Call for submissions: The Landsberg Award celebrates greater profile of women's issues

TORONTO, Jan. 27, 2017 /CNW/ - In recognition of a journalist who is championing women's issues, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation, are welcoming applications for The Landsberg Award. The deadline is Feb. 24, 2017.

"The Landsberg Award shines a much-needed light on women's issues in Canada. That light often uncovers how far we have left to go when it comes to reaching gender equality in our country," says Paulette Senior, president and CEO of the Canadian Women's Foundation, and a member of the jury. "We need more journalists willing to do the painstaking research, interviews and analysis that it takes to highlight these important stories. And we're thrilled to have this award to honour those who have taken on such challenging and important work."

This award recognizes a working journalist (employed or freelance) doing exceptional research, analysis and reporting through a gender lens about women's issues. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply. The recipient will receive $5,000 from the Canadian Women's Foundation.

Last year, the jury took the unusual step of recognizing more than one recipient:

  • The Enquête duo of journalist Josée Dupuis and producer/director Emmanuel Marchand won for their work finding Indigenous women who spoke about the racism, sexism, and sexual and physical abuse that they suffered at police hands in the northern Quebec town of Val-d'Or. View the French or English version of "SQ Abuse: women break the silence."
  • Catherine Porter, a columnist and feature writer with the Toronto Star, was recognized for her work as a columnist, exploring systemic issues as exemplified by "College of Physicians slow to censure silent bystanders" and "Slayings of three women sign of broken system."

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.

The winner, who will be selected by a jury of working journalists and Landsberg, will be recognized at the CJF Awards on June 8 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York.  Early bird rates for tickets and tables are available until March 31, 2017.

View the award details and online application form.

Twitter: #LandsbergAward

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 (English) and (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

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