Amnesty International Canada is pleased to announce a new deadline for nominations for its 2023 Media Awards. Submissions will now close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 31, 2023.
After four years online, the Media Awards — which celebrate outstanding achievements in human rights reporting by Canada-based journalists and Canadian journalists working abroad — will return to an in-person format. This year’s celebration will take place on Thursday, October 19 at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.
To be eligible for consideration, entries must have been published or broadcast in Canada between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022. Contributors are welcome to nominate multiple works or submit entries for multiple categories. Individuals may also nominate a piece on behalf of the creator, provided they obtain explicit written permission from the person or group being nominated for an Amnesty International Canada Media Award.
We encourage reporters, editors, student journalists, and media outlets across Canada to submit their finest human-rights-focused pieces. Please refer to the categories below as you prepare to make a submission.
Categories for the 2022-2023 Amnesty International Canada Media Awards
- National Written News Story: A written story of approximately 3,500 words or less on a current or breaking news story relating to a human rights issue.
- Local/Alternative Media Story: A written story of approximately 3,500 or less on a current or breaking news story relating to a human rights issue. (Usually, alternative publications or outlets have a mandate to highlight stories and perspectives that are overlooked or underrepresented in the mainstream press.)
- Mixed Media: A web or social media-based story that features at least three of the following elements: text, photography, video, audio, animation, data visualization. The text of the story should be no longer than 3,500 words.
- Short-Form Video: A filmed news story of no longer than 10 minutes relating to a human rights issue.
- Long-Form Video: A filmed documentary or current affairs segment with a runtime of more than 10 minutes relating to a human rights issue. The total runtime should not exceed 80 minutes.
- Long-Form Radio: A radio documentary or current affairs program with a maximum runtime of approximately 80 minutes highlighting a human rights issue.
- Long-Form Podcast: A podcast episode with a maximum runtime of approximately 80 minutes highlighting a human rights issue.
- Post-Secondary Youth Award: A text, audio, video or mixed media story about a human rights issue created by a student attending a post-secondary school in Canada. The piece must have been published or broadcast by a media outlet associated with a post-secondary institution.
For more information about the Amnesty International Canada Media Awards, or to submit a nomination, please visit www.amnesty.ca/media-awards.