And now there are two!

The Forum is announcing separate Mindset and En-Tête awards for reporting on mental health in the workplace - each with a prize of $1,000. 

Deux prix plutôt qu’un! 

Le Forum annonce la création de deux compétitions distinctes pour le reportage sur la santé mentale au travail, une en français, le prix En-Tête, et l’autre en anglais, The Mindset Award, chacun doté d’une bourse de 1000$.

Visitez le site du prix En-Tête pour plus de détails

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Other safety training opportunities for freelancers

Through its membership
 in the ACOS Alliance the Forum is now able to bring more safety training options to the attention of freelance journalists, in addition to our own bursary programs. ACOS (A Culture of Safety) is an unprecedented international coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organizations. In August 2017 it launched its Standard Safety Training Form in conjunction with a 3-day hostile environment training course offered to freelancers by the James W. Foley Legacy FoundationThe database created by these and future applications will be available to all ACOS member organizations which offer free or financially-assisted safety training opportunities for freelancers. Those who complete the form may be offered other safety training opportunities run by ACOS members as they arise. More information is on the form header and the ACOS website. 

Listen to this important discussion at Radio-Canada (mostly in French) by clicking on the audio link below.

Écoutez cette discussion importante chez Radio-Canada 
(principalement en français). 
Cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous.


Ibrahim Falola, a freelance reporter and writer from Benin, is the winner of The Portenier Human Rights Bursary for 2018. Mr. Falola, based in Togo, will spend 6 months investigating modern slavery in Mauritania. The bursary will provide him with hostile environment training. He was chosen by an independent jury from a shortlist of five finalists drawn from 44 applications from 32 countries around the world. The other finalists were from Kenya, Somalia, Russia and Britain. Details here

Five more freelancers working in dangerous places around the world for Canadian and other media will receive Forum Freelance Fund (FFF) bursaries for hostile environment training this year, the Forum announced May 28th.This brings the total number of freelancers who have received such bursaries from the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma since 2010 to 32. Details here    


Edmonton freelance writer O
mar Mouallem is the winner of the 2017 Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting / le prix En-Tête pour le reportage sur la santé mentale en milieu de travail for his Buzz-Feed News feature: “Oil, Heartbreak, and Manhood: Behind the Mental Health Crisis of Alberta’s Oil Workers”. He received the award from Forum President Cliff Lonsdale at the annual CAJ Awards gala in Toronto on Saturday, May 5th.  

CBC’s Ioanna Roumeliotis received an honourable mention prize for her feature on The National, The Hidden Toll of Duty, which explored the mental health problems of people chosen to serve as jurors on grizzly and distressing trials. Other members of the production team cited were Corinne Seminioff (producer), Brenda Witmer (editor) and Jean-François Bisson (camera).  Details on all seven finalists here. 

Second edition of Mindset has a new 
chapter on mental health reporting in Indigenous communities.

Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health / En-Tête: Reportage et Santé Mentale is the Forum's
 bilingual project on mental health reporting in Canada -- produced by journalists for journalists6,000 copies are in use in newsrooms and journalism classrooms across the country.

Please visit our separate Mindset website to find out more. You can download a field guide for quick reference -- or dig into the website for more context and resources. And you can help build the project by offering reference material, suggesting a discussion group, or sending a question to a mentor.