TORONTO, June 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Bestselling author and New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell will be among those honoured at this year's sold-out Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards, taking place June 3 in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York.
Gladwell, known for books such as The Tipping Point and Blink, will be recognized as part of the annual CJF Tribute, which honours a Canadian media luminary who has made an impact on the international stage.
The annual CJF Awards is a celebration of excellence in journalism, attracting more than 600 journalists, media executives, academics and business leaders. This year's event will also celebrate The Canadian Journalism Foundation's 25th anniversary and pay tribute to CJF founder Eric Jackman.
Hosts from Canada's three major networks are among those attending: Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent and anchor of CBC News: The National, will host the event. Dawna Friesen, anchor and executive editor of Global National, and Lisa LaFlamme, chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News, will be among the guests.
A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Michel Auger, the longtime crime reporter with Le Journal de Montréal. Auger is best known for his exposés of organized crime, including the violent rivalry among motorcycle gangs in Quebec in the 1990s. He managed to survive six shots to his back in a parking lot across from the newspaper's office.
The winner of the inaugural CJF Innovation Award, recognizing a breakthrough impact in advancing the quality of journalism, will be announced the same evening.
Other awards to be presented include the Excellence in Journalism Award – in two categories: large media and small media – the CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowships, The Landsberg Award, the Greg Clark Award, the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, the William Southam Journalism Fellowships, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.
To support CJF programs, an online ad auction of prime space in major media outlets is now open. Space in The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Metro and the Toronto Star are available for bids. The auction closes at 9:00 p.m. on Awards night, with the successful bidders announced later that evening.
Executives and leaders from the following major media outlets, businesses and organizations will be among those attending the event: Bloomberg, The Canadian Press, CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV News, Global News, The Globe and Mail, Postmedia, Rogers, Shaw Communications, Thomson Reuters, Toronto Star, The Wall Street Journal, AGF Investments, Aimia, Atkinson Foundation, Barrick Gold Corporation, Bayfield Strategy, BlackBerry, Canadian Women's Foundation, CIBC, CN, Faskeau Martineau, FleishmanHillard, Global Public Affairs, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Ipsos Reid Public Affairs, Ivanhoé Cambridge, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Massey College and University of Toronto, McDonald's Canada, Weber Shandwick Canada, POLLARA Strategic Insights, TD Bank Group and Unifor.
The CJF thanks the following organizations for their support of this event: RBC, BMO Financial Group, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Postmedia, Accenture, Medtronic, Scotiabank, Shaw Communications, CTV News, Manulife Financial, Rogers, Barrick Gold Corporation, Canadian Bankers Association, Sun Life Financial, and Tom Kierans and Mary Janigan.
Benefits of purchasing a table include the opportunity to host two journalists and this year, media guests include Ian Brown, Stephen Brunt, Tom Clark, Kevin Donovan, Michael Enright, Dawna Friesen, Gillian Findlay, Marcus Gee, Shinan Govani, Amber Kanwar, Jonathan Kay, Lisa LaFlamme, Stephen Maher, Heather Mallick, Anne-Marie Mediwake, Vinay Menon, Wendy Mesley, Kevin Newman, Carol Off, Adam Radwanski, Elizabeth Renzetti, Laura Stone, Judith Timson, Anna Maria Tremonti and Paul Wells, among others.
Thank you also to Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Metro, Blackberry, CBC News, CNW, CTV News, Global News and Porter for their in-kind support.
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.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
Image with caption: "Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author and New Yorker writer, will be among those honoured at the CJF Awards in Toronto on June 3. The annual CJF Tribute will recognize Gladwell for his pioneering work as author and journalist. Photo: Brooke Williams (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150601_C8402_PHOTO_EN_17354.jpg
For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, [email protected], 416-955-0396