TORONTO, Feb. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Journalists giving greater profile to women's equality issues are encouraged to apply for The Landsberg Award, presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation. The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 8, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
"There is no other journalism award in Canada that recognizes news coverage promoting gender equality, which makes this prize especially important," says Janet McFarland, business reporter with The Globe and Mail whose reporting on gender inequality on corporate boards led to her earning the inaugural award last year. "It offers public support for journalists who are dedicated to shining a light on the subject, which is very encouraging and motivating."
Now in its second year, this award recognizes a working journalist (employed or freelance) doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women's equality issues in Canada. The recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply.
The award is named after Michele Landsberg—award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist—to acknowledge the tremendous impact she had as an advocate and role model for all women in Canada.
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.
About the Canadian Women's Foundation
The Canadian Women's Foundation is Canada's public foundation for women and girls. We empower women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence. Since 1991, we've raised money and invested in over 1,300 community programs across Canada, and are now one of the ten largest women's foundations in the world. We take a positive approach to address root causes of the most critical issues facing women and girls. We study and share the best ways to create long-term change and bring community organizations together for training and to learn from each other. We carefully select and fund the programs with the strongest outcomes and regularly evaluate their work. We have a special focus on building a community of women helping other women. Helping women creates safer families and communities, and a more prosperous society for all of us. We invest in the strength of women and the dreams of girls. For more information please visit www.canadianwomen.org.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
Image with caption: "Janet McFarland, a business reporter with The Globe and Mail whose reporting focussed on the issue of gender inequality on corporate boards, was the recipient of the inaugural Landsberg Award in 2014. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150223_C1141_PHOTO_EN_12456.jpg
For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, Phone: 416-955-0394 ext. 501, e-mail: [email protected]