Last week to apply for the Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award

TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Canadian news organizations have less than one week to apply for the prestigious Excellence in Journalism Award, presented by the Canadian Journalism Foundation. The deadline for submissions is March 4, 2011.

Applicants must submit a written description explaining how the organization ensures journalistic excellence in areas of accuracy/accountability, originality/independence, diversity and professional development. Submissions should also include specific examples that illuminate these achievements.

Winners in two categories are selected: 1) small/medium or local/regional media, and 2) large or national media. Past winners include the Toronto Star, Winnipeg Free Press and The Canadian Press in the large categories; and Metroland Durham Region, The Tyee and The Telegram in the small category.

This year's winner will be announced at the CJF 14th Annual Awards Gala to be held at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel on June 7, 2011.  As previously announced, Robert MacNeil, legendary political correspondent and co-anchor of the MacNeil/Lehrer Report, will be presented with the CJF Honorary Tribute. Other awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Greg Clark Award and the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, will also be presented.

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 operating journalism websites, (English) and (French), in cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools; and by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists, business men and women, politicians, government officials and academics about the role of the media in Canadian society.

SOURCE News - Media

For further information:

Natalie Turvey
Executive Director
The Canadian Journalism Foundation
59 Adelaide St. E, 5th floor
Toronto, ON  M5C 1K6
Phone: 416-955-0394 * Fax: 416-532-6879 * e-mail:


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