Capacity Development Opportunities

1. The Media Centre offers the following training and capacity building opportunities:

• Training of journalists and media institutions on social media and investigative journalism.
• Training of civil society information department media needs.
• Training on Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), Gender Issues, Transitional Issues.
• Exchange training tours to other countries for journalists.
• Training on photojournalism, filming, print and electronic media.

Opportunities from elsewhere

1. Forum Freelance
Fund bursaries for hostile environment training have been streamlined for 2016.

The key changes:

All approved course providers are now in one group – no more streams. All regular FFF bursaries are now worth $2,500 CDN.
Simplified rules of eligibility, emphasizing Canadian media connections.
Separate competition and jury for the Portenier Human Rights Bursary.
Competition for regular FFF bursaries opened on March 15 and closed on April 30.
Competition for the Portenier Human Rights Bursary now opens May 16 and closes June 30.


These are intended to help Canadian freelancers working abroad, and freelancers of other nationalities with a considerable body of work for at least one Canadian media client, attend hostile environment training courses offered by our approved providers. We expect to award 4 or 5 of these bursaries each year.
Courses are currently available in Canada, the United States, Britain and Kenya. They are the same courses many staffers now get before they are deployed into potentially dangerous situations. We don’t encourage freelancers – especially inexperienced ones – to place themselves in danger. It is vital that freelancers have a firm grasp of their craft before attempting to work where dangerous conditions will increase the demands on them. Through these bursaries, we try to ensure that freelancers know how to evaluate, reduce or avoid risks and how to handle a range of dangers that now befall journalists in many situations abroad. Courses include appropriate field first aid.

The regular FFF competition is held in cooperation with Rory Peck Trust (RPT) which may, in its sole discretion, grant additional bursaries to successful candidates. FFF applications are assessed by an independent panel, including a representative of RPT.

This bursary was introduced in 2015 and is sponsored by acclaimed filmmaker Giselle Portenier, a member of the Forum’s board. It is open to freelance journalists or independent documentary makers with projects focusing on human rights abuses. The competition recognizes that such work can place practitioners in danger equal to that found in many conflict zones.

The sole winner each year will receive up to $3,000 CDN for hostile environment training by one of our approved course providers, as listed below. The competition is open to people of any nationality, with no requirement for a Canadian connection. The bursary is for safety training and associated travel only, not general production costs.


AKE, Centurion, Columbia Journalism School, 1st Options Security, Global Journalist Security, Pilgrims Group, Remote Trauma, Tundra Group or TYR Solutions. These courses typically run 4 to 5 days. The list of course providers is reviewed each year.