2015 Forum Freelance Fund Winners Announced
Five independent journalists will attend hostile environment training as the 2015 winners of  Forum Freelance Fund bursaries.

They include Jason O’Hara, a Toronto-based documentary filmmaker who was chosen by an independent jury as the inaugural winner of the Portenier Human Rights Bursary.  He is seen above receiving medical treatment after being attacked by police in Rio de Janeiro before last year’s World Cup. Details of his story and those of all the 2015 winners here
Photo above: Bernardo Guerreiro/Midia Ninja Collective. 

FFF bursaries help freelancers attend the same kind of courses staffers get. We don
’t encourage freelancers to place themselves in danger. We try to ensure they know how to avoid unnecessary risks and how to handle dangers that increasingly befall journalists in many situations abroad. Full details of the FFF competition are here.

In 2015, in addition to our regular bursary streams, we introduced a new award: The Portenier Human Rights Bursary. This bursary, sponsored by Forum board member and acclaimed filmmaker Giselle Portenier, is open to freelance journalists or independent documentary makers with projects focusing on human rights abuses. The winner will receive up to $CDN 3,000 for hostile environment training. The competition is open to people of any nationality, with no requirement for a Canadian connection. Details here

Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health / En-tête: Reportage et santé mentale. 
Our bilingual project on mental health reporting in Canada -- produced by journalists for journalists

Please visit our new, separate Mindset website to find out more. You can download a field guide for quick reference -- or dig into the website for more context and resources. And you can help build the project by offering reference material, suggesting a discussion group, or sending a question to a mentor. Cliquez ici pour visiter notre site en français pour plus de détails.