TORONTO, April 22, 2016 /CNW/ - The Landsberg Award for the first time has selected two winners in recognition of the year's exceptional coverage of women's equality issues. One of this year's recipients is the Radio-Canada Enquête duo of journalist Josée Dupuis and producer/director Emmanuel Marchand while the other is Catherine Porter, a columnist and feature writer with the Toronto Star.
"In a year of outstanding submissions, from both emerging journalists and established feminist voices, it was more difficult than ever to choose a single Landsberg Award winner," says Matt Galloway, a member of the jury and host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio in Toronto. "The work of Catherine Porter and Josée Dupuis/Emmanuel Marchand exemplify the values of the award, exposing bias, challenging the establishment and ultimately leading to significant change. Their work is vital, and it's a pleasure to celebrate this recognition."
Presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation, The Landsberg Award typically celebrates one journalist who gives greater profile to women's equality issues. The annual award recognizes exceptional research, analysis and presentation through a gender lens about women's equality issues in Canada across print, broadcast or online news.
In the wake of the 1,200 aboriginal women who have gone missing or were murdered in Canada over the past 30 years, Dupuis and Marchand found aboriginal women who were willing to talk about the racism, sexism, and sexual and physical abuse that they suffered at the hands of the police in the northern Quebec town of Val-d'Or. Their work's impact included—but was not limited to—the suspension of eight provincial police officers and the appointment of the community's first female police chief. View the French or English version of "SQ Abuse: women break the silence."
Porter, who focuses on social justice issues, was recognized for a selection of her work as a columnist. She explored systemic issues, as exemplified by "College of Physicians slow to censure silent bystanders" and "Slayings of three women sign of broken system," and delved into controversial topics, as in "Niqab debate is about immigration, not women's equality."
The winners will each receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation, to be presented at the annual CJF Awards on June 16 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York.
The award is named after Michele Landsberg—an award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist—to acknowledge the tremendous impact she has had as an advocate and role model for women.
Chair - Sally Armstrong, journalist, human rights activist and author
Catherine Cano, president and general manager, CPAC
Matt Galloway, host, Metro Morning, CBC Radio One
Lianne George, editor-in-chief, Chatelaine
Sheherazade Hirji, president and CEO, Canadian Women's Foundation
Michele Landsberg, journalist, author, feminist and social justice advocate
Anne-Marie Mediwake, co-host, CBC News Toronto
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.
About the Canadian Women's Foundation
The Canadian Women's Foundation is Canada's public foundation for women and girls. We empower women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence and leadership. Since 1991, we've raised money and invested in over 1,400 community programs across Canada, and are now one of the ten largest women's foundations in the world. We take a positive approach to address root causes of the most critical issues facing women and girls. We study and share the best ways to create long-term change and bring community organizations together for training and to learn from each other. We carefully select and fund the programs with the strongest outcomes and regularly evaluate their work. We have a special focus on building a community of women helping other women. Helping women creates safer families and communities, and a more prosperous society for all of us. We invest in the strength of women and the dreams of girls. For more information please visit www.canadianwomen.org.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
Image with caption: "For the first time, The Landsberg Award has selected two winners: the Radio-Canada Enquête duo of journalist Josée Dupuis (left) and producer/director Emmanuel Marchand (middle), and Catherine Porter (right), a columnist with the Toronto Star. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C8266_PHOTO_EN_672186.jpg
Image with caption: "For the first time, The Landsberg Award has selected two winners: the Radio-Canada Enquête duo of journalist Josée Dupuis (left) and producer/director Emmanuel Marchand (middle), and Catherine Porter (right), a columnist with the Toronto Star. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C8266_PHOTO_EN_672184.jpg
Image with caption: "For the first time, The Landsberg Award has selected two winners: the Radio-Canada Enquête duo of journalist Josée Dupuis and producer/director Emmanuel Marchand, and Catherine Porter, a columnist with the Toronto Star. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C8266_PHOTO_EN_672182.jpg
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