Competition for third annual Fraser MacDougall Prize now open

The National NewsMedia Council, in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights, is pleased to announce the opening of the third annual Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting.

The prize is awarded to an exceptional piece of journalism with a human rights focus that is published in campus-based media during the past academic year.

Winners (typically, the story’s writer and editor) receive a cash prize of $1,000 and are recognized for their achievements at the annual Journalists for Human Rights Gala, held in Toronto. Previous award winners of the Fraser MacDougall Prize have gone to young journalists from The Varsity and The Queen’s Journal.

This award is made possible by a generous endowment to the National NewsMedia Council by the family of the late Fraser MacDougall, who had a distinguished career in journalism, chiefly with the The Canadian Press. Later in life, he was the first executive secretary of the former Ontario Press Council.

This year’s competition will open on July 2, 2019. Submissions will be accepted until August 13, 2019 at 23:59 EST.

To apply, your application must include:

  • A copy of the story, in either print or digital format
  • The names of the principle writer and editor who worked on the story
  • A one page note to jury members that contains information on:
    • What kind of human rights issue was addressed
    • Why this story was important to its readers/community
    • Why changes, if any, came because of the story’s publication
    • Any other information about the editorial process you think is worthy of consideration by judges

Queries about the award can be directed to Brent Jolly, the NNC’s director of community management. He can be reached at: