The Amnesty Canada Media Awards: honouring journalists for outstanding human rights reporting
The Amnesty International Canada Media Awards honour the efforts of journalists to increase Canadians' awareness and understanding of human rights issues. Now in its 22nd year, these awards recognize the media’s efforts to bring awareness to international human rights issues that fall within the mission of Amnesty International.
We ask journalists to submit work in the following categories:
National print – including newspapers and national magazines
Audio/Video – television or radio news and documentaries
Local/ alternative – local and alternative newspapers and special audience magazines
Online - a journalist product for a Canadian audience, only available online from a website where journalists have originated the content, or selected and amplified it (maximum of three entries.)
Youth Media Award - honours students who have created content covering international or national human rights issues with a particular emphasis on how they impact young people.
2016 Award Winners
National Print Award
Steven Chase has covered federal politics in Ottawa for The Globe since mid-2001, arriving there a few months before 9/11. He previously worked in the paper's Vancouver and Calgary bureaus. Prior to that, he reported on Alberta politics for the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun, and on national issues for Alberta Report. He's had ink-stained hands for far longer though, having worked as a paperboy for the (now defunct) Montreal Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Vancouver Sun and the North Shore News.
Audio / Video Award
Cullen Crozier is an award-winning video journalist, writer and editor with APTN Investigates. His work focuses on Indigenous stories, perspective and issues from across Canada. Cullen is a proud member of the Gwich’in Nation and a lifelong northerner, based in his hometown of Yellowknife Northwest Territories.
Local / Alternative Print Award
Online Media Award
Graphic Novel Safe House
Marc Ellison is an award-winning photojournalist based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has worked across Africa since 2011, reporting on issues including the reintegration challenges facing female child soldiers in Uganda, child marriage and female genital mutilation in Tanzania, sex workers and the prevalence of HIV along Mozambique’s transit corridors, the health challenges facing families within Sudanese refugee camps, and how reality radio can aid farmers in Mali. Marc is passionate about pushing the boundaries of digital storytelling, including the use of interactive photo/graphic novels and 360 video. He has produced work for 60 Minutes, Al Jazeera, BBC, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Toronto Star, and Vice.
Daniel Lafrance is a professional storyboard artist. In 2014, his graphic novel adaptation of Sharon E. McKay's novel. ‘War Brothers’, was nominated for an Eisner Award. ‘War Brothers’ tells the story of children forced to become child soldiers by the LRA in Uganda. He dedicates his spare time to projects like SAFE HOUSE, where he hopes his art can bring relevant and important stories such as these to a wider audience, and ultimately inspiring change.
Youth Media Award - New Category
Radio-Television-Journalism students* at Nova Scotia Community College.
Amnesty International Canada Youth Media Award
This new award is for journalism covering international or national human rights issues with particular emphasis on how they impact young people. The presentation of the award will be part of Amnesty International Canada’s annual Media Awards ceremony in the 22nd year.
The competition is open to any student at a Canadian university, or college who has had an article published or a piece broadcast or posted in a recognized student media outlet during the period from September 2016 through 30 April 2017.
The winner will be announced in September 2017. The prize is $500 dollars. The winner will also later receive an Amnesty International Canada Youth Media Award Certificate at the annual Amnesty International Canada Media Awards event.