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Mar 25, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

JHR and Loyalist College also recently announced a scholarship that will give mentees in the northern Ontario program the opportunity to spend eight weeks at the Loyalist-Trent Summer Institute in Journalism in Belleville, Ont., studying the fundamentals of journalism. The scholarship will cover the participant’s tuition and accommodation costs for the eight-week period.  In its pilot year, the Journalists for Human Rights program in northern Ontario has received a mixed reaction, with one community withdrawing its invitation to a journalism mentor. Others say the program has been a positive experience. 

Mar 24, 2014 - Posted by Mary-Katherine Boss

The Landsberg Award and International Women's Day are chances to celebrate the accomplishments of women, but they are also a reminder that women's equality is not yet fully realized. Kathy English discusses the gains of gender equality in the media, but also recognizes that there is still a long way to go.

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Some media outlets risk trivializing Paralympic achievements by focusing on the feel-good aspect of overcoming adversity at the expense of the sporting and technology sides of the story, says one veteran Para-Athletics Canadian coach.

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

CBC reporter Duncan McCue writes that an elder once told him the only way an Indian would make it on the news is if he or she were one of the 4Ds: drumming, dancing, drunk or dead. While initially dismissing the idea as too simplistic, McCue started looking more closely at aboriginal people in the news, and sure enough those 4Ds sure do show up an awful lot. If you take that elder’s four “Ds,” and add a “W” for warrior, you could make it a rule: The WD4 Rule on how Indians make the news. 

Sep 05, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A new Journalists for Human Rights study shows that stories about aboriginal issues made up less than one per cent of media coverage for three years running – despite events such as the Attawapiskat housing crisis and the Idle No More movement.

Aug 22, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Although there is nothing specific in The Globe and Mail’s style guide, the practice for transgender people, has been to respect the wishes of the individual as to whether he or she wishes to identify as a woman or a man.

Jul 11, 2013 - Posted by Eric Mark Do

JHR has trained journalists mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, but now it’s going to northern Ontario seeking to increase Aboriginal-Canadian participation in local and national media. It’s sending two trainers to a total of six remote communities over the course of nine months to train interested Aboriginals. 

Jul 04, 2013 - Posted by Eric Mark Do

It seems that some Anglophone media outside Quebec see issues differently than those inside the province. Is it a question of the language barrier or perhaps a culture gap?

Jun 14, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

In accepting his lifetime achievement award at the National Magazine Awards, long-time Toronto Life editor Stephen Trumper encouraged all Canadian publications to make their content available through Accessible Media Inc., a Canadian non-profit. By making print, broadcast and digital media accessible, AMI serves more than five million Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, mobility or learning disabled, or learning English as a second language. 

Jun 13, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The number of beat reporters covering religion for secular publications has declined over the years and too often, stories on religion are covered with an anti-religious bias. While stories on religion in secular papers inform the masses on this age-old subject, niche reporting tackles stories the mainstream media often miss.

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