TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Early-career journalists looking to spend
a week exploring their beat in greater depth are encouraged to apply
for The Canadian Journalism Foundation's Greg Clark Award. The award was created in memory of one of Canada's greatest
journalists - a war correspondent, an avid outdoorsman, a humorist, but
above all, a great reporter who excelled at storytelling. The deadline
for applications is March 15, 2013.
The Greg Clark Award is unique in Canadian journalism, designed to offer
working journalists a chance to gain insight and meet key
decision-makers on their beats. The successful applicant will get an
opportunity to spend up to a week observing the inner workings of an
organization not usually accessible to the working journalist.
All arrangements for the award assignment will be made in consultation
with the award winner. The successful applicant will have expenses
covered for any travel and accommodation costs.
Last year's winner, Tamara Baluja, travelled to British Columbia's Haida Gwaii to report on positive
trends in First Nations' education. She won the award while working as
a reporter at The Globe and Mail and is now a freelance journalist.
"The award gave me the confidence to take that leap into the world of
freelancing," says Baluja. "It can be a challenge to get the attention
of editors when there are so many talented and more experienced writers
trying to sell stories. The Greg Clark Award was a door opener that led
to relationships with new editors."
Baluja cited the experience itself as eye opening. "I could have never
travelled to such remote reserves on my own dime," she says, "and as a
freelancer, that made it easier to get to stories that you want to tell
but don't have easy access.
"I highly recommend the Greg Clark Award to any young journalist. The
Canadian Journalism Foundation has been tremendously supportive of my
Baluja's experience resulted in articles published in the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. Read the report of Baluja's experience.
Applicants will be welcomed from Canadian journalists who have been
employed for one to five years and are employed by, under contract to,
or freelancing on the news and editorial side of regularly published
newspapers and periodicals, TV and radio news broadcasters, and online
Applicants must agree that any information gathered is off-the-record
unless the sponsoring organization agrees otherwise.
Successful applicants will write a brief summary of their experience
upon completion of their professional development opportunity.
How to Apply
Submit a proposal of no more than two pages outlining how such a
professional development opportunity would expand your knowledge of
your beat and help you in your daily work.
Provide two examples of your beat work.
Include a resume.
Include at least one letter of recommendation from a relevant employer.
We've now made it easier for you to apply with our online application form.
Visit our website for full details.
The winner will be honoured at the 16TH Annual CJF Annual Awards at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 13.
If you know of early-career journalists who deserve this opportunity,
please encourage them to apply.
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information:
Canadian Journalism Foundation
59 Adelaide St. East, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5C 1K6