Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) has partnered with veteran broadcaster Lisa LaFlamme on a new series of mini documentaries showing how journalism is changing lives in Kenya and Tunisia. Featuring LaFlamme on-the-ground in Africa and launched on JHR’s YouTube channel, the four-part series shines a light on issues like gender-based violence and discrimination against women, including how a JHR-supported media campaign in Tunisia helped spur legislative progress toward improving access to shelters for women and children. In Kenya, LaFlamme tells the story of female journalists, who endure the highest rate of sexual harassment in newsrooms, according to a global media study. JHR, in partnership with the Kenya Media Sector Working Group, has introduced a model sexual harassment policy for the industry pushing for a gender-inclusive culture. The project was funded by Canadian non-profit Bigger Than Our Borders. Read more here.
The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) has launched the 2023 Canadian Newsroom Diversity Survey. The third year for the survey of newsroom leaders, last year’s survey saw 242 media outlets participate, with its release the first time the CAJ was able to compare year-over-year statistics. The percentage of white journalists rose from 74.9 per cent in 2021 to 77.9 per cent in 2022, while Indigenous journalists saw a drop from 6.4 per cent in 2021 to 4.6 per cent in 2022. The results will be made publicly available following the June 2 response deadline. If you are a newsroom leader that did not receive an editable survey copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive one.
World Press Freedom Canada (WPFC) has announced that journalist Anna Maria Tremonti will be the keynote speaker at its annual World Press Freedom Day luncheon in Ottawa on May 3. She’ll be joined by Torstar Vice President for Inclusion and Strategic Partnerships, Irene Gentle, for an armchair discussion. The Press Freedom Prize, awarded to a nominee who demonstrates their public-interest work was frustrated by a cloak of secrecy, legal manoeuvres, political intimidation, or tactics that put their safety or career at risk; Spencer Moore Award for Career Achievement honouring the work of a Canadian journalist in pursuit of press freedom; and the International Cartoon Contest winner, awarded to a cartoonist who best captures this year’s theme, “Free speech or free for all?” will also be presented at the luncheon.
Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out about the Canadian Football Hall of Fame announcement. I’m so honoured to be the first woman named to the Hall, but I can guarantee you I won’t be the only one for long. #CFL
— Vicki Hall (@vickihallch) March 17, 2023
Vicki Hall is the first woman named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. The former Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald sports writer, national Postmedia scribe, and radio pundit is being recognized in the Media category. Hall has been teaching in the Journalism program at SAIT full-time since last November.
NAIT has announced its 2022 NAIT Celebrates award winners, recognizing members of its alumni community and distinguished friends of the institution. Among them are Global Edmonton News at Noon co-anchor Su-Ling Goh (Radio and Television – TV ’98), recipient of the Alumni Award of Excellence, acknowledging her dedication to covering health-related issues. Her lived experience with the long-term health care system in Alberta was the catalyst for resurrecting Global Edmonton’s health beat, Health Matters. Nominations are now open for the 2023 NAIT Celebrates awards.