This year marks the fifth presentation of Amnesty International Canada’s Youth Media Award. Annually this prestigious award is granted to a student journalist, who produces a human rights story with an emphasis on an issue impacting young people.
The Amnesty Media Awards are bestowed for excellence in journalism and honours the efforts of journalists to increase Canadians’ awareness and understanding of human rights. Past recipients include noteworthy individuals such as Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC Radio, Stephanie Nolen of the Globe and Mail, and documentary filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock – Winning is quite the accomplishment!
An assortment of well written and insightful human rights stories were received from students all across Canada. It was a tough decision-making process for our esteemed judges to determine a winner.
With that said, we are thrilled to announce that the 2019 Youth Media Award winner is Samantha Fink (Pictured on the left) of Queen’s University who’s article “Invisible disabilities slip through the cracks” covered overlooked and emerging needs for accommodations on University campuses . Read the article here: https://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2018-10-03/investigations/invisible-disabilities-slip-through-the-cracks/
Be sure to check out some of the other great submissions from 2019, and start brainstorming!
If you are a student at a Canadian college or university, aged 25 and under, and have an interest in covering a national or international human rights issues through print, broadcast, or online posting, you could be the 2020 Youth Media Award winner!