TORONTO, March 18, 2019 /CNW/ - Martin Baron, the multi-award-winning executive editor of The Washington Post, will be honoured with the Canadian Journalism Foundation's Special Citation in recognition of his extraordinary contribution and fearless approach to journalism. He will be celebrated at the CJF Awards on June 13 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
"Marty Baron has been steadfast in his commitment to the highest standards of journalism over his storied career," says Natalie Turvey, president and executive director of the CJF. "In these challenging times for the media, his integrity and relentless pursuit of the truth have resulted in important journalism that has had a profound global impact. His guiding philosophy is simple. As he is fond of saying, 'Our mission is to try to find the truth . . . and that's what we try to do every day.' We are delighted to recognize his unparalleled editorial leadership."
Baron will attend the gala to accept the Special Citation, which is awarded at the discretion of the CJF.
In a career that includes stints at some of the leading U.S. news outlets, his influence has been widespread. Newsrooms under his leadership have won 14 Pulitzer Prizes: seven at The Washington Post, including one for revealing secret surveillance by the National Security Agency; six at The Boston Globe, including one for exposing a pattern of concealing clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, coverage portrayed years later in the Academy Award-winning movie Spotlight; and one at the Miami Herald, for its coverage of the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy who was at the centre of a fierce immigration and custody dispute. He has also been recognized with a number of awards for his editorial leadership.
As the The Post's executive editor since 2013, Baron oversees its print and digital news operations with a staff of more than 800 journalists. Prior to The Post, he was editor of The Boston Globe for 11 years and held top editing positions at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald, where he began his career
The annual CJF Awards gala is a celebration of journalistic excellence. More than 600 journalists, media executives and business leaders honour those who have made significant contributions to journalism—both locally and on the international stage—and to recognize emerging talent.
Other awards presented at the CJF Awards include the previously announced CJF Tribute, to be presented to Maria Ressa, the embattled executive editor and CEO of Philippine news site Rappler, along with the CJF Jackman Awards for Excellence in Journalism, the CJF-Facebook Journalism Project News Literacy Award, the CJF Lifetime Achievement Award, the CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, The Landsberg Award, the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, the William Southam Journalism Fellowships and the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.
The CJF thanks the generous support of presenting sponsor Deegan Public Strategies and sponsors Labatt Breweries of Canada, Accenture, Rogers, Facebook Journalism Project and CTV News. Thanks also to in-kind supporters The Canadian Press and CISION.
For tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities, see contact information below or visit the CJF Awards page.
About the Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious annual awards and fellowships program featuring an industry gala where news leaders, journalists and corporate Canada gather to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a public speakers' series, the CJF facilitates 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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For further information: Natalie Turvey, President and Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, [email protected]