Four more freelancers, working for Canadian media in risky parts of Africa, Pakistan, the Middle East and Asia, have been awarded hostile environment training bursaries in the Forum Freelance Fund’s 2017 competition. Click here for the details. 


Applications for the 2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition are now closed. 

The C$3,000 bursary for hostile environment training is open each year to freelance journalists or independent filmmakers with significant and viable projects focused on major human rights abuses.The competition is open to people of any nationality, with no requirement for a connection to Canadian media. There is only one award each year. The competition is sponsored by internationally-acclaimed filmmaker and Forum board member Giselle Portenier.

The bursary helps to fund approved hostile environment safety training and associated costs such as travel necessary to attend the course. It is not for production costs.

Click here for full details on the competition #PortenierBursary

A team of reporters from The Globe & Mail has won the inaugural Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting for their series “The Unremembered" - which probed the deaths  of 31 Canadian veterans of the war in Afghanistan who killed themselves after returning home. The series, which is still being updated, raised questions as to whether the government and the military had done enough to help soldiers recover from their mental injuries. 

Renata D’Aliesio and Les Perreaux accepted the award at the CAJ Awards gala in Ottawa on Saturday, April 29th. 

Also named in the citation was Globe reporter Allan Maki, who was not able to attend. The award is offered by the Forum and sponsored by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace

An independent jury made two additional
“High Commendation” awards. One went to
Don Butler, recently retired from The Ottawa Citizen, for his series about the mental stress endured by workplace whistleblowers. He is seen here (on the right) receiving his award from Forum president Cliff Lonsdale. 

The other High Commendation was awarded to
David P. Ball, of Vancouver, for his two-month investigation for The Tyee of the struggle of BC first responders to get WorkSafeBC, the province’s workers’ compensation authority, to treat their mental health problems as presumptively work-related, unless proved otherwise.  

Full details on the winners and the finalists in @CNWGroup press release#MindsetAward #LePrixEnTete 


Recently Released: 
Second edition with a new 
chapter on mental health reporting in indigenous communities.

Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health / En-Tête: Reportage et Santé Mentale is the Forum's
 bilingual project on mental health reporting in Canada -- produced by journalists for journalists6,000 copies are in use in newsrooms and journalism classrooms across the country.

Please visit our 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. 

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