Special opportunity for early-career journalists: Greg Clark Award

TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Early-career journalists looking to spend a week exploring their beat in greater depth are encouraged to apply for The Canadian Journalism Foundation's Greg Clark Award.  The deadline for applications is Feb. 19, 2016.

The successful applicant will receive $5,000 toward travel expenses, accommodation costs and related incidentals, with any unused funds to be converted into a stipend.

Last year's winner was Laura Stone, who joins The Globe and Mail's Ottawa bureau as a reporter next week. She used the award opportunity to get an inside look in into the RCMP's Senate investigation. Read the report of Stone's experience and her three-part exclusive series on Globalnews.ca, where she was a politics reporter: "Inside the RCMP's Senate investigation," "How the RCMP investigates the Senate" and "How Mike Duffy will impact the RCMP's investigation."

"I can't praise this opportunity enough," says Stone. "The award allowed me to pitch access into one of the most highly-guarded units in the RCMP. Without the award to back me, I would never have been allowed inside. Now, I understand the process of what goes into investigating the most politically sensitive files and I can pass that knowledge on to the public."

The Greg Clark Award is unique in Canadian journalism, designed to offer working journalists a chance to gain insight and meet key decision-makers on their beats. The successful applicant will get an opportunity to spend up to a week observing the inner workings of an organization not usually accessible to journalists.

All arrangements for the award assignment will be made in consultation with the award winner.

The award was created in memory of Greg Clark, one of Canada's greatest journalists—a war correspondent, avid outdoorsman and humorist, but above all a great reporter who excelled at storytelling.

Visit our website for full details. Apply now with our online application form.

If you know early-career journalists who could benefit from this opportunity, please encourage them to apply.

The winner will be honoured at the CJF Awards at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 16, 2016. Early bird rates for tickets and tables are available until February 26. This award is generously supported by Shaw Communications and Toronto Star.

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 J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

Image with caption: "Laura Stone, a politics reporter who moves from Globalnews.ca to The Globe and Mail’'s Ottawa bureau next week, was the recipient of last year's Greg Clark Award. She spent a week getting an inside look at the RCMP's Senate investigation. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160129_C8288_PHOTO_EN_608329.jpg

For further information: Wendy Kan, Program Manager, Canadian Journalism Foundation, 595 Bay Street, Suite 401, Toronto, ON M5G 2C2, programs@cjf-fjc.ca, 416-955-0975


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