Canadian Journalism Foundation's Innovation Award now offers $10,000 prize

TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Further strengthening its support of journalistic innovation, The Canadian Journalism Foundation is proud to announce its CJF Innovation Award now offers the winning organization a cash prize of $10,000, with thanks to the generous support of new award sponsor Chevrolet. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 24, 2017.

As the media industry faces unprecedented challenges and demands for change, this award recognizes innovations by a single news organization that have a demonstrated impact in advancing the quality of journalism.

"The media faces challenges on many sides: from attracting and retaining audiences to increasing revenue to standing out in a sea of fake news and misinformation," says Joshua Benton, a member of the jury and director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. "The best way for journalists to tackle these problems is to innovate — to come up with new, creative solutions to the problems they and their communities face in creating a more informed democracy. This award recognizes those efforts."

Innovation can come in a wide range of fields, including (but not restricted to):

  • new formats for audiences;
  • different operating procedures within a newsroom;
  • new storytelling techniques;
  • a new product produced by the newsroom;
  • the design and/or introduction of new technology;
  • distinctive reporting strategies and techniques;
  • new ways of engagement with audiences;
  • involvement of the community in the news process; and
  • partnerships or team approaches to reporting and producing stories.

Details about the award can be found at the CJF Innovation Award page and applications can be submitted via the online form.

Last year's winner was Discourse Media, an upstart Vancouver-based independent media company that produces in-depth journalism about complex issues using collaborative approaches, as exemplified in their "Moving Forward" project.

The winner will be recognized at the annual CJF Awards at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 8, 2017. Early-bird rates for tickets and tables are available until March 31, 2017.

About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
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 speakers' series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and its ongoing challenges in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites (English) and (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism, education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

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For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 595 Bay St, Suite 401, Toronto, ON M5G 2C2, Phone: 416-955-0396, e-mail:


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