Journalists championing women's issues encouraged to apply for The Landsberg Award

TORONTO, Jan. 27, 2016 /CNW/ - In recognition of a journalist who is giving a greater profile to women's issues, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation, are welcoming applications for The Landsberg Award. The deadline is Feb. 19, 2016.

This award recognizes a working journalist (employed or freelance) doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women's issues in Canada. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply. The recipient will receive $5,000 from the Canadian Women's Foundation.

"The Landsberg Award is prestigious, high-profile and hungered-for," says Heather Mallick, a staff columnist for the Toronto Star who won the award last year. Mallick was selected by the jury based on her work exploring the legal framework surrounding prostitution in other countries during Canada's debate over laws governing the sex trade, including her "Prostitution: lessons from Europe's streets."

"The Landsberg Award makes the issue of equality for half the human race a big subject for all Canadian media," says Mallick. "We work hard to have a shot at winning in honour of Michele, one of the nation's most storied and groundbreaking journalists. Winning in 2015 was a high point of my career. I was overcome."

The award is named after Michele Landsberg—award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist—to acknowledge the tremendous impact she had as an advocate and role model.

The award recipient, who will be selected by a jury of working journalists and Landsberg, will be recognized at the CJF Awards on June 16 in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York.  Early bird rates for tickets and tables are available until February 26, 2016.

View the award details and online application form.

Twitter: #LandsbergAward

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.

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. Since 1991, we've raised money and invested in over 1,300 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

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

Image with caption: "Heather Mallick, staff columnist with the Toronto Star, was selected as the recipient of last year's Landsberg Award for her series of articles exploring the legal framework surrounding prostitution in other countries during Canada's debate over laws governing the sex trade. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at:

For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, Phone: 416-955-0396, e-mail:


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