TORONTO, April 30, 2018 /CNW/ - Celebrating the power of journalism in an age of misinformation, the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is proud to launch its inaugural World News Day on May 3.
World News Day is a new initiative that builds on the UN's World Press Freedom Day to celebrate the stories, the people, the reporting and the professional news organizations that are dedicated to changing lives, challenging the status quo, holding those in power to account and supporting freedom and democracy.
"We belong to an industry that for too long has acted without confidence or clarity," says David Walmsley, chair of the CJF and editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail. "Never have more people consumed news or been more interested in news on so many platforms, but too few understand how journalism gets done. World News Day is a moment to pause and for our industry and our audience to join in explaining why journalism matters."
Newsrooms around the world have put their support behind World News Day, including: The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, which represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and more than 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries; the World Editors Forum; and the BBC.
Major media organizations in Canada are also participating, including live events in Toronto and Montreal featuring powerful testimonials from citizens alongside the journalists who told their stories, as well as live musical performances.
News outlets can show their support in the following ways:
- Run a World News Day ad in your publication (CJF can provide creative);
- Share your stories of why #NewsMatters on #WorldNewsDay;
- Solicit an opinion piece from a source who has been impacted by journalism to run on World News Day; and
- Devote an editorial to why news matter.
Citizens are encouraged to share their stories on Twitter of why #NewsMatters on #WorldNewsDay.
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.
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