OTTAWA, May 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Massey College, an interdisciplinary
graduate college within the University of Toronto, is the recipient of
this year's Canadian Association of Journalists' President Award for
its significant contributions to Canadian journalism.
The president's award was created and is awarded at the president's
discretion to any individuals or organizations that have made exemplary
contributions to Canadian journalism. Massey College, home to the
William Southam Journalism Fellowships, was selected as this year's
recipient by CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues. The award was received by
college administrator Anna Luengo at the CAJ's annual conference
banquet and awards gala held at the Westin Hotel Ottawa.
Rodrigues honoured the vision of fellowship program founders St. Clair
Balfour and Gordon N. Fisher, of the former Southam Newspaper Group,
who in 1961 dreamed of a program that would be as prestigious and
worthy as the well-known Nieman Fellowships at Harvard University. That
program began in 1962, a year before the college it has called its home
since was opened to its first group of graduate students.
Massey College is in the midst of its 50th anniversary celebrations and Rodrigues said there could be no more
fitting opportunity to recognize its role.
The William Southam fellowships program, thanks to its healthy roster of
funders and supporters, allows journalists to benefit from an
eight-month, paid, sabbatical from professional work to imbibe in all
that a graduate interdisciplinary college has to offer. Southam fellows
have access to the wonderful facilities of the college itself, the
inspiring graduate students, senior fellows and residents who give it
life and through Massey, the entire world of the University of Toronto.
"Every journalist alumnus of this program has had their lives changed by
the fellowship experience, spreading its impact into their careers and
amongst their own newsrooms," said Rodrigues, who had the honour of
being the 2010-11 Gordon N. Fisher fellow. "Massey College saves
journalists and by extension provides an invaluable contribution to the
journalistic community in Canada."
The President's Award is given under circumstances of exceptional merit
to those people or organizations that have made a significant
contribution to Canadian journalism. Previous recipients include the
Canadian Journalism Project, the now-defunct independent Carleton Free
Press weekly newspaper from Woodstock, N.B., murdered photojournalist
Zahra Kazemi, crime writer Michel Auger, journalist Tara Singh Hayer
and Canada's media lawyers.
The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization
with over 500 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary roles are
public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Journalists
For further information:
Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president, 519-756-2020 ext. 2226, 519-535-8680 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org
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