Is your journalism making a difference? Apply for the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism

TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2017 /CNW/- News organizations whose journalism has effected profound and positive change in their communities are encouraged to apply for The Canadian Journalism Foundation's (CJF) Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism. Two winners are selected, one for large media and one for small. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 24, 2017.

"In a year when fake news has come to dominate much of the discussion about the future of journalism, the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence reminds Canadians of everything that journalism can and must be - and why it is so important to celebrate our news media who serve large and small communities while maintaining exemplary standards of reporting and analytical excellence," says Chris Waddell, chair of the jury and associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication with Carleton University.

Since 1996, the CJF has celebrated news organizations that embrace ideals of journalistic excellence - accuracy, independence, accountability, courage and originality. Since 2007, winners have been selected in large media and small media categories. News organizations across the country can review the details and criteria before applying, using the online form.

Last year's winners were CBC News (large media) and the Saint John, N.B. Telegraph-Journal (small media). Past winners in the large media category include The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, The Current – CBC Radio One, Toronto Star, The Canadian Press and the Hamilton Spectator. Previous winners in the small media category include The Coast (Halifax), The Tyee, Vancouver Observer, CBC Manitoba, Metroland Durham Region, the St. John's Telegram and the Guelph Mercury. The full list of past winners can be found on the website.

A shortlist will be announced in April, with the winner announced at the 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
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 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 Street, Suite 401, Toronto, ON M5G 2C2, Phone: 416-955-0396 e-mail:


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