TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2014 The Canadian Journalism Foundation commends the courage of Canadian journalists who provided live coverage of the tragic and fast-moving events during the Ottawa shootings yesterday, and to laud the factual, responsible coverage provided by the country's news outlets in light of conflicting and confusing accounts.
''The Canadian Journalism Foundation wants to recognize the courage and commitment of those journalists whose vivid first-hand reporting told the nation yesterday's tragic story," says John Cruickshank, chair of the CJF and publisher of the Toronto Star.
While the Centre Block of Parliament Hill was under siege, Josh Wingrove, a reporter for The Globe and Mail, took cover behind a pillar and shot video of police sweeping the building for the gunman, providing raw footage of gunfire inside the building.
The CJF sends its condolences to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier who was shot and killed while standing guard at the National War Memorial, and lauds those who helped secure the areas under threat, including Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms on Parliament Hill who shot the gunman.
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 supports journalism websites J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: Media Contact: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0394 x501, [email protected]