TORONTO, April 29, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation is pleased to announce Ashleigh Gaul, online editor with Up Here magazine about life in the northern territories, as the winner of the Greg Clark Award for early-career journalists.
The Greg Clark Award is unique in Canadian journalism, designed to offer
working journalists a chance to gain insight and meet key
decision-makers on their beats. Gaul, who has worked as a reporter for Baffinland Witness, will spend her Greg Clark experience in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut,
investigating the influence of mining developments on the region.
"The Nunavut Resources Corporation intrigues me because it's an
Inuit-owned company that takes an active and direct interest in the
business of mining," says Gaul. "I am hoping the people I meet in
Cambridge Bay and within the Nunavut Resources Corporation will help me
better understand the impact of Aboriginal participation on mining and
the communities involved."
The jury considered submissions from across the country and were drawn
to the compelling angle of Gaul's proposal.
"Without exception, each entry outlined a bold creative story idea that
went beyond the ordinary," says jury chair Tom Clark, chief political correspondent for Global News. "We chose Ashleigh for
many reasons, not least of which was because she proposed to peer into
an area where few have gone. The future of resource development in the
high North is complex, controversial and critical. With the assistance
that the Greg Clark Award can provide, Ashleigh can now travel to the
remotest parts of this country and find the stories that can only be
found there. It's Canadian curiosity at its best."
The award was created in memory of one of Canada's greatest journalists
- a war correspondent, an avid outdoorsman, a humorist, but above all,
a great reporter who excelled at storytelling.
Gaul will be honoured at the 16th Annual CJF Awards (#cjfawards), to be held this year at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto
on June 13.
The CJF would like to thank CNW Group and the Toronto Star for their generous support of this award.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
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 operating journalism websites, J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca
(French), in cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools;
by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists,
business people, government officials, academics and students about the
role of the media in Canadian society; and by fostering opportunities
for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
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