Sold-out CJF Awards celebrates journalistic excellence: Peter Mansbridge among presenters

TORONTO, June 7, 2017 /CNW/ - In a year highlighting the news media's critical role, The Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards is proud to honour journalistic excellence across the country and abroad.

The sold-out CJF Awards will be hosted by Canadian globetrotter Lyse Doucet, BBC's chief international correspondent and senior presenter for BBC World TV and BBC World Service Radio. The annual event attracts more than 600 journalists, media executives, academics and business leaders. This year, it takes place this Thursday, June 8, in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York.

"It's wonderful to have the support of media and business communities at a time when quality journalism is more critical than ever," says CJF executive director Natalie Turvey. "We are thrilled to recognize the work, talent and enterprise of journalists—both recipients and nominees."

Peter Mansbridge, host of The National and chief correspondent for CBC News, will present this year's CJF Tribute to Jake Tapper, CNN's chief Washington correspondent and daily anchor of The Lead with Jake Tapper, for upholding the highest standards of excellence and inspiring working journalists around the world. Tapper, known for his work on the 2016 U.S. election and his relentless questioning to combat spin and fake news, also hosts CNN's Sunday morning show, State of the Union, where he interviews newsmakers on politics and policy.

Another highlight of the evening will be the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Jean Pelletier, currently senior director of television current affairs and documentaries for Radio-Canada, in recognition of an extraordinary career as a reporter, editor, producer and journalism trailblazer—in both print and broadcast. As La Presse's first permanent correspondent in Washington, D.C., Pelletier uncovered the story of the 1980 dramatic escape from Iran of six U.S. diplomats who were hidden by Canadian embassy staff during the Tehran hostage crisis.

Winners will also be announced from shortlists for the CJF Innovation Award and the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism in two categories: large and small media. (The shortlists are available at http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards/cjf-jackman-award-excellence-journalism.)  

Other awards to be presented include the CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, The Landsberg Award, the Greg Clark Award, the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, the William Southam Journalism Fellowships and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy.

This year's media guests include: Gurdeep Ahluwalia, Doug Alexander, Peter Armstrong, Robert Benzie, Ian Brown, Piya Chattopadhyay, Christine Dobby, Dwight Drummond, Matt Galloway, Chantal Hébert, Carolyn Jarvis, Amber Kanwar, Tim Kiladze, Jacquie McNish, Anne-Marie Mediwake, Shree Paradkar, Grant Robertson, Craig Silverman, Anna Maria Tremonti and Paul Wells, among others.

The CJF thanks presenting sponsor CN, along with the following organizations for their support of this event: BMO Financial Group, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Accenture, Medtronic, Scotiabank, Shaw Communications, Barrick Gold Corporation, Manulife, Rogers, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, CTV News, Facebook Journalism Project, The Jackman Foundation, Thomson Reuters, Canadian Bankers Association, CIBC as well as Tom Kierans and Mary Janigan.

Thank you also to The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Metro, National Post, Toronto Star, CNW, CPAC, The Canadian Press and Porter Airlines for their in-kind support.

Executives and leaders from the following major media outlets, businesses and organizations will also be among those attending the event: Aimia, Blakes, Cassels and Graydon, Bloomberg News, Canadian Women's Foundation, CBC, Radio-Canada, CNW, Fasken Martineau, Global Public Affairs, General Motors Canada, Google, H+K Strategies, Morneau Shepell, RBC, Shaw Communications, Sussex Strategy Group, TD Bank Group, Torys LLP, Twitter Canada and Weber Shandwick Canada.

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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 fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

For further information: Wendy Kan, Director of Programming, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, wkan@cjf-fjc.ca, 416-955-0975

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