TORONTO, May 10, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is pleased to announce David Walmsley as Chair of the Board. He replaces John Cruickshank, the former publisher of the Toronto Star recently appointed Consul General of Canada in Chicago.
"David brings enormous energy, imagination and integrity to the chairman's role," says Cruickshank. "The organization will benefit as it continues to expand its reach across the country from David's experience with national media and the friendships he has made with journalists across Canada."
Walmsley is the Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail. His appointment to that role, in 2014, returned him to the news organization where he previously worked as the Managing Editor and National Editor. Under his editorship, The Globe and Mail has won the Michener Award, various national newspaper awards, top honours among an international field at the global Online Journalism Awards and a series of Eppy awards recognizing digital excellence. In 2015, Walmsley moderated the federal leaders' election debate on the economy in Calgary, Alberta. He previously held senior positions at the CBC in Toronto and Ottawa, Toronto Star and National Post.
He began his career at The Belfast Telegraph where he was named Northern Ireland Young Journalist of the Year in 1995. He also worked for The Daily Record in Scotland and The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph in London. He spent 17 years investigating the worst helicopter crash in Royal Air Force history, ultimately helping to clear the names of the two dead pilots. He was associate producer of the related Channel 4 documentary The Final Flight of Zulu Delta 576.
Walmsley belongs to a range of industry bodies. He serves as an advisor to the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University in Toronto. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on the executive steering group of the industry's Trust Project, thetrustproject.org, organized out of Santa Clara University in California. He is also a judge of the Shorty Awards in New York City, recognizing the best in short-form content on social media.
The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded 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 annual industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speaker's 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 fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
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