TORONTO, April 18, 2018 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and the Facebook Journalism Project are pleased to announce the finalists for the inaugural CJF-Facebook Journalism Project News Literacy Award.
"The first year of a new award is always exciting because we never know what we'll end up with in entries," says Susan Harada, jury chair and associate director of Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication. "We were heartened to receive a range of innovative initiatives from a diverse group of applicants that recognized the urgency behind encouraging citizens to actively engage with quality journalism."
The award celebrates journalistic efforts that encourage Canadians to better understand and assess the quality of news they consume and to promote news literacy generally. The award, which carries a $10,000 prize, will also recognize best practices that underpin factual reporting as key contributions to Canadian democracy.
The finalists are:
- The Canadian Press, for its twice-monthly "Baloney Meter" initiative, which explores on a true-or-false basis the answers to public policy questions often obscured by the theatrics of Parliament;
- Radio-Canada, for an initiative by weekly program Corde sensible designed to meet misinformation and false stories where they flourish — the social media networks of ordinary Canadians — presented in a short video Fausses Nouvelles : suffit d'y croire adapted for Facebook and YouTube to ensure shareability
- Toronto Star, for its Trust Project, a newspaper-wide initiative to enhance reader trust, including a weekly trust feature, regular columns by the public editor examining reader trust and an overhaul of how articles are labelled to distinguish between news stories and analysis.
The winner will be announced at the annual CJF Awards on June 14 at the Fairmont Royal York. Tickets and tables and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Chair - Susan Harada, associate director of the School of Journalism and Communication, head of the Journalism Program, and associate professor, Carleton University
Gino Apponi, former senior director and chief of staff, CBC News
Stephen Kimber, professor of journalism, University of King's College
Shauna Snow-Capparelli, associate professor, Bachelor of Communication-Journalism, Mount Royal University
Catherine Wallace, assistant manager editor, News, Toronto Star
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.
About the Facebook Journalism Project
The Facebook Journalism Project aims to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry. It collaborates with news organizations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways Facebook can be a better partner, and working with publishers and educators on how Facebook can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age. Through the development of collaborative news products and training and tools for journalists, Facebook aims to bring journalism into the digital age.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: For inquiries: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, [email protected]