Amnesty International Canada (English-Speaking) is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 27th annual Media Awards. 

These awards honour outstanding reporting on human rights issues and seek to increase awareness and understanding of human rights issues. 

If you are a journalist, student or a media outlet based in Canada, we invite you to review the categories below and submit your 2021 human rights stories with the link provided.  

All entries must be published or broadcast in Canada between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2022. Unfortunately, we can only accept English submissions at this time. Please see below for the list of judging criteria. 

The Amnesty International Canada Media Awards winners will be announced in September 2022. Due to the lingering effects of the pandemic, we are opting to host the awards ceremony online once again. The ceremony will be held October 12, 2022. 

Amnesty International Canada is seeking Media Awards judges. 

For more information, please contact:

Maryam Dadabhoy, Media Awards Coordinator, Amnesty International Canada
416-363-9933 x 340, mdadabhoy@amnesty.ca 

Categories for 2021 

National News Story: A written story on a current or breaking news story relating to a human rights issue of 2,000 words or less.  

Local Alternative Media Story: A written story on a current or breaking news story relating to a human rights issue of 2,000 words or less. (*Alternative media is anything outside of mainstream media)  

Long-Form Video: A documentary or film relating to a human rights issue with a runtime of more than 10 minutes.  

Short-Form Video: A filmed news story relating to a human rights issue of no longer than 10 minutes.  

Long-Form Radio: A radio feature, or series, highlighting a human rights issue with a maximum runtime of 70 minutes. *If submitting a series, please select 2-3 examples to highlight the series. The total runtime of the selected works must not exceed 70 minutes.  

Long-Form Podcast: A podcast feature, or series, highlighting a human rights issue with a maximum runtime of 70 minutes. *If submitting a series, please select 2-3 examples to highlight the series. The total runtime of the selected works must not exceed 70 minutes.  

Mixed Media: A combination of at least two of the abovementioned elements: text, video and audio.

Post-Secondary Youth Award: A text, audio, video or mixed media story about a human rights issue created by a student attending a post-secondary school in Canada. The piece must be published or broadcast with a school publication. 

Please complete the electronic form, answer all the required questions, and ensure you have URLs for your media work. 

The Amnesty International Media Awards winners will be announced in September 2022. Due to the lingering challenges of the pandemic, we are opting to host the awards ceremony online once again. The virtual ceremony will be held on October 12, 2022 at 7:30pm. 

Judging criteria: 

  1. Is there a human rights issue at the heart of this story?
  1. Does it advance the voice and agency of individuals or communities whose experience is at the centre of the story?
  1. Is the story told in ways that advance and promote diversity and equity, and avoid maintaining stereotypes or narratives that are racist, oppressive, sexist or otherwise discriminatory?
  1. Is there a solution suggested or being worked on by different stakeholders? Or does the story simply point out the abuse or violation without going further to suggest what needs to change?
  1. How much research and enterprise reporting was involved in the story?
  1. What is the level of professionalism of the story? i.e. Is it accurate, fair, and well-written?
  1. What is the impact of the story? Has it resulted in a change to law or policy? Has it positively impacted the lives of those who are at the centre of the story?

2020 Award Winners 

Mixed Media: Stephanie Nolen, Félix Márquez, Laura Blenkinsop, Jeremy Agius and Timothy Moore, The Globe and Mail, Gone 

Short-Form Video: Rudy Gauer, Emma Prestwich, Broadview, Putting Down Roots 

Long-Form Video: Martin Himel, TVO, “The Arrest” 

Long Form Audio: Mary Lynk, CBC Radio’s Ideas, I Will Never See The World Again 

Written News: Valérie Ouellet, Joseph Loiero, CBC News: Investigative Unit, COVID-19 taking a toll in prisons, with high infection rates, CBC News analysis shows 

Written Feature: Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Toronto Star, Amazon warehouse workers in Canada saw injury rates double. Then COVID hit. Inside a hidden safety crisis 

Post-Secondary Youth Award: Sakeina Syed, Excalibur (York University community newspaper), It’s time to unmask your bigotry 

Secondary Youth Award: Sophia Rottman, Tigertalk (the newspaper of Harbord Collegiate Institute), The Crossroad of Sports and Politics: Boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics 

For more information, please contact:

Maryam Dadabhoy, Media Awards Coordinator, Amnesty International Canada
416-363-9933 x 340, mdadabhoy@amnesty.ca