Media Advisory - Canadian Journalism Foundation Announces Award Winners

    The Winnipeg Free Press and The Tyee Take Top Prize

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ -

    The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) handed out its major awards
    tonight at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

    The Winnipeg Free Press won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the
    large or national media category, sponsored by the Jackman Foundation and
    the Canadian Journalism Foundation. "The jury found the Winnipeg Free
    Press presentation dazzling," said Michael Benedict, Chair of CJF's
    Excellence Award jury. "It exceeded all our criteria for excellence. It
    is gratifying that in a time when so many papers are in survival mode,
    that the Free Press remains journalistically ambitious and strives to
    achieve even greater heights."

    The Tyee won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the small, medium or
    local market category. "The Tyee is a beacon for those seeking new models
    in a media landscape that is undergoing seismic shifts," said John
    Macfarlane, Chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. "It is gaining
    attention because while it employs new methodologies it still adheres to
    time-honoured journalistic standards - and always with the aim of
    achieving excellence."

    The Greg Clark Award, sponsored by CTV and the Toronto Star, went to
    Mary-Catherine McIntosh, a reporter with CBC Radio in Calgary. Mary-
    Catherine has taken an interest in the plight of temporary foreign
    workers, having dealt with it in a number of stories. This award will
    enable her to spend some time with Pura Velasco, a Toronto-based advocate
    for temporary foreign workers and caregivers and a key figure in the
    national community, to learn more about her work with this marginalized

    The Canadian Journalism Fellowships are awarded annually by Massey
    College in the University of Toronto. Kevin Robertson, a producer with
    CBC Radio, received the CBC/Radio-Canada Fellowship. Marina Jimenez,
    senior feature writer for the The Globe and Mail, was awarded the St.
    Clair Balfour Fellow, named after the late St. Clair Balfour who, along
    with the late Gordon N. Fisher of Southam Newspapers, created these
    fellowships in 1962. Eric Lemus of La, El Salvador received
    the new Scotiabank/CJFE fellowship. The Webster/McConnell fellowship,
    named after two Montreal foundations, was awarded to Rachel Pulfer, the
    U.S. correspondent for Canadian Business. In addition, this year an
    Associate Journalism Fellowship was awarded to the Dunlap Institute
    Journalist-in-Residence at University of Toronto, Ivan Semeniuk, formerly
    the U.S. bureau chief at New Scientist magazine.

    The Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship was also presented at
    the Gala. This famous fellowship was established at Harvard University
    and includes a year of study at the school. This year's winner is Jana
    Juginovic, director of news and programming, CTV News Channel and
    executive producer, CTV News Specials, who will study the impact of 24-
    hour news on public policy.

    The Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, worth up to $100,000, is
    sponsored by the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, the Toronto Star and the
    Honderich family. The grant provides for a Canadian journalist to
    undertake a year-long research project on a topical public policy issue.
    The recipient of the fellowship this year is Kate Taylor, an arts
    columnist at The Globe and Mail. For her fellowship, she will address
    Canada's prospects for cultural sovereignty in the Internet era.

    As previously announced, one of the evening's highlights was the
    presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Joe Schlesinger by Her
    Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of
    Canada. For four decades, Schlesinger has reported for CBC Television
    News from every part of the world. "I have been a Joe Schlesinger fan for
    years," says Geoffrey Stevens, chair of CJF's Lifetime Achievement Award
    jury. "He is always intelligent, fair and accurate -- a model for all
    young journalists."

    Veteran broadcast journalist Morley Safer was also welcomed back to his
    native Toronto for a special Canadian Journalism Foundation tribute at
    this year's gala. With a body of work spanning six decades and a host of
    awards to his credit, Safer is one of North America's most celebrated
    journalists. While he's best known for his nearly 40 years as a
    correspondent on the CBS News show 60 Minutes, his broadcast career began
    in Canada with the CBC.

    To view the videos presented at tonight's gala, go to:

         We would like to give special thanks to our gala sponsors:
                            Labatt (Lead Sponsor)
                             Walton International
                               Thomson Reuters
                                BMO Financial
                   About the Canadian Journalism Foundation

    The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit organization
    that promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding
    journalistic achievement through an annual awards program; by operating
    journalism websites, (English) and (French), in
    cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools; and by
    organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists, business
    people, politicians, government officials and academics about the role of
    the media in Canadian society.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact information: Natalie Turvey, The
Canadian Journalism Foundation, Phone (416) 955-0394,,

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