Finalists announced for 2018 Fraser MacDougall Prize

TORONTO (July 11, 2018) – The National NewsMedia Council and Journalists for Human Rights are pleased to announce the short list of six finalists for this year’s Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting.

This year’s shortlist was chosen from a record number of 28 nominations from campus news organizations spread across the country.

The finalists for this year’s awards are (in no particular order):

  1. “The forgotten legacies of Queen’s Black medical students”, The Queen’s Journal
  2. “Truth and Reconciliation at Queen’s, a year later”, The Queen’s Journal
  3. “Unquantifiable”, The Queen’s Journal
  4. “It doesn’t matter because it didn’t happen on campus”, The McGill Tribune
  5. “Fighting for change: The why and how of the #metoo and #timesup movements”, The Charlatan (Carleton University)
  6. “What happens now? A deeper look at the VIU sexual harassment case”, The Navigator (Vancouver Island University)

This year’s jury was impressed by the quality of writing, rich context, and depth of narrative in all of the short-listed submissions. Judges were also impressed by the vibrancy of news presentation from campus news media organizations, either on newsprint or in digital format.

Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting was first presented in 2017, as a way to support young journalists to report on challenging, high-impact human rights issues.

Award winners receive a cash prize of $1,000, and are recognized for their achievement at the annual Journalists for Human Rights Gala, held in Toronto, where their campus publication will be distributed to all guests. Winning entries will also be re-published in The Toronto Star.

Tickets for this year’s JHR Gala can be purchased here.

Winners will be announced in mid-September.