TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Early-career journalists looking to spend
a week exploring their beat in greater depth are encouraged to apply
for The Canadian Journalism Foundation's Greg Clark Award.
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. The deadline for
applications is March 14, 2014.
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. The successful applicant will get an
opportunity to spend up to a week observing the inner workings of an
organization not usually accessible to the working journalist.
"This award was always intended to be unique, but over the years it has
also become transformative," says Tom Clark, chair of the jury who is also chief political correspondent for Global
News and host of The West Block with Tom Clark. "For journalists in the early part of their careers, the opportunity
to pursue a story that would otherwise be out of reach is exceptional
and can shape an entire career. Giving this award—knowing what it can
provide—is a truly wonderful experience."
All arrangements for the award assignment will be made in consultation
with the award winner. The successful applicant will have expenses
covered for any travel and accommodation costs.
Last year's winner, Ashleigh Gaul, currently the online editor for Up Here, travelled to Nunavut's Cambridge Bay to report on the impact of mining
on Inuit culture and community.
"The Greg Clark experience gave me the chance to look at a working
exploration site in the context of a whole community affected by it,"
says Gaul. "I am still writing stories from my trip and I know I will
be for a long time to come."
Read the report of Gaul's experience. Her experience resulted in the following articles:
- Up Here Business - Hope Bay springs eternal
- Up Here - Busting guts
- Up Here - Dispatch: Double cutters
Applications will be welcomed from Canadian journalists who have been
employed for one to five years and are employed by, under contract to,
or freelancing on the news and editorial side of regularly published
newspapers and periodicals, TV and radio news broadcasters, and online
Applicants must agree that any information gathered is off-the-record
unless the sponsoring organization agrees otherwise. There may be an
opportunity to pitch stories to specific media outlets together with
the sponsoring organization.
Successful applicants will write a brief summary of their experience and
provide photos/video upon completion of their professional development
opportunity, to be posted on the CJF website.
How to Apply
Submit a proposal of no more than two pages outlining how such a
professional development opportunity would expand your knowledge of
your beat and help you in your daily work.
Provide two examples of your beat work.
Include a resume.
Include at least one letter of recommendation from a relevant employer.
Visit our website for full details. Apply now with our online application form.
If you know of early-career journalists who deserve this opportunity,
please encourage them to apply.
The winner will be honoured at the 17TH Annual CJF Awards at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 4, 2014. This award is
generously supported by CNW and the Toronto Star.
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), in cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools;
and by fostering opportunities for journalism education, training and
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information:
Canadian Journalism Foundation
59 Adelaide St. East, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5C 1K6