ABC CANADA Now Accepting Journalists' Submissions for Gzowski Award

    Deadline: June 15, 2007

    TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation has announced a
call to all Canadian journalists for submissions to the Peter Gzowski Literacy
Award of Merit. Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2007.
    The Peter Gzowski Literacy Award of Merit was developed by ABC CANADA, in
honour of broadcaster and writer Peter Gzowski, to recognize the talent,
effort and commitment required to achieve quality reporting on issues related
to literacy.
    The competition is open to all professional journalists working and
residing in Canada. Journalists may submit their own work, or nominate the
work of a fellow journalist. Entries may be of either a local or national
interest, and may be based on reporting analysis, commentary, special section,
feature or series. Entries will be accepted from the following categories:
newspaper (daily, community, regional or national), magazine, television news,
television feature (news magazine/talk show), radio interview and Internet.
Entries for the 2007 competition must have been published, broadcast or posted
online between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006.
    The selection committee will evaluate each article or broadcast based on
specific criteria including accuracy of information and balanced reporting on
subject matter, thoroughness of analysis, journalistic style, and the
importance of the commentary in generating awareness and/or "heat" on the
literacy issue. The winner will be notified by Friday, July 27, 2007.

    Award presentation, September 5

    The winner will be honoured at a special award presentation on
September 5, 2007 in Toronto. A $1,000 donation will be made, in the winning
journalist's name, to a literacy organization in their community.

    Other past Gzowski Award winners include:

    -   Mike Aiken, reporter for the Kenora Daily Miner & News and the Lake
        of the Woods Enterprise for his ongoing coverage of social and
        literacy issues in the Kenora, Ontario-area Aboriginal community.
        Through his regular political and social reporting and in his
        commentaries in "Mike's Musings," Aiken has, variously, addressed the
        social realities of Native people, where literacy and numeracy
        challenges play a pivotal role; upbraided or congratulated, as the
        case may be, the actions of politicians and policy-makers; and
        chronicled the successes of a community overcoming unique barriers;

    -   Irene Davis, a Toronto-based freelancer was recognized for her
        commentary in the November 22, 2005 Facts & Arguments section of The
        Globe and Mail, where she reflected on her more than 15 years
        volunteering as a tutor at the Toronto Public Library Adult Literacy
        Program. It is an impassioned account of individuals transforming
        their lives, doubtless a revelation to many readers who would be
        unfamiliar with the reality of low literacy, and a compelling
        argument for becoming a volunteer tutor;

    -   Sean Fine, editorial writer for The Globe and Mail, who was
        recognized for his editorials addressing various issues related to
        literacy, including calling on Canada at the end of 2004 to reach the
        goal of 'most literate nation';

    -   Paul-Emile Cormier, Journal l'Etoile, New Brunswick - the first
        Francophone to receive this award - who has written a weekly literacy
        column for the French-language newspaper since 2001;

    -   Alan White, Telegraph-Journal, for numerous articles written on
        literacy and education issues in New Brunswick since 1996, especially
        focusing on the impact of low literacy skills and promoting local
        literacy programs and literacy advocacy;

    -   Joel Jacobson (Halifax Herald), who has written numerous articles
        promoting the importance of literacy in Halifax, and throughout
        Nova Scotia;

    -   Peter Calamai (Toronto Star) for his career-long commitment to the
        literacy issue. Mr. Calamai directed a six-month study of literacy in
        Canada that included the first measurement of literacy levels among
        Canadian adults;

    -   Denise Donlon (MuchMusic) for her creation of the
        Rock'n'Roll'nReading programs that invited prominent rock musicians
        to talk about reading and encourage young viewers to read.

    The late Peter Gzowski, former journalist, broadcaster and longtime Board
member of ABC CANADA, was a dedicated supporter of the literacy cause. His
work as a print journalist included roles as the entertainment editor of the
Toronto Star, editor of Star Weekly and editor and managing editor of
Maclean's. He became a household name as the host of CBC Radio's This Country
in the Morning. An accomplished author, he wrote several nonfiction books
before returning to CBC Radio as host of Morningside in 1982. A project Peter
took great pride in was the series of golf tournaments which he founded in aid
of literacy. In 1986, Peter vowed to raise $1 million in his lifetime to
benefit community-based literacy organizations. To date the PGI Golf
Tournaments for Literacy - Founded by Peter Gzowski have raised more than
$10 million net, making this initiative the most successful fundraiser for
literacy in Canada.

    ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is the national charity committed to
raising awareness about family, adult and workplace literacy issues. ABC
CANADA's focus is on public awareness programs, providing promotional support
to local literacy groups, and conducting research to further the development
of a fully literate Canadian population. For more information or to download a
copy of the Gzowski Award entry form, visit:

For further information:

For further information: Jim Pollock, Director of Communications, ABC
CANADA Literacy Foundation, Phone: (416) 218-0010, ext. 126, Toll-Free:
1-800-303-1004, ext. 126, E-mail:

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