JHR/National NewsMedia Council Fraser MacDougall Award for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting in Campus Media

TORONTO, June 5, 2017 /CNW/ - This year, Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and the National NewsMedia Council of Canada are pleased to introduce a brand-new award: the Fraser MacDougall Award for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting for stories published in campus media, recognizing the best new Canadian voice working on human rights reporting today.

The award winner will receive public recognition, a $1,000 cash prize and a place in the 2017 cohort of JHR Ambassadors – individuals whose work and conduct exemplify the best of JHR's core principles of fostering human rights reporting to achieve positive change. The award will be presented at JHR's annual Night for Rights gala, October 5th.

Fraser MacDougall, the first Executive Secretary of the Ontario Press Council did more than anyone to build it into a respected organization. He had served the Council from its founding in 1972 to 1987 The following story appeared in the Ottawa Citizen. Journalist Fraser MacDougall was a man dedicated to the craft he served for nearly six decades, a stickler for accuracy who was instrumental in building the Ontario Press Council.

Journalists for Human Rights
Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is Canada's leading media development organization. We train journalists to report on human rights and governance issues in their communities. When the media puts a spotlight on human rights, people start talking about the issues and demanding change. A strong, independent media is a referee between governments and citizens. When human rights are protected, governments are more accountable and people's lives improve.

The National NewsMedia Council
The National NewsMedia Council is a voluntary, self-regulatory body of the news media industry in Canada. It was established in 2015 with two main aims: to promote ethical practices within the news media industry and to serve as a forum for complaints against its members.

The Council represents the public and the media in matters concerning the democratic rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the media. 

Nominations close July 15th, 2017. Click here to nominate
A shortlist of nominees will be announced two weeks out from the gala, and the nominee will be recognized at the gala.

  • Our thanks to CNW Group for sponsoring this announcement   

SOURCE Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)

For further information: For more information on this campaign, please contact Janine deVries at 416 413 0240 x 210 or Janine@jhr.ca

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