TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - To celebrate journalistic efforts that encourage Canadians to understand and assess the quality of news they consume, the new CJF-Facebook Journalism Project News Literacy Award is now accepting applications. The deadline is Feb. 16, 2018.
A joint initiative by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and the Facebook Journalism Project, the award was established to promote news literacy among Canadians. The award, which carries a $10,000 prize, will also recognize best practices that underpin factual reporting as key contributions to Canadian democracy.
"A healthy news ecosystem is essential to Canada's democracy and so is the authentic exchange of ideas and information. Facebook is deeply committed to both," said Kevin Chan, head of public policy, Facebook Canada. "This award—to promote journalistic efforts that increase the critical consumption of news—is an important part of bringing that commitment to life."
The following types of news projects are eligible for the award:
- Journalistic works and undertakings that explore the relationship between journalism in all its forms and democratic engagement, with a focus on models for the future of news;
- Projects that test new or innovative processes or practices that enlighten audiences about the time, effort and costs involved in maintaining standards of excellence and factual reporting in professional journalism in the digital age;
- Innovative initiatives by news organizations and other relevant organizations that help create an informed news audience by providing them with the tools to help expose misinformation.
Read the award details.
This award will be presented at the annual CJF Awards on June 14 at the Fairmont Royal York. Early-bird tickets and tables are available until Jan. 31.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded 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 annual industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speaker's 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 fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
About the Facebook Journalism Project
The Facebook Journalism Project aims to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry. They collaborate with news organizations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways Facebook can be a better partner, and working with publishers and educators on how Facebook can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age. Through the development of collaborative news products and training and tools for journalists, Facebook aims to bring journalism into the digital age.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0396, [email protected]