JHR/National NewsMedia Council
Fraser MacDougall Award for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting
The National NewsMedia Council, in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights, will present the second annual Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting.
The Prize is awarded to an exceptional piece of human-rights-focussed journalism published in campus-based media during the past academic year, as determined by a panel of distinguished judges. Winners (typically, the story’s writer and editor) receive a cash prize of $1,000 and are recognized for their achievement at the annual Journalists for Human Rights Gala, held in Toronto, where their campus publication will be distributed to all guests.
The award is made possible by a generous endowment of the late Fraser MacDougall, who had a distinguished career in journalism, chiefly with The Canadian Press. Later in life, he was the first executive secretary of the former Ontario Press Council, which was a forerunner to the NNC.
2018 Award winners
Jasnit Pabla and Nick Pearce, from The Queen’s Journal, have been awarded this year’s Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting. These two young journalists have won this year’s award for their submission ‘Truth & Reconciliation at Queen’s, a year later’. This year’s jury selected this piece because of the story’s thorough reporting, and how it effectively contextualized an issue of national importance for maximum local impact.
In addition to this year’s winning story, the jury has also announced a special citation of honourable distinction to the story “It doesn’t matter because it didn’t happen on campus” from The McGill Tribune. This year’s jury was particularly struck by the story’s strength of writing and powerful narrative.
The finalists for this year’s awards are (in no particular order):
“The forgotten legacies of Queen’s Black medical students”, The Queen’s Journal
“Truth and Reconciliation at Queen’s, a year later”, The Queen’s Journal
“Unquantifiable”, The Queen’s Journal
“It doesn’t matter because it didn’t happen on campus”, The McGill Tribune
“Fighting for change: The why and how of the #metoo and #timesup movements”, The Charlatan(Carleton University)
“What happens now? A deeper look at the VIU sexual harassment case”, The Navigator (Vancouver Island University)
To be considered complete, your application must include:
A copy of the story in either print or digital format
The names of the principle writer and editor who worked on the story
A one page write up (maximum) that contains information on:
What kind of human rights issue was addressed
Why this story was important to its readers
What changes, if any, came of its publication
Any other information about the editorial process you’d like to highlight to judges
Queries about the award can be directed to Brent Jolly, the NNC’s director of communications and community management, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.