TORONTO, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Toronto Star has won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large/national media category at the largest-ever 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) Awards.
"In the finest traditions of investigative journalism, the Toronto Star fearlessly committed its journalistic resources to uncovering one of
the most important ethical stories in recent political leadership,
despite economic cost and some politically motivated criticism," says Hershell Ezrin, a member of the jury. "But these principles and commitment to telling the whole story were
also demonstrated in developing other major stories of the year and how
they impacted Canadians." The Vancouver Observer won in the local/regional media category and L'Echo de Frontenac received an Honourable Mention. The award honours an organization that
embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a
resulting impact on the community it serves.
Other Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large/national
category included the CP Picture Service, CTV News, Globalnews.ca and the Winnipeg Free Press. Finalists in the local/regional media category included CBC Edmonton, CBC New Brunswick and Global Calgary.
More than 500 journalists, media executives and business leaders from
across the country gathered at The Fairmont Royal York for the annual
celebration of excellence in journalism. The sold-out event was hosted
by Lisa LaFlamme, chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News.
Among the evening's other awards:
The inaugural CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship, presented in partnership with CBC News and supported by RBC
Foundation, CN and Rosemary Speirs, allows an Aboriginal journalist
early in his or her career the opportunity to explore an issue of
interest to First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples while being hosted by
CBC News for one month at its new Aboriginal centre in Winnipeg. This
year's fellow is Chantelle Bellrichard, an associate producer at CBC Vancouver and a web developer at the UBC
Graduate School of Journalism. She will use this opportunity to explore
the newly implemented First Nations health governance model in British
The inaugural Landsberg Award, in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation, celebrates a
journalist giving greater profile to women's equality issues. Named
after Michele Landsberg, journalist, author, social activist and
feminist, the award comes with a $5,000 prize. This year's recipient is
Janet McFarland, a business reporter with The Globe and Mail whose reporting raised the issue of gender inequality on corporate
The Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy provides a seasoned Canadian journalist with $100,000 and an
opportunity to pursue a year-long investigation into a current policy
issue and is sponsored by the Atkinson Foundation, the Toronto Star and the Honderich family. This year's recipient is Gillian Steward, a columnist for the Toronto Star and teacher at Mount Royal University who is completing her PhD in
Communication studies with a focus on journalism. For her fellowship,
she will investigate the approval processes for oil sands and
The Greg Clark Award, sponsored by the Toronto Star and CNW Group, went to Katie May, a digital copy editor with the Winnipeg Free Press, who will spend her experience in a Rankin Inlet, Nunavut birthing
centre to observe how its particular approach might help solve the
maternal health crisis among First Nations women in remote northern
The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, presented with The Canadian Press and supported by Nikon, went to Hannah Yoon, a freelance photographer and recent graduate of Loyalist College.
The William Southam Journalism Fellowships, which reward mid-career journalists with an academic year to audit any
courses in the discipline of their choice and to participate fully in
life at Massey College, are awarded annually by the University of
Toronto and Massey College. This year's five winners are:
Samuel Awami, a journalist with The Citizen in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, who is the recipient of the Gordon N.
Fisher/jhr Fellowship, awarded in partnership with Journalists for
Human Rights and named after the late Gordon N. Fisher who, along with
the late St. Clair Balfour of Southam Newspapers, created the
fellowships in 1962;
Sarah Lazarovic, a freelance visual journalist, who received the Kierans-Janigan Fellowship, funded through the
generosity of former CJF chair Tom Kierans and his wife Mary Janigan in
honour of one of Canada's greatest arts journalists, the late Val Ross
of The Globe and Mail;
Lisa Godfrey, a senior producer with Q on CBC Radio, who received the
Catherine Solyom, a feature writer, reporter and assignment editor with The Montreal Gazette, received the Webster McConnell Fellowship, named after two
Angela Sterritt, a reporter and editor with CBC North, who received the St. Clair
The previously announced Lifetime Achievement Award went to Peter Bregg, for a remarkable career capturing images at home and abroad. Bregg was
chief photographer at Maclean's for 17 years; has worked as a photographer and photo editor with The
Canadian Press and the Associated Press in Ottawa, Boston, London, New
York and Washington, D.C.; and was the official photographer to Prime
Minister Brian Mulroney in 1984-85. Bregg is a member of
PhotoSensitive, a photo collective that uses photography to support
charitable causes, and he continues to take freelance commissions while
teaching photojournalism at Toronto's Ryerson University School of
This year, the CJF Tribute honoured a remarkable year of investigative journalism by recognizing
reporting from across the country:
In this joint investigation, the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald revealed that 145 children died in provincial care over 14 years,
triple the amount reported to the public.
Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald and Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal
"SNC-Lavalin: Service secret"
Anne Panasuk and Luc Tremblay
"Mike Duffy Made Secret Deal with Harper's Chief Of Staff During Audit" and "Wright Worked with Two Conservative Senators to Reach Duffy Deal, Emails
"Canadians in Algerian Gas Plant Attack Identified"
The National, CBC News
"Lac-Mégantic: An Investigation into the Disaster and its Causes"
Jacquie McNish and Grant Robertson, on behalf of the investigative team
The Globe and Mail
"Rob Ford in 'crack cocaine' video scandal"
Kevin Donovan and Robyn Doolittle
The Canadian Journalism Foundation thanks the following organizations
for their support: BMO Financial Group, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Postmedia Network Inc., Accenture, Waste Management of Canada, Scotiabank, Medtronic, Jackman Foundation and RBC. Thank you also to CBC News, CNW, Maclean's, Metro, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star and Porter for their in-kind support.
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 organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, government
officials, academics and students about the role of the media in
Canadian society; by supporting journalism websites, J-Source.ca English and ProjetJ.ca (French); and by fostering opportunities for journalism education,
training and research.
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
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