The Amnesty Canada Media Awards: honouring journalists for outstanding human rights reporting
Amnesty International is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 26th annual Media Awards.
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.
And there has been no shortage of human rights issues in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed grave inequalities, both in Canada and abroad, and governments have responded to the crisis by cracking down on dissent, banning refugee claimants, and stifling information.
We need journalists to help shine a light on these human rights abuses, both in Canada and abroad, and hold governments to account.
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. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 22, 2021. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
You just need to fill in the electronic form and answer all the required questions. Please ensure you have URLs for your media work.
The Amnesty International Canada 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 ceremony will be held in May 2021, with an exact date to be determined.
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.
2019 Award Winners
Long-Form Audio: Justin Ling, Jennifer Fowler, Erin Byrnes and Cesil Fernandes, CBC Podcasts, Uncover: The Village
Mixed Media: Jillian Kestler-D’Amours and Megan O’Toole, Al Jazeera (freelance), Nations Divided: Mapping Canada's Pipeline Battle
Long-Form Text: Shree Paradkar, Toronto Star, These Girls Were Powerless, Living On The Edge Of Society, But One School Is Turning Them Into Heroes, Feminists, And Resisters
Short-Form Text: Shanifa Nasser, CBC, When CSIS comes knocking: Amid reports of Muslim students contacted by spy agency, hotline aims to help
Long-Form Video: Trina Roache, APTN, Law of the Land
Short-Form Video: Shree Paradkar, Kathryn Mallinson and Kelsey Wilson, Toronto Star, How this school in India is empowering girls
Post-Secondary Youth: Sarah Chew, Katie Swyers, Martha Currie, Stephanie Liu, Ryerson University School of Journalism, Trafficked