TORONTO, April 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Tavia Grant, a journalist with The Globe and Mail, is this year's winner of The Landsberg Award, in recognition of her exceptional coverage of women's equality issues. Grant's articles explored the trafficking of Indigenous women as well as the ongoing gender pay gap.
"Grant's pieces demonstrated powerful and original research, throwing new and highly relevant light on ongoing issues," says Michele Landsberg, the award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist for whom the award is named and who sits on its jury. "Each of her submissions brought fresh information and insight to long-standing feminist concerns, and the support offered by The Globe is impressive."
The award acknowledges Landsberg's tremendous impact as an advocate and role model for women.
Presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation, The Landsberg Award celebrates a journalist who gives greater profile to women's equality issues. The award recognizes exceptional research, analysis and presentation through a gender lens in print, broadcast or online news.
Grant's series "Missing and Murdered: The Trafficked" focused on how Indigenous women are disproportionately affected by human trafficking. The series generated positive responses from federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and also helped ensure that Ontario's strategy to combat human trafficking had a specific, Indigenous component. With pieces such as "Ahead of missing and murdered inquiry, Inuit seek to have voices heard," Grant ensured mainstream coverage of an issue that has long been under-reported.
Meanwhile, Grant's story on the gender pay gap, "Women still earning less money than men despite gains in education: study"—an exclusive based on Statistics Canada data produced in response to a Globe request—generated many reader responses, both positive and negative.
Grant has worked at The Globe for 12 years, covering everything from economics to labour, gender issues and public policy.
As Landsberg Award winner, Grant receives $5,000 from the Canadian Women's Foundation, to be presented at the annual CJF Awards, June 8 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York. Tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities are available for the CJF Awards.
Past recipients of The Landsberg Award were the Radio-Canada Enquête duo of journalist Josée Dupuis and producer/director Emmanuel Marchand; Catherine Porter, a social justice columnist and feature reporter with the Toronto Star; Heather Mallick, staff columnist with the Toronto Star and Janet McFarland, business reporter with The Globe and Mail.
Chair - Sally Armstrong, journalist, human rights activist and author
Catherine Cano, president and general manager, CPAC
Lianne George, editor-in-chief, Chatelaine
Michele Landsberg, journalist, author, feminist and social justice advocate
Steve Paikin, host, TVO's The Agenda
Paulette Senior, president and CEO, Canadian Women's Foundation
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.
About the Canadian Women's Foundation
The Canadian Women's Foundation is Canada's public foundation for women and girls. We empower women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence and leadership. Since 1991, we've raised money and invested in over 1,400 community programs across Canada, and are now one of the ten largest women's foundations in the world. We take a positive approach to address root causes of the most critical issues facing women and girls. We study and share the best ways to create long-term change and bring community organizations together for training and to learn from each other. We carefully select and fund the programs with the strongest outcomes and regularly evaluate their work. We have a special focus on building a community of women helping other women. Helping women creates safer families and communities, and a more prosperous society for all of us. We invest in the strength of women and the dreams of girls. For more information please visit www.canadianwomen.org.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0396, [email protected]