Each year, JHR sends two or three top Canadian journalists (many of which are with CTV National News) overseas into the field, to add their expertise to our various programs. We spoke with CTV National News' Lisa LaFlamme about what this partnership means for her news organization:
What do CTV National News mentors gain from the experience of working in the field with JHR?
"Every CTV mentor has returned to the newsroom having gained so much more than they could possibly give - broader knowledge of regional challenges, deeper respect for human rights reporting and the satisfaction of helping young journalists improve their storytelling capabilities."
What does the partnership represent to CTV National News?
"This partnership is a winning example of how conventional news organizations like CTV can further our commitment to human rights reporting by helping and mentoring young journalists working in fledgling democracies. It's more than just talk - it's actively improving and encouraging a free press around the world. In Canada we take Human Rights reporting for granted so these mentoring opportunities allow our editorial and production staff to see first hand the challenges journalists in oppressed countries face everyday."
"The relationships built through this partnership also widen our reach in covering parts of the world that are sometimes under-represented. Trained journalists are now able to report on a freelance basis for CTV when news breaks in their region - the connection is a win-win."
Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme
"This partnership is a winning example of how conventional news organizations like CTV can further our commitment to human rights reporting by helping and mentoring young journalists working in fledgling democracies."
Thank you to Lisa LaFlamme and CTV National News for your ongoing support!