Canadian Journalism Foundation Announces Award Winners

    The Hamilton Spectator and The Guelph Mercury Take Top Prize

    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) handed
out its major awards last night at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
    The Hamilton Spectator won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the
large or national media category, sponsored by the Jackman Foundation and the
Canadian Journalism Foundation. The Hamilton Spectator is the first ever
two-time winner of this award. "This organization has taken considerable
effort to maintain and exceed its already existing reputation for first-rate
work. It is renowned in North America for showing courage and independence and
is on an aggressive path to change industry norms," said John Fraser, incoming
Chair of The Canadian Journalism Foundation. "This organization is making
valuable inroads into evolving its newsroom. Innovation and fairness are at
the forefront of its mandate. The staff is dedicated to serving its community
- volunteering, educating and playing an important role in social
    The Guelph Mercury won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the small,
medium or local market category. "A feisty, intensely local paper demonstrates
how quality journalism can be embraced in the smallest of newsrooms. Pound for
pound, it is among the best in the country," said Donna Logan, Chair of the
Excellence in Journalism Award Selection Committee. "The jury was particularly
impressed by the importance this paper attaches to accuracy and
accountability. It has not only an advisory panel of readers but a panel of
young readers to advise on coverage for the age group that has traditionally
been the most elusive for newspapers."
    Honourable Mentions went to The Tyee in the small/local category and the
Canadian Press in the large/national category.
    The Greg Clark Award, sponsored by CTV and the Toronto Star, went to
Megan Wennberg, writer for The Coast and drumsong communications in Halifax,
NS. This award will enable her to spend some time with the newsmakers at
Nunatsiaq News in Iqaluit, Nunavut, where she will gain insight into
understanding the daily realities in Canada's north and be better equipped to
tell stories about a community that is playing an increasingly important role
in Canada's future.
    The Canadian Journalism Fellowships are awarded annually by Massey
College in the University of Toronto. Jeffrey Brown, Senior Assignment
Producer with CBC Radio National News, is this year's CBC/Radio-Canada Fellow.
Liane Faulder, feature writer for the Edmonton Journal, is awarded the St.
Clair Balfour Fellow, named after the late St. Clair Balfour who, along with
the late Gordon N. Fisher of Southam Newspapers, created these fellowships in
1962. Sheree-Lee Olson, Style Editor at the Globe and Mail, is the
Webster/McConnell Fellow, named after two Montreal foundations. And, finally,
this year's Gordon N. Fisher Commonwealth Fellowship went to Andrew Teyie,
senior political writer at The Standard in Kenya.
    The Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship was also presented at
the Gala. This famous fellowship was established at Harvard University. James
Baxter, editorial writer with the Edmonton Journal, was named the Martin Wise
Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellow. He will enjoy a one-year sabbatical at Harvard
    The Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, worth up to $100,000, is
sponsored by the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, the Toronto Star and the
Honderich family. The grant provides for a Canadian journalist to undertake a
year-long research project on a topical public policy issue. The recipient of
the fellowship this year is Judy Steed, feature writer at the Toronto Star.
For her fellowship, she will be working on a project entitled: Aging: The
Myths, the New Research, the Hidden Poverty, Transformative Models and Public
Policy Innovations.
    As previously announced, one of the evening's highlights was the
presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Norman Webster in honour of
his renowned journalistic career as an editor, foreign correspondent,
columnist and reporter. "Norman Webster's name has been synonymous with
quality journalism for four decades," said Geoffrey Stevens, Board member of
The Canadian Journalism Foundation and former colleague of Norman Webster.

         We would like to give special thanks to our Gala sponsors:

               Barrick Gold Corporation and Sun Life Financial

    About the Canadian Journalism Foundation

    Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a
not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in
Canadian journalism by recognizing outstanding journalistic achievement and by
promoting dialogue among media, business, government, public policy groups and

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact information: Ashifa Jiwani, The
Canadian Journalism Foundation, 117 Peter St., 3rd floor, Toronto, ON, M5V
2G9, Cell: (647) 896-4962, Office: (416) 955-0394, Fax: (416) 955-0395,

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