TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2019 /CNW/ - News organizations whose reporting drove profound and positive change in their communities are encouraged to apply for the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism. Two winners are selected annually, one for large media and one for small. This year's deadline for submissions is Feb. 22, 2019.
"Throughout Canada, journalists are struggling to find information, check facts and tell compelling stories about issues important to citizens," says jury selection member Colette Brin, director of the Centre d'études sur les médias at Université Laval. "Especially because this is occurring in often difficult conditions, it is essential to salute quality journalistic work, particularly as we become increasingly aware of misinformation online."
The award honours a Canadian organization that embodies exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community it serves. Since 1996, the CJF has celebrated news organizations that embrace ideals of journalistic excellence – accuracy, independence, accountability, courage and originality.
Last year's winners were The Globe and Mail, in the large media category, for its "Unfounded" investigation exposing systemic flaws in the ways police handle sexual assault complaints, and The Independent of Petrolia and Central Lambton, in the small media category, for stories revealing conflicts of interest by the chief administrative officer for the southwestern Ontario town of Petrolia.
A list of finalists will be revealed in April, with the winner announced at the CJF Awards at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 13, 2019. Early-bird rates for tickets and tables for the gala are available until Feb. 28, 2019.
New this year, as previously announced, those making submissions for the Excellence award can use a joint online form to apply simultaneously for the Michener Award, which recognizes public service journalism and which will be presented at a separate ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, also to be held in June.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious annual awards and fellowships program featuring an industry gala where news leaders, journalists and corporate Canada gather to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a public speakers' series, the CJF facilitates 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.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: Natalie Turvey, President and Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, [email protected], 416-955-0396