NEWSLETTER: September 12 – MMFC trainees in The Gambia tackle vaccine hesitancy with effective journalism


September 12th, 2021

This week’s highlights:

  • Webinar: Meet the Indigenous Solutions Collaborative!
  • MMFC trainees in The Gambia tackle vaccine hesitancy with effective journalism
  • We’re hiring: Junior Curriculum Research And Development Associate – MMFC program
  • There’s still time to reserve your seats at Night For Rights 2021

Meet the Indigenous Solutions



Earlier this year, JHR joined hands with Indigenous journalists and media organizations from across the country to form an Indigenous Media Collaborative, focused on producing solutions journalism and human rights stories about land claims, Indigenous sovereignty and #LandBack.

Members of this collaborative currently include freelancers Brandi Morin and Oscar Baker III, as well as journalists from The Eastern Door (Steve Bonspiel, Callie Giaccone, Laurence Dubreuil, Marisela Amador), Cabin Radio (Meaghan Brackenbury) and IndigiNews (Emilee Gilpin).

The series of their solutions journalism stories is set to launch this Fall. In celebration of this launch, collaborative members are getting together for a webinar to discuss ways in which Indigenous peoples are fighting for sovereignty and land reclamation, and of what we can learn from communities’ solutions and successes. They will also discuss the experience of taking part in a collaborative journalism project and how it has impacted their reporting. Join the conversation. Register for the webinar below.

MMFC trainees in The Gambia tackle
vaccine hesitancy with effective journalism

    A screengrab from the TV report on the mass vaccination drive at Bundung Maternal and Child Health Hospital.


For the past year, JHR’s Mobilizing Media To Fight COVID-19 (MMFC) program has been training journalists in 12 countries to effectively fight misinformation and report on the impact of the pandemic on human rights. In The Gambia, our trainees have been working hard to tackle the myths and misconceptions around the COVID-19 vaccine, to considerable success.

After this TV report on the mass vaccination drive at Bundung Maternal and Child Health Hospital was aired, hospital officials say that they have experienced a rise in voluntary jabs. In the report, the journalist interviewed people who had taken the vaccine and experienced no adverse side effects to report.

Another trainee Sulaiman Mann wrote a story on the various misperceptions people held about the vaccine, from concerns about fertility to the doubt in the existence of the COVID-19 virus itself. After the story was published by The Point, the Ministry of Health launched a rigorous series of awareness campaigns on the importance of taking the vaccine.

Help us continue this essential awareness-building work through JHR’s Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19 (MMFC) program. When journalists shine the light on human rights abuses and injustices, it leads to actual, life-changing impact.

  The above stories are part of the Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19 project funded by

We’re hiring a Junior Curriculum Research And
Development Associate!


Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is looking for a Junior Curriculum Development Associate to support the coordination, communication, and administrative work for initiatives relating to the organization, review, update, and improvement of curriculum that are part of its programs overseas and in Canada.

The associate will work under the supervision of the Director of Policy and Project Manager and in
collaboration with the international department of JHR to implement its new project ‘Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19’ in 12 African and Middle Eastern countries.

LOCATION: Toronto, Head Office
DURATION: 2-3 months (Sept 2021 – Nov 2021)
START DATE: As soon as possible

Have you reserved your seats
at Night For Rights 2021?


JHR is holding its annual Night for Rights gala dinner and party at the Brickworks Pavilion in Toronto on October 20, 2021, from 6pm to 8pm. This year, mindful of potential public health concerns, we’re also offering our supporters the opportunity to join the party online with a fabulous virtual experience in the works!

Thank you to the Fisher family, Delaney family, Shelly Meadows, and our numerous other supporters
for purchasing tables and tickets at the early bird rate. Tickets continue to sell fast and are available for purchase at at $1000 for a ticket and $8000 for a table of up to 8 seats.

We look forward to seeing you on October 20!


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