CJF Awards to celebrate excellence in journalism, honour CNN's Jake Tapper

TORONTO, April 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Celebrating significant contributions to journalism across the country and abroad, the CJF Awards will also honour CNN's Jake Tapper with its special CJF Tribute and Radio-Canada's Jean Pelletier with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Canadian Lyse Doucet, BBC's chief international correspondent and senior presenter for BBC World TV and World Service Radio, will host the gala.

The CJF Awards, which also recognizes journalistic innovation and emerging talent, takes place on June 8 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York and draws an audience of more than 600 journalists, media executives and business leaders every year.

The CJF Tribute recognizes media luminaries who uphold the highest standards of excellence and inspire working journalists around the world. Tapper is being cited for his work during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign. CNN's chief Washington correspondent and daily anchor of The Lead with Jake Tapper, which covers news in the U.S. and around the world, Tapper is also the host of CNN's Sunday morning show, State of the Union, where he interviews newsmakers on politics and policy.

Meanwhile, Pelletier, senior director of television current affairs and documentaries with Radio-Canada, will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary ongoing career as a reporter, producer, editor and journalism trailblazer, spanning both print and broadcast. As La Presse's first permanent correspondent in Washington, D.C., he uncovered the story of the 1980 dramatic escape from Iran of six U.S. diplomats who had been hidden by Canadian embassy staff during the Tehran hostage crisis. In 2007, he created Radio-Canada's investigative journalism program Enquête, which was the first to shed light on corruption and collusion in Quebec's construction industry.

Other awards to be presented at the gala include: the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism (awarded in two categories, large and small media), the CJF Innovation Award, The Landsberg Award, the CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, 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.

For tickets and tables, sponsorship opportunities and highlights of past events, visit the CJF Awards page and see contact information below.

The Canadian Journalism Foundation thanks presenting sponsor CN, along with the following organizations for their support of the CJF Awards: Labatt Breweries of Canada, Accenture, Barrick Gold Corporation, Medtronic, Manulife, Rogers, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Thomson Reuters, Scotiabank, CTV News, the Facebook Journalism Project, and Tom Kierans and Mary Janigan.

Thanks also to the following for their in-kind support: The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Metro, National Post, Toronto Star, CNW, The Canadian Press and Porter Airlines.


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 fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, nturvey@cjf-fjc.ca, 416-955-0396; To purchase a table or tickets for the CJF Awards, please contact: Josh Gurfinkel, Office and IT Manager, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, jgurfinkel@cjf-fjc.ca, 416-955-0394


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