The Forum Freelance Fund 2018 competition for hostile environment training bursaries
closes this Thursday, April 19th at midnight Eastern Time

Seven finalists for The Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting / le prix En-Tête pour le reportage sur la santé mentale en milieu de travail have been announced. 

The $1000 prize is for work first published in Canada in 2017 in any medium, in English or French. 

New opportunities for safety training for freelancers

Through its membership in the ACOS Alliance the Forum is now able to bring more safety training options to the attention of freelance journalists, in addition to our own bursary programs. ACOS (A Culture of Safety) is an unprecedented international coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organizations. In August 2017 it launched its Standard Safety Training Form in conjunction with a 3-day hostile environment training course offered to freelancers by the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation. Applications for that course had to be submitted by September 1. 

The database created by these and future applications will be available to all ACOS member organizations which offer free or financially-assisted safety training opportunities for freelancers. Those who complete the form may be offered other safety training opportunities run by ACOS members as they arise. More information is on the form header and the ACOS website. (Please note: The rules of the Forum Freelance Fund and the Portenier Human Rights Bursary do not apply.) 

Portenier Human Rights Bursary

Brennan Leffler, a Toronto-based independent documentary producer/director, has been awarded the Portenier Human Rights Bursary for 2017. The $3,000 bursary helps journalists working on significant human rights projects that may put them in physical danger obtain hostile environment training. 

Together with former CBC News correspondent Mellissa Fung, Brennan is working on a documentary about the victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria. It will be broadcast by TVOntario. Brennan’s work has also appeared on Global TV and CTV’s W-5. The Portenier Human Rights Bursary is sponsored by Giselle Portenier, a Forum board member whose own documentaries involving human rights issues have been seen around the world. 

Brennan was chosen by an independent jury from a shortlist of five finalists from Bolivia, Canada, Pakistan, and Slovakia. The 2017 competition attracted 30 entries from around the world. 

A media release with more details of this announcement is available here.  

Forum Freelance Fund Bursary Winners Announced

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. 

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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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