Tina Brown and Harold Evans to be honoured at CJF Awards

TORONTO, March 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Tina Brown, the former New Yorker and Vanity Fair editor, and Harold Evans, the former editor of The Sunday Times, are this year's honourees for the CJF Tribute, which recognizes media luminaries who have made an impact on the international stage. The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) will present the honour at its annual CJF Awards on June 16 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

"The journalistic stratosphere was jolted when Harry met Tina," says David Walmsley, a CJF board member and editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail. "Together, they are among the industry's most accomplished—always taking risks, being brave. This gala event will be a night to celebrate two journalistic warriors."

An award-winning journalist, editor and author, Brown also served as editor-in-chief of Tatler at age 25. In 2008, she launched and edited the digital news site The Daily Beast, which merged with Newsweek two years later. Brown also is the author of the best-selling biography of the Princess of Wales, The Diana Chronicles. In recognition of her service to journalism, she was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000. She is currently CEO of Tina Brown Live Media, a company dedicated to summits, flash forums and debates. The company emerged from her annual Women in the World Summit, a three-day event that convened inspirational activists and political change-makers from around the world to share stories and offer solutions to build a better life for women and girls.

An author of several books, including the widely acclaimed The American Century, Evans is now editor-at-large for Reuters and a contributing editor of U.S. News & World Report.  As a long-time newspaper editor (Northern Echo and The Sunday Times), his journalism helped end capital punishment in Britain and ensured Thalidomide victims received a just settlement and an apology. In New York, as the president and publisher of Random House Trade Group, he was behind such iconic books as Primary Colours by Anonymous (Joe Klein) and the political campaign sensation What it Takes by the late Richard Ben Cramer. Evans was knighted in 2004 for services to journalism.

Past CJF Tribute honourees include Malcolm Gladwell, author and staff writer for The New Yorker; Robert MacNeil, news anchor and co-creator of The MacNeil/Lehrer Report; Morley Safer, CBS News correspondent; and Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair.

The CJF Awards is the evening when more than 500 of the country's business and media luminaries will celebrate excellence in journalism by honouring those who have made significant contributions to journalism throughout their careers and by recognizing emerging talent.

This year's CJF Awards will be hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio One's The Current.

Other awards to be presented include: the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism (awarded in two categories, large media and small media), the Lifetime Achievement Award, the CJF Innovation Award, The Landsberg Award, the CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowships, the Greg Clark Award, the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, the William Southam Journalism Fellowships and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy.

For tickets and tables, see contact information below or visit the CJF Awards page.

The Canadian Journalism Foundation thanks the following organizations for their support of the CJF Awards: CN, RBC, BMO Financial Group, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Accenture, Medtronic, Manulife, Rogers, Scotiabank, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Shaw Communications. Thanks also to the following for their in-kind support: CBC News, CNW, The Globe and Mail, iPolitics, Maclean's, Metro, Porter, Postmedia and Toronto Star. Dinner wines proudly sponsored by Charton Hobbs.

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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 websites J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

Contact:
Natalie Turvey, Executive Director
The Canadian Journalism Foundation
nturvey@cjf-fjc.ca
416-955-0396

To purchase a table or tickets for the CJF Awards, please contact:
Josh Gurfinkel, Office and IT Manager
The Canadian Journalism Foundation
jgurfinkel@cjf-fjc.ca
416-955-0394

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

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Image with caption: "Tina Brown, the former New Yorker and Vanity Fair editor, and Harold Evans, former editor of The Sunday Times who is currently editor-at-large for Reuters, will be honoured with the CJF Tribute at the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 16 in Toronto. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160311_C5559_PHOTO_EN_640456.jpg

For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, nturvey@cjf-fjc.ca, 416-955-0396

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