Canadian Journalism Foundation: Next event Feb. 16 "Defending Against Libel
and Contempt"

TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ -

CJF Newsletter

issue 37, FEBRUARY 10




Tuesday, February 16 / 6:30 p.m. / Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto

The ground has shifted for journalists at risk of libel and related lawsuits. The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued two landmark rulings offering a new protection for journalists: a "public interest" defence against libel. And two upcoming decisions may go even further if they extend journalists' ability to protect the identity of confidential sources without being in contempt of court.

CJF Forums welcome media lawyer Paul Schabas, defamation counsel Peter Downard and the head of CBC News' Investigative Unit Harvey Cashore to examine the benefits and the risks of changing laws. The panel will be moderated by journalist and academic Geoffrey Stevens.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m., Reception 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto

Tickets are $15 or $5 with student ID. Visit the EVENT PAGE ( for more details and to purchase tickets.

Thank you to CJF Forums Exclusive Series Sponsor: BMO FINANCIAL GROUP


Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award winner announced

Adrien Veczan, a 24-year-old freelance photojournalist whose work has appeared in the Toronto Star and Sydney Morning Herald among other news publications, is the winner of the first Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award. He will complete a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto later this year.

Graeme Roy, director of news photography at The Canadian Press and chair of the selection committee, said that choosing a winner was difficult but it was a pleasure to review each portfolio as the quality of the submissions was outstanding.

"We hope that we can build on this very solid foundation for next year, and have even more young photographers submit their portfolios for this important award," says Roy. Read the full PRESS RELEASE (




featuring an HONORARY TRIBUTE to JIM BALSILLIE and MIKE LAZARIDIS, co-CEOs of Research in Motion, for their contribution to revolutionizing modern journalism technology.

JUNE 10, 2010

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto

Please join us as prominent journalists, media executives, business and public sector leaders come together to celebrate excellence in journalism. Limited sponsorship opportunities still available -- see the GALA ( page for more information.


Olympics coverage on J-SOURCE

The 2010 Winter Olympics hit Vancouver on February 12 and journalists around the world have flocked to B.C. to cover the action. Staying calm in the midst of the media frenzy, has launched a special 2010 OLYMPICS COVERAGE section ( that examines the issues related to journalism at the Games. The section features articles and opinion columns from J-Source editors and guest contributors as well as links to relevant material for journalists covering the event. This week, TV sports icon Jim Van Horne looks at the challenges Canadian journalists face when profit potential affects coverage (, while veteran Globe columnist William Houston argues why journalists shouldn't be torchbearers (


For further information: For further information: The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 117 Peter St. 3rd fl., Toronto, ON M5V 2G9, Tel: (416) 955-0630, E-mail:

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