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Journalism Students* at Nova Scotia Community College win Amnesty International Canada’s Youth Media Award

    Journalism Students Nova Scotia Community College who produced 'Untitled'
    March 20, 2017

    Amnesty International Canada is pleased to announce the 2016 Youth Media Award winner is: “Untitled: The Legacy of Land in North Preston”, produced by Radio-Television-Journalism students* at Nova Scotia Community College. They are the second winners of the Youth Media Award for human rights journalism from a Canadian post-secondary institution.

    Amnesty International judge, Rick MacInnes-Rae, describes “Untitled as a digital documentary that explores the denial of land ownership to blacks in Nova Scotia. It is framed as a 200 year-old injustice in which a group of Canadians are still being refused title to their own property because of the colour of their skin.”

    The award will be presented at the annual Amnesty International Media Awards gala event on Wednesday April 5 at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.  The Awards honour excellence in human rights coverage in Canadian media.

    “The NS Community College Radio-Television-Journalism students showed initiative and enterprise by securing a variety of interviews and the confidence of frustrated families who were persuaded to trust students to tell their story.  The producers recognized that telling the story of the past was key to understanding the future, and found the video and archival pictures that let them do it with flair and fairness. As one lawyer points out, part of the problem is that the Nova Scotia government views this as a land issue and not a human rights issue, which takes in a racial bias,” commented MacInnes-Rae.  “As a consequence of the NSCC documentaries, the provincial government was moved to take the first of what may lead to other steps to resolve this historic indignity.” 

    “Even-handed, journalistically-sound and hard-headed, "Untitled" demonstrates human rights issues violations are not just the stuff of distant places.  They can be in our own back yard, and need to be brought into the light.”

    The Amnesty International Youth Media Awards were judged by Rick MacInnes-Rae and John Tackaberry. Rick MacInnes-Rae spent 38 years with CBC as an award-winning war correspondent, host and producer. His recent journalism examined international affairs and conflict studies and was the focus of his program Dispatches.  He is presently Associate Professor of Journalism at Humber College. John Tackaberry was Media Relations Officer at Amnesty International Canada 1991-2016 and is a former reporter for Inter Press Service and Pacifica Radio News.

    The Amnesty International Canada Youth Media Awards are given to student journalists, to encourage them to use their creativity to produce journalism that increases awareness and understanding of human rights issues.

    For further information please contact:  Elizabeth Berton-Hunter,  Media Relations, (416)363-9933 #332

    Radio-Television-Journalism Students* at Nova Scotia Community College

    Class of 2016

    Kristen Brown
    Ellen Coles
    Ed Halverson
    Scott Hastings
    Nicole Martelle
    Jane Nicholson
    Andres Porras
    Christian Roach
    Marilyn Sexton
    Olesya Shyvikova
    John Wimberly
    Morgan Jessome
    CJ Killam
    Nick Madore
    Jake Nissen
    Romney Tarasco
    Jason Cohanim
    Michael Decoste
    Wyatt Estabrooks
    Richard Harris
    Caitlin Hartlen
    Alyssa Lewis Graham

    Class of 2017

    Allister Aalders 
    Skye Bryden-Blom
    Benoit Crawford-Leblanc
    Jennie Cyril
    Jenn Edwards
    Joel LeBlanc
    Chris Lee
    Nicole Ly
    Dan Macissac
    Dan Mackenzie
    Nic Meloney
    Whitney Middleton
    Matthew Moore
    Brandon Munroe
    Hilary Pettigrew
    Jean-Marc Samson
    Ethan Saulnier
    Blake Seymour
    Callum Smith