TORONTO, May 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is pleased to welcome John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star and president of the Star Media Group, as the new chair of its board of directors, effective May 21, replacing outgoing chair Robert Lewis.
"CJF has done wonderful work in journalism education and training, in
putting serious ethical and professional discussions and debates in
front of the Canadian public with its vibrant programming and in
seeking to build a constituency for responsible journalism across the
country," says Cruickshank, who will continue in his positions with the
Star. "I'd also like to recognize the profound contributions that Robert
Lewis and (previous chair) John Macfarlane made to CJF in giving it the
stability and deep sense of purpose it has today."
Prior to joining the Star, Cruickshank was publisher of CBC News, where he was responsible for
all English language television, radio and online news. He has also
served as publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, chief operating officer of the Sun-Times Media Group and as
vice-president of editorial at the Sun-Times. Cruickshank is a former
managing editor of The Globe and Mail and former editor-in-chief of the Vancouver Sun. He has also worked for the Montreal Gazette and started his journalism career with the Kingston Whig-Standard.
"John has held senior journalism leadership posts across the country and
in the United States," says Lewis, who is wrapping up a three-year term. "He has worked in print,
television and the digital world. He is a man of vision and humanity,
with a great understanding of how this country works. He is widely
admired by fellow journalists and others whose paths he has crossed.
CJF is truly fortunate to have him at the helm."
Under Lewis's leadership, the CJF has enhanced its suite of awards with The Landsberg Award and the CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship. And he has spearheaded the effort for this year's CJF Tribute to recognize investigative journalism across the country. The J-Talks discussion series has also expanded its reach outside of Toronto, with
talks held in Ottawa and Calgary. The CJF is also positioned on a strong financial course.
In addition to this transition on May 21, the CJF board will also
welcome a new vice-chair. Scott White, the vice-president of content strategy and business development at
Postmedia Network, who was the longtime editor-in-chief at The Canadian
Press, will serve in that position alongside vice-chair Maureen
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); and by fostering opportunities for journalism education,
training and research.
Image with caption: "John Cruickshank, the new chair of The Canadian Journalism Foundation, effective May 21. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140502_C6409_PHOTO_EN_39901.jpg
Image with caption: "Robert Lewis, outgoing chair of The Canadian Journalism Foundation. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140502_C6409_PHOTO_EN_39900.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
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