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Amnesty International extends deadline for 26th annual Media Awards

    January 15, 2021

    OTTAWA – Canadian journalists have an extra week to submit their stories to Amnesty International’s Media Awards in Canada, the human rights organization announced today.

    The English-speaking branch of Amnesty International’s Canadian section will now accept submissions up to 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 22, 2021.

    These awards honour outstanding reporting on human rights issues by journalists in Canada and Canadian journalists abroad, while also increasing awareness and understanding of human rights issues for all in Canada.

    If you are a Canadian journalist or working as a journalist in Canada, we invite you to review the judging criteria below and submit your 2020 human rights stories with the link provided. We look forward to hearing from you.

    All entries must be published or broadcast in Canada between Jan. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020. Unfortunately, we can only accept English submissions at this time.

    For more information, please contact: Lucy Scholey, Media Relations, Amnesty International Canada, 613-853-2142, lscholey@amnesty.ca

    Categories for 2020-2021:

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

    Written Feature: A written story of more than 2,000 words on a human rights issue. Investigative pieces and multi-part series are also welcome.

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

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

    Audio News: A radio or podcast news story highlighting a human rights issue with a maximum runtime of 35 minutes.

    Long-Form Audio: A radio or 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.

    Secondary Youth Award: A text, audio, video or mixed media story about a human rights issue created by a student attending a 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 late February or early March 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are opting to host the awards ceremony online again. The virtual ceremony will be held in May 2021, with an exact date to be determined.

    Click here for the Media Awards submission form.

    Judging criteria:

    1. Is there a human rights issue at the heart of this story? This is yes or no. If no, then don't go any further. No points awarded.

    2. Does it advance the voice and agency of individuals or communities whose experience is at the centre of the story? Maximum 10 points.

    3. 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? Maximum 10 points.

    4. 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? Maximum 10 points.

    5. How much research and enterprise reporting was involved in the story? Maximum 10 points.

    6. What is the level of professionalism of the story? i.e. Is it accurate, fair, and well-written? Maximum 10 points.

    7. 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? Maximum 10 points.

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