jhr and CAJ launch a new journalism award

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 Canada.

"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

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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