Apply now for Canadian Journalism Foundation's 2016 awards program

TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - To honour excellence in journalism, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) now welcomes submissions for its 2016 awards program. There is a range of awards, from recognition for journalistic achievements to opportunities for those early in their careers. The deadline for all awards is Feb. 19, 2016.

"The CJF awards have achieved a pre-eminent status in Canadian journalism," says Christopher Waddell, chair of the awards committee and associate professor with Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication. "The CJF Awards gala is an annual event everyone looks forward as we recognize outstanding journalism and the work of both individuals and organizations. As the world of journalism keeps changing, excellence remains a constant worth celebrating as demonstrated by the range and breadth of entries we receive annually."

The awards now open for submissions are:

CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism
This award honours a Canadian organization that embodies exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community it serves. There are two winners, one for large media and one for small. Read the award details.

CJF Innovation Award
At a time when news organizations face unprecedented challenges and demands for change, this award recognizes innovations that have a demonstrated impact in advancing the quality of journalism. Read the award details.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada. The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her work and contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others. We encourage nominations from all categories of journalism. Read the award details.

CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowships
These fellowships allow two early-career Aboriginal journalists to explore issues of interest to First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples while being hosted by CBC News for one month at the Aboriginal Centre in Winnipeg. A stipend of $3,000, all associated travel and accommodation costs, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses, will be covered by the CJF. Thank you to CBC News, RBC Foundation, CN, Rosemary Speirs, CJF honorary governor, and Isabel Bassett, former chair and CEO of TVO, for their generous support of these fellowships. Read the award details.

The Landsberg Award
This award recognizes a working journalist doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women's equality issues in Canada. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply. The award is named after Michele Landsberg—award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist. The award recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation. In partnership with the Canadian Women's Foundation. Read the award details.

Greg Clark Award
This 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. This award is generously supported by Shaw Communications and the Toronto Star. Read the award details.

All recipients will be recognized at the annual CJF Awards (#CJFawards) at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 16. Early-bird rates for tickets and tables are available until February 26.

About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers' series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

Image with caption: "The Globe and Mail won the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism in the large media category for its "Thalidomide" series at the 2015 CJF Awards. Ingrid Peritz, Montreal-based correspondent, and David Walmsley, editor-in-chief, accepted the award. The CJF is now accepting submissions for this year's awards program. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160118_C8179_PHOTO_EN_600073.jpg

For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 595 Bay St., Suite 401, Toronto, ON M5G 2C2, Phone: 416-955-0396 e-mail: nturvey@cjf-fjc.ca

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