The BeLaboured project

Overseen by Canadian University Press (CUP) with support from Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), the BeLaboured Project project engaged student journalists on how to better report on the movement for decent work on their campuses and in their communities. Seven student journalists were mentored by some of Canada’s top journalists, photographers and editors to write long-form pieces on a labour topic of their choice - putting the conversation in the hands of youth, the demographic arguably most affected by labour issues in the current labour market.

The students were introduced to best practices on labour reporting and the background of the project through training seminar provided by Journalists for Human Rights in September 2015. For those who were unable to attend in person, it was also livestreamed to ensure all students could participate.

In the following year, students worked closely with their mentors to research, interview, write and edit their submissions. The result? The seven students produced six long-form articles and one photo essay exploring a myriad of labour issues in Canada today. Specifically, the pieces explore: careers for women in politics, the effects of the economic downturn in Alberta, integrating physical activity into work lives, workplace disruption from automation in grocery stores, the labour effects of changing media consumption from print to digital, barriers for refugees looking to enter the workforce, and diversity in the media workforce and its implications.



Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is Canada’s leading media development organization. JHR helps journalists build their capacity to report ethically and effectively on human rights and governance issues in their communities.

Canadian University Press (CUP) was founded in 1938 and is a Canadian national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the Canadian student press. Its goals include creating a collective and cooperative network of student publications and its means include creating opportunities and resources, organizing conferences, advocating on behalf of student publications, and facilitating both real and symbolic connections between papers across the country. CUP represents members in universities and colleges coast-to-coast, from Vancouver, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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Please send your enquires and feedback to project coordinators Cameron Raynor (Canadian University Press) or Hannah Clifford (Journalists for Human Rights) at or