TORONTO, April 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Project, better known through its J-source and ProjetJ websites, was honoured as the recipient of the Canadian Association of Journalist's President's Award.
The president's award was created and is awarded at the president's discretion to any individuals or organizations that have made exemplary contributions to Canadian journalism.
Since its inception in the spring of 2007 under the leadership of Ryerson University journalism professor Ivor Shapiro, the project's websites have become a comprehensive source for information, analysis and discussion on the craft of journalism in Canada.
Its initial group of partners — which includes the CAJ — has grown to include almost every university level and some college-level journalism programs, media outlets and other journalism organizations.
"The Canadian Journalism Project highlights excellence in Canadian journalism and allows a place to consider and discuss it with those who take interest," CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues said. "It was an easy decision to recognize this commitment for its exemplary contribution to journalism."
The project is funded by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
The President's Award is given under circumstances of exceptional merit to those people or organizations that have made a significant contribution to Canadian journalism. Previous recipients include the now-defunct independent Carleton Free Press weekly newspaper from Woodstock, N.B., murdered photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, crime writer Michel Auger, journalist Tara Singh Hayer and Canada's media lawyers.
The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with around 600 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.
For further information:
Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president, 519-756-2020 ext. 2226, 519-535-8680 cell, [email protected]