The Canadian Journalism Foundation announces Excellence in Journalism Award finalists

TORONTO, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is proud to announce the Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large/national media and local/regional media categories.

Unlike other awards honouring specific journalistic achievements, the CJF celebrates news organizations that embrace ideals of journalistic excellence - accuracy, independence, accountability to the audience, courage and originality - with its annual Excellence in Journalism Awards. The shortlist contains news outlets that embody exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community they serve. "The range of nominations we received for both large and small media highlight the many different ways news organizations are adapting to the dramatic changes sweeping over the industry," says Chris Waddell, jury chair and director of the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. "The nominees are all examples of innovations in coverage and relations with audiences matched with a sharp focus on the traditional strengths of influential and distinctive journalism."

The five finalists in the large or national media category are:

CP Picture Service
CTV News
Globalnews.ca
Toronto Star
Winnipeg Free Press

The five finalists in the local or regional media category are:
CBC Edmonton
CBC New Brunswick
Global Calgary
L'Écho de Frontenac
Vancouver Observer

The winners will be announced at the 17th Annual CJF Awards to be held at The Fairmont Royal York on June 4 in Toronto.

The Excellence in Journalism Award, now in its 18th year, was established by Dr. F.L.R. (Eric) Jackman, chairman of the Jackman Foundation and founder of The Canadian Journalism Foundation.

The members of the jury include:

Christopher Waddell, Director, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Hershell Ezrin, Managing Director, Ezrin Communications
Dr. F.L.R. Jackman, PhD, Chairman, Jackman Foundation
Kenneth McRoberts, Principal, Glendon, York University
Frank Switzer, Vice-President, Corporate Communications, Sun Life Financial
Bruce Wallace, Editor, Policy Options

For more information, visit our Excellence in Journalism Award page or contact Natalie Turvey at nturvey@cjf-fjc.ca or at 416-955-0394. Follow #CJFawards on Twitter.

About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement through an annual awards program; by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society; by supporting journalism websites, J-Source.ca English and ProjetJ.ca (French), in cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools; and by fostering opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

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Natalie Turvey
Executive Director
The Canadian Journalism Foundation
59 Adelaide St. E, 5th floor
Toronto, ON  M5C 1K6
Phone: 416-955-0394 * Fax: 416-532-6879 * email: nturvey@cjf-fjc.ca