian Association of Journalists are proud to announce the creation
of a new award for Canadian journalists.
The jhr/CAJ Award for Human Rights Reporting will be given to a
deserving Canadian journalist for the first time at the 2012 CAJ
conference at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The award will recognize
excellence in human rights reporting. Submissions will be accepted from
Canadian journalists reporting from the world over, including within
"Joining the CAJ's annual awards program allows jhr to continue
increasing its profile among Canadian journalists across Canada," jhr
co-founder and executive director Ben Peterson said. "That helps us in
our mission of helping the journalists we work with around the world
produce and distribute media that can start and sustain conversations
about human rights issues."
The new award will join the annual CAJ awards, which recognize the
nation's top investigative journalism and excellence in journalism
across all media in 14 different categories. All the information on
eligibility, selection criteria and what's included for the winner will
be released by the end of year as part of the 2011 CAJ Awards package.
This information will be posted to both www.jhr.ca and www.caj.ca at that time.
"We're honoured to partner with jhr - an organization that does such
inspirational, foundational work with media around the world, along
with 20 student-led chapters here in Canada and journalists working in
Canada's top newsrooms," CAJ president Mary Agnes Welch said. "We're
proud of this new relationship and excited for what it brings to
journalists who enter our annual awards."
jhr is Canada's largest international media development organization.
Its goal - to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights -
is as unique as it is powerful. Both in Canada and abroad, jhr works in
close partnership with local media owners and editors, journalists,
journalism professors and students, to improve the overall media
environment and make the world a better place.
The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for
journalists from all media, representing about 800 members across the
country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality
professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists
For further information:
Ben Peterson, jhr co-founder and executive director, Work (416) 413-0240 ext. 206
www.jhr.ca | www.facebook.com/jhrnews | www.twitter.com/jhrnews
Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ President, Work: (204) 697-7590 or Cell: (204) 470-8862
Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ Awards committee, Cell (519) 535-8680
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