Canadian Journalism Foundation announces Laura Stone as Greg Clark Award winner

TORONTO, May 6, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation is pleased to announce Laura Stone, a federal politics reporter for Globalnews.ca, as the winner of this year's Greg Clark Award for early-career journalists.

The Greg Clark Award, unique in Canadian journalism, offers working journalists a chance to spend a week gaining insight, gathering strategic information and meeting key decision-makers on a specific issue or beat. Stone proposed shadowing the RCMP's National Division to learn about the nature of police work on sensitive cases—and the RCMP agreed.

"I believe the experience of spending a week inside the RCMP's National Division, which handles the country's most high-risk and sensitive investigations, will grant me a window into a world I often write about but have never experienced first-hand," says Stone, who is based in Ottawa. "The knowledge I will gain from being in the unit and learning how cases are put together will benefit me for the rest of my journalistic career. Thank you to both The Canadian Journalism Foundation and the RCMP for granting me this opportunity."

Prior to joining Globalnews.ca, Stone worked at the Vancouver Province, Postmedia News' Parliamentary bureau and the Calgary Herald, where she wrote a national series about women's prisons as the inaugural winner of the Michelle Lang Fellowship. At Globalnews, Laura covers a wide variety of stories, including the "Lunch with Laura" series.

"This year's Greg Clark Award attracted engaging proposals across the country from young journalists with keen and inquiring minds," says Dan Dunsky, jury member and executive producer of TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin. "One thing is clear: these are people who care. Laura Stone's pitch rose to the top because it is a story of national interest involving issues of transparency, accountability and justice at the highest levels."

The award was created in memory of Greg Clark, one of Canada's greatest journalists - a war correspondent, an avid outdoorsman, a humorist, but above all a great reporter who excelled at storytelling.

Stone will be honoured at the CJF Awards (#CJFawards), to be held this year at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 3.

The CJF would like to thank Shaw Communications and the Toronto Star for their generous support of this award.

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

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For further information: Wendy Kan, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 595 Bay Street, Suite 401, Toronto, ON M5G 2C2, 416-955-0975, programs@cjf-fjc.ca

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