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 19th 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.
2014 Award Winners
National Print Award
Audio / Video Award
Ideas and a Gemini award-winning documentary for the fifth estate. His latest book is called Death in the Family. It examines a series of wrongful convictions, accusations and pleas perpetrated by disgraced pathologist Charles Smith. It will be published by Doubleday Canada later this year.
Mexico, and Russia. Joan has won a variety of awards for her journalism, including for one of her favourites – a documentary about a nun living inside a Tijuana prison.
Local / Alternative Print Award
Online Media Award
“Land Divided, Coast United” hakaimagazine.com, April 2015
Josie Glausiusz is a journalist who writes about science and the environment for magazines including Nature, National Geographic, Hakai, and Scientific American Mind, and the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Her weekly column, On Science, (“the new, the odd and the wonderful,”) appeared in The American Scholar from 2013 to 2015. She is the author of Buzz: The Intimate Bond Between Humans and Insects (Chronicle, 2004).
Youth Media Award - New Category
“Why media’s impact on homelessness matters” Skedline, Humber College, May 31, 2015
Deanna Grant recently graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from Humber College. She cares about social issues and good eats. She is currently working as a manager at a restaurant in downtown Toronto and looks forward to telling more stories as a freelancer.
The 2015 winners were announced on 22 December with the awards being presented at an event on 9 April in Toronto. For more information on the winners, click here.
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 21st 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 30 September 2014 through 30 April 2015.
The winner will be announced in September 2015. 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.